TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A large crowd gathered at the Troy Community Garden to talk nutrition and celebrate a special anniversary.
A group called Capital Roots started gardens like the Troy Community Garden 40 years ago to help bring nutrition to the inner city.
New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker visited Troy on Wednesday to plant some seedlings and talk about the importance of staying healthy, including exercising and eating right. That’s where a community garden comes into play because it makes bringing fresh vegetables to the brick and mortar neighborhood easy.
“For the population, the closest thing to fresh vegetables comes as a can of peas from a supermarket and processed and that’s not the same as digging something out of the ground, and that’s not the same as what is truly healthy vegetables,” he said.
One in three children in New York State is overweight. That number is nearly double for adults.