Capacity Building

Rooted in Community

The Rooted In Community National Network (RIC) is a national grassroots network that empowers young people to take leadership in their own communities. RIC a diverse movement of youth and adults working together and committed to fostering healthy communities and food justice through urban and rural agriculture, community gardening, food security, and related environmental justice work.

RIC began as a national conference for groups engaged in community gardening, urban agriculture and community food security, convened by leaders from the American Community Gardening Association, The Food Project and Literacy for Environmental Justice. RIC has evolved into a network of groups seeking (1) to increase their knowledge and skills for doing this work; (2) to increase public awareness of this work and (3) most importantly, to foster and promote leadership in young people working in their own communities. Over 75 organizations from around the U.S. have participated in the RIC national network since its founding in 1998. RIC has strengthened the leadership skills of hundreds of youth and adult community organizers by co-sponsoring intensive national trainings, action days, and networking opportunities.

The Rooted in Community National Network has the following specific aims:

  1. To build the capacity of the organization to design, fund and implement two programs:
    • The Rooted in Community Indigenous Youth Leadership Program and
    • The Rooted in Community Local Food System Youth Entrepreneurship Program;
  2. To facilitate the exchange of information for youth involvement in community food security activities through internet and print materials;
  3. To plan and carry out the 2007 National Conference at which young people gain knowledge and skills to advocate for themselves and their communities; and
  4. To build a knowledge base of best practices for adult mentors.


C-PREP provides management services for the New York Sustainable Agriculture Working Group
Monroe Community College asked C-PREP to evaluate the effectiveness of their Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program