Grassroots Gardens WNY is a determined group of activists who educate and lead committed neighborhood gardeners. We collaboratively cultivate and manage more than 300,000 square feet (and growing!) of green space in Buffalo and Niagara Falls. Our work is rooted in the belief that a garden has the power to transform an urban neighborhood. Gardens deliver beauty and escape and produce healthy food in unexpected places that previously had little value. A garden creates a shared sense of purpose that empowers a community, creates environmental awareness and improves public health.
WHAT GROWS IN A COMMUNITY GARDEN?
Lots of Things. Healthy food. Beauty. A shared sense of purpose that can transform a neighborhood and a community. We create and support vibrant community and school gardens that make stronger neighborhoods, healthier people and a more beautiful city. We help 2,000 gardeners tend over 300,000 square feet of previously vacant land. They represent more than 30 cultural backgrounds and cultivate more than 150 varieties of vegetables and fruit while transforming and adding value to the natural environment. In 2010, our network included 46 community gardens. Today, there are 100 and counting.
We’ve got BIG plans, and to make them a reality, we need BIG support!
Planting New Seeds in Niagara Falls; We recently joined forces with Greenprint Niagara, and now support gardens in our peer City of Niagara Falls.
Long Term Conservation of Community Gardens: For the first time, we are purchasing the gardens where we work. In 2016, we purchased 2 gardens, and are in the process of purchasing 2 more in communities throughout Buffalo. Owning our land will conserve communities and feed our neighborhoods for generations to come.
Increasing the Quality and Relevance of Materials and Programming: This year, we distributed more than 500 native perennials plants to our garden network, adding ecological value to our spaces, creating awareness of pollinators and their role in the food system. We upgraded the quality of lumber used to build raised beds, sponsored members of our network to participate in training and development opportunities, and provided comprehensive resources and curriculum to our school garden network (now 20 gardens, and growing!). We formally launched the next phase of our Safe Roots for New Americans program, engaging New Americans in community gardens and safe growing practices while celebrating our region’s diversity. ALL of these efforts count on the critical support that YOU provide. Your generosity is needed, and appreciated more than ever before! On behalf of our hard-working gardeners, we thank you!
Melissa Fratello, Executive Director, and Stephen Eden, GGWNY President
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