The Produce Project

Hands on Horticulture Education and

Job Readiness Training all on an Urban Farm

 2016_ProPro_Photo.pngCapital Roots' Produce Project is a year-round life skills and job readiness training program that increases employment and educational opportunity for urban youth. Students are given a stipend and school credit for operating three acres of farmland, two of which overlook Troy’s historic downtown. Two greenhouses provide sheltered space for the trainees to work in all year long. The farm provides a safe haven for students after school throughout the year and during the summer. 


A growing demand for local food and climbing city populations have given rise to the urban agriculture industry. High demand and community support create an inviting environment for Produce Project trainees to learn the basic job skills they need to stay competitive in any industry.


Many students struggle in the traditional classroom setting. The Produce Project’s hands-on use of math and science and application of horticultural concepts at the farm helps youth relate to their work and stay engaged in their own education.