The Urban Grow Center –

594 River Street, Troy




The Urban Grow Center is a regional food hub where the power of local agriculture is being channeled for the social, economic, and physical benefits of the entire

Capital Region.


Through increased and improved produce storage and distribution capacity, the Urban Grow Center enables Capital Roots to supply more people with more food from local farms, improving access to nutritious food in urban areas while helping regional farmers cost-effectively reach new markets. The facility also includes a produce stand which serves a neighborhood without access to fresh food.






Stocked with fruits, veggies, and other farm fresh goodies, the Produce Market at the Urban Grow Center is open weekdays from 9am – 4:30pm to provide fresh food access to the neighborhood. 





There is ample space at the Grow Center for our volunteers. The Volunteer Center is handicap accessible and has enough space to accommodate large groups. Volunteer opportunities range from helping with mailings to packaging produce. You can learn more by going to the volunteer section of our website.




The Food Hub at the Urban Grow Center is equipped with two large walk-in coolers, loading bays, and enough room to maneuver pallets of produce. This facility upgrade will enable Capital Roots to triple the amount of fresh food we deliver to underserved neighborhoods and low-income families in the Capital Region.



The Story

In early 2013, we secured the location and support necessary to begin building the Urban Grow Center, which will take several years to complete and will proceed in phases. The site is located at 594 River Street in Troy fits our most crucial requirements: It is moments from 787; easing produce transport from farms and to area cities, as well as being on Troy’s major north/south bus line. The building and grounds are tailor-made for urban farming and capturing the power of the sun.



Rehab and expansion of 594 River Street to provide enough room for existing programs and the development of a local food hub with loading bays and cold storage. Sustainable technologies will include green roof, water reuse, runoff reduction and porous pavements.


Phase II

Conversion of urban land for growing and construction of hydroponic greenhouses for four season food production and training. Technologies will include water reuse, aquaponics and LED lighting.


Construction of a multiuse building with a shared use incubator kitchen, community resource rooms and indoor and outdoor event space. Sustainable technologies will include solar generation and water heating, runoff reduction.