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Stacy Pettigrew and Mayor Kathy Sheehan at the Radix Center on Earth Day 2020.
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Earth Day was overshadowed this year by the COVID-19 pandemic. Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan spent Earth Day sowing the seeds for an urban vegetable garden.

Capital Roots’ mission is to make the Capital Region of New York a place where every person has access to fresh, affordable, healthy food.

They are working harder than ever during this time of crisis - they have extended our hours, increased their food access programs, and continue to deliver produce to low income and elderly housing.  They have an affordable alternative to grocery stores and have shifted ordering so that anyone can call in and pick up at their Troy Food Hub in just minutes. 

Amy Klein is the CEO of Capital Roots.

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A new public park has opened adjacent to an inner city library branch in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Today, Comfort Food Community is launching their 6th annual "Give Hunger the Boot" campaign. The community-wide campaign will raise funds in support of the non-profit organization based in Greenwich. All proceeds will directly benefit CFC’s program offering including: the Greenwich and Cossayuna Food Pantries, the Yes! Backpack Program in partnership with Greenwich Central School, the Greenwich Community Garden and the Fresh Food Collective.

On Sunday, June 2, the Annual CFC Classic Car Show will be held at the Greenwich VFW from 12-4 p.m.

Proceeds from both events will go directly to Comfort Food Community. We are joined by Devin Bulger, Executive Director of Comfort Food Community and Amanda Willetts, Classic Car Show Event Manager.

The last remaining farm within Saratoga Springs city limits is under new management by a team that will use the property as a center for agriculture and education. 

Pitney Meadows Community Farm is ready for summer with Community Gardens, and local farm and food training and education. They’ll be a year-round farm-hub that shares the bounty of upstate New York agriculture and community. The grounds will also provide nature trails and host community events.

Barbara Glaser and Natalie Walsh join us now to tell us more.

Barbara is a leader in open-space preservation in Saratoga Springs since the 1980s, Barbara Glaser has played a key role in the establishment of Pitney Meadows Community Farm. Natalie is the director of the new Pitney Meadows Community Gardens.

 

The 4th Annual Give Hunger the Boot fundraising campaign for Comfort Food Community is underway through June 17th with a goal to raise $15,000. This community-wide campaign was born four years ago through a collaboration between Comfort Food and the Cossayuna Volunteer Fire Department to raise awareness and money to address food insecurity in the much of Southern Washington County. 

Since then much has been accomplished – permanent Pantries in Greenwich and Cossayuna, a fully subscribed Community Garden, the YES! Weekend Backpack program in the GCSD, the Fresh Food Mobile Pantry, and the Greenwich Glean Team.

The highlight of the campaign will be the 4th Annual Classic Car Show which will be held at the VFW field in Greenwich this Sunday, June 4th from noon to 4pm. To tell us more – we welcome Executive Director of the Comfort Food Community Devin Bulger, the President of the Board of Directors, Maryann McGeorge and the Chief of the Cossayuna Fire Department and Comfort Food Board Member Pat Donahue.