Capital Roots

Grow. Educate. Provide.

Troy, NY   |  www.capitalroots.org

Mission

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

We serve Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Schenectady counties in New York State's Capital Region.

Ruling year info

1975

Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Amy Klein

Main address

594 River Street

Troy, NY 12180 USA

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Formerly known as

Capital District Community Gardens

EIN

14-1596291

NTEE code info

Urban, Community (S31)

Nutrition Programs (K40)

Environmental Beautification (C50)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Community Gardens

We operate 54 neighborhood gardens, mostly in low income neighborhoods, throughout Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady, and Saratoga counties. More than 4,000 people grow their own organic produce in these gardens, supplementing the nutritional content of their diets, building community, and providing green space in mostly high density urban areas. Capital Roots provides community gardeners with all the resources needed to succeed, including free gardening classes, seeds, and seedlings. A community garden plot can produce more than $1,500 worth of produce in a growing season, substantially reducing grocery costs and increasing the nutritional content of family diets. The gardens are also considered urban land trusts, preserving open space in the middle of busy cities.

Population(s) Served
Families
Economically disadvantaged people

The Veggie Mobile & Veggie Sprout: Our mobile markets, "produce aisles on wheels," bring low cost produce to
urban neighborhoods without easy access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Thirty-six weekly stops serve housing developments, senior and community centers with more than 140 tons of affordable produce annually. Both The
Veggie Mobile and Sprout announce their arrival with lively music and are staffed with friendly Capital Roots'
employees and volunteers who encourage shoppers to try new options and offer healthier cooking and eating tips.
Shoppers can purchase their produce using food stamps and farmers' market nutrition coupons.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Economically disadvantaged people

The Produce Project is our youth job readiness and life skills training program based on a year round 2-acre urban farm , where inner city teens learn how to grow, harvest and market their own produce. Students learn career and life skills, earn a stipend and school credit, and take a share of what they grow home to their families. Produce Project staff work with students to improve school attendance, increase graduation rates, and plan for work or post secondary education.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Capital Roots works with local governments and community groups to plant hundreds of trees on city streets throughout the area. Our tree program has led to the planting of hundreds trees over the past four decades.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Capital Roots’ Squash Hunger program is a food donation initiative that collects and distributes more than 40 tons of fresh produce to our region’s food pantries and shelters each year.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Homeless people

Where we work

Awards

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Financials

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Capital Roots

Board of directors
as of 2/1/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Rachel Hye Youn Rupright


Board co-chair

Anoush Koroghlian Koroghlian

Jean Gerbini

Whiteman, Osterman and Hanna

Kim Hickok

Marketing Kangaroo

Kimberly Jones

E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy

Tom McGuire

First Niagara

Michael Whiteman

Whiteman, Osterman and Hanna

Deborah Bennett

Community Volunteer

Mark Bryant

Bryant Asset Management

Rachel Rupright

Grant Writer, City School District of Albany

Kathy Beam

WMHT

Ryan Case

Key Bank

Jeff Cohen

Piper Jeffrey & Co.

Tom Congdon

NYS Dept. of Public Service

Nick Crounse

BestPass

Jennifer Malatras

University of Albany

Wendy Meola

Meola Law Firm

Anoush Koroghlian Scott

Jackson Lewis P.C.

Megan Leitzinger

Bank Of America Merrill Lynch

Ellen Flink

NYS Department of Health (Retired)

Chris Tocin

M&T Bank

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes