Capital Campaign

How You Can Help

At Capital Roots, we believe there is no better time to invest in our community.
In our entrepreneurs.
In our urban centers.
In our farmers.
But we can’t do it alone.
Join us today as we invest in the strength and vitality of the Capital Region.

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Phase II: Greenhouses

Capital Roots’ Net Zero greenhouse range is changing the game. By using innovative design and the earth’s constant temperature as a thermal battery to both heat and cool, these greenhouses reduce standard energy inputs by 80 percent. Solar and other technologies will help “spin the meter backward.” Located at the corner of Jay and 5th Avenue, this bank of three greenhouses and a production facility will enable Capital Roots to grow its job-readiness programming AND invest further in its commitment to community education.
Two hydroponics greenhouses, using controlled-environment agriculture, will support year round food production and an adult job-readiness program based on Capital Roots’ successful Produce Project youth training model, helping the region’s long-term unemployed not only gain, but retain jobs.
A third traditional greenhouse will support community education, a pillar of Capital Roots’ mission, while also growing plants for programs, sales and the support of regional greenspaces.
The greenhouses, their support buildings, landscaping and outdoor teaching spaces, have been designed to fit the aesthetic of the neighborhood, while ensuring the efficient distribution of the food they grow.

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Phase II: The Incubator Kitchen

The expansion features an Incubator Kitchen open 24/7 for the development and support of local food-based businesses. There budding entrepreneurs will be connected with our network of farms and sales outlets, giving them access to both the raw materials and the markets necessary for lasting success.
Beyond access to a commercial kitchen, with its equipment, culinary support and a regional food hub across the hall, entrepreneurs will benefit from business mentoring offered through our partnership with the Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region. The Loan Fund will offer classes ranging from business planning to branding, and in addition, give incubator businesses personalized support and access to loans.
Together, these services provide the framework for food businesses to produce and sustain products that meet the growing demand in the community.

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Phase II: The Market and Expanded Food Hub

The public face of the Center will be its street-level Market, designed to better meet the needs of the surrounding food desert. With a broader range of products, longer hours and greater visibility, this stand-alone 1,700-square-foot market improves on Phase I’s produce stand, letting all community members know the Grow Center and its services are there for them.
The Market’s open design, accessible to people of all walks of life, will offer affordable and local fruits and vegetables all year long, as well as value-added products from our kitchen and other regional producers, in addition to local meat and dairy.

In addition to new and reimagined spaces, Capital Roots will add a second regional Food Hub with the highest level of food safety necessary to serve institutional customers, especially local schools, with local farm products. In 2017, Capital Roots became certified by the USDA for Good Handling and Good Agricultural practices. This certification, coupled with an expanded hub, will ensure all institutions from child care centers and soup kitchens to school districts and faith-based communities are able to purchase from and support the regional farm economy.

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If you would like to learn more about our Capital Campaign, please contact our CEO, Amy.

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