Welcome to Capital Roots, a non-profit community service organization that has been helping residents of Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Schenectady counties improve their neighborhoods and access healthy food for more than 40 years. Our mission is to nourish healthy communities by providing access to fresh food and green spaces for all.
Our 52 community food gardens foster self-sufficiency and help families cut their living costs by growing their own food locally. We transform vacant lots into productive neighborhood garden spaces, and beautify urban areas through landscaping and street tree programs.
Capital Roots provides access to fresh food through innovative programs like our Veggie Mobile travelling produce markets and our Healthy Stores program - which places refrigerated produce display units in neighborhood convenience stores and provides store owners with access to wholesale pricing so that they can offer healthy food to their customers. Our Squash Hunger program utilizes volunteers to "rescue" extra produce from farmers, gardeners, and retailers and bring it to emergency feeding programs throughout the Capital Region.
Education programs such as our Taste Good Series and Produce Project provide inner-city children and teens with the opportunity to build healthy eating habits and develop valuable job-readiness and life skills.
Increase your impact by becoming a "Harvest Helper" and setting up a recurring monthly contribution through NY Charities! Monthly giving allows you to spread out your gift - and allows Capital Roots to count on your support all year long!
What can your donation accomplish?
$50 - Provides free seeds and plants for a low-income community gardener.
$100 - 10,000 pounds of apples delivered to food pantries via Squash Hunger.
$175 - Buys Veggie Mobile® biodiesel fuel for a week.
$250 - One month of produce deliveries to an inner-city Healthy Store.
$500 - Improves crosswalk signage, making it safer to cross busy streets.
$750 - An elementary school class gets to discover fruits and veggies with the Taste Good Series.
$1,250 - A semester's stipend for a Produce Project teen.
$2,500 - Purchase organic soil enrichments to increase crop yields in our 52 Community Gardens.
Please note - Funds donated through this website are intended for our general operations. If you would like to make a donation in support of the Urban Grow Center Campaign, please click here to go to our Grow Center donation page. Thank you!