our roots

Founded in 2017, Taproot Collective is a nonprofit organization with the mission to design and implement successful models of resilient local food systems. We partner with youth and families through collaborative partnerships and educational programs to ensure equitable access to resources.

Our vision is a city filled with thriving neighborhoods where youth and families have equitable access to healthy local food, dignified housing, and educational opportunities.

We operate with the guiding values of stewardship, integrity, justice, cultural humility, equity, excellence. These principles are central to everything we do. 


Taproot Collective is made up of a diverse team of teachers, urban farmers, youth leaders, designers, managers, and activists with a unique combination of expertise needed to make sustainable change in Rochester.


Our team also includes:

Nannett Cepero, Adviser
Maya Waller, Youth Leader