Capital Roots - Urban Grow Center

594 River Street
Troy, NY 12180

The mission of Capital Roots - formerly Capital District Community Gardens - is to nourish healthy communities by providing access to fresh food and green spaces for all.

The Urban Grow Center will help us better fulfill that mission by providing Capital Roots with the space needed to effectively utilize volunteers, serve our community gardeners and buy produce in bulk from local farmers. With the Grow Center as our base, we anticipate that we will triple the amount of produce we are able to distribute to low income communities in the Capital Region.

All contributions of $500 or more will be recognized on our Donor Appreciation Wall in the Urban Grow Center. If it's easier to spread your gift out over time, you can make a pledge using the recurring donation feature on this page, and break your donation out over 1-5 years.

What can your gift do for the Urban Grow Center?

  • $10,000 - provides the equipment necessary for our new loading dock to accept deliveries from many different sizes of trucks - including dock levelers and seals. Right now our hard-working staff moves 350,000 pounds of produce a year entirely BY HAND. Can you imagine how much more we'll be able to do with a real loading dock? $10,000 represents $2,000 a year over five years - or approximately $167/month.
  • $5,000 - will purchase a cooler for our Produce Market Stand, which will make fresh produce available to residents of North-Central Troy on a daily basis, or help us to landscape the area surrounding the Grow Center to beautify our new neighborhood. A contribution at this level spread over five years is less than $100/month or about $1.75/day.
  • $2,500 - Your gift at this level will will fund the unique plants to be planted on our green roof, which provide habitat for pollinators, filter water from storms and prevent runoff into the neighboring Hudson River.
  • $1,000 - A contribution of $1,000 will allow us to purchase a table and chairs for our Volunteer Center. Our work would not be possible without the hundreds of volunteers who contribute their time each year!
  • $500 - pays for a solar panel for our roof (we need 136!) or a pallet jack for the food distribution hub.
Funds donated through this website are dedicated to our Urban Grow Center Campaign. If you would like to make a donation to our general operations or for a specific program, please click here to go to our general donation page. Thank you!