Who We Are

Grow – Educate – Provide

Our vision for the future is of a Capital Region where every person
has access to fresh, affordable, healthy food.

From the opening of its first gardens in 1975, to the dynamic and multifaceted organization of today, Capital Roots has worked to reduce the impact of poor nutrition on public health in the Capital Region. We organize community gardens, improve access to healthy food, offer nutrition and horticulture education for all ages and coordinate urban greening programs in Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady and southern Saratoga counties

What We Do

Getting to know Capital Roots

Take a look at our programs and the impact they have on the Capital Region. In 2014, the Urban Grow Center became the home of Capital Roots’ regional food hub and office headquarters. This project, more than a decade in the making, was developed to improve access to nutritious food in the Capital Region’s urban areas while helping regional farmers cost-effectively reach new markets.

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Decades ago, when Capital Roots began advocating for fresh healthy foods for all, the concept was radical. Filling hungry bellies was the focus; what people were served was not a primary concern. But this notion is no longer revolutionary. The concept that quality food is often the most important medicine needed for a healthy life is now a mainstream idea. Our work focuses on creative ways to not only serve those in need, but empower them to choose the food they love and provide education on ways to live a healthier lifestyle. It is a hand up, not a hand out.

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