Joining an Existing Garden It is never too late to get involved with an already established garden. If you live next to a community garden and you're unsure of who to get in touch with, or if you are unsure of where the closest garden is to your house, get in touch!
You can also join our volunteer mailing list. We send weekly volunteer opportunities throughout the growing season!
Establishing a New Garden Grassroots Gardens functions largely as the liaison organization between the City of Buffalo and the City of Niagara Falls administration and our enthusiastic community gardeners. Primarily, Grassroots Gardens establishes leases with these cities, and indemnifies the properties, enabling gardeners to take on the challenges of establishing and maintaining the gardens without the added burden of liability.
Each year Grassroots Gardens accepts new gardens into their network in Early Spring. Our application is due on February 28th each year.
If you are interested in starting a garden, it's best to work on engaging your community in the Fall and Winter. Take the time to plan out how your garden will look, how it will be organized, managed, and maintained, and what you'll grow.
Whenever possible, Grassroots Gardens assists gardeners’ efforts through modest material and financial support, including the distribution of soil, mulch, plants, seeds, bulbs, tools and other supplies.
Many individuals and organizations reach out to GGWNY with an interest in volunteering at our gardens. We help place these motivated helpers at gardens that need some extra help- especially during Spring and Autumn clean ups.
Education / Events
Each Spring and Fall, Grassroots Gardens hosts a workshop series in conjunction with Urban Roots Garden Center. Topics have included: Composting, Building a Raised Bed, Organic Pest Management, Vegetable Gardening, Soils and Seed Starting. Check out our schedule on our workshops and events page!
Community Gardener and Organizational Networks
Our success has been due largely to the tireless efforts of our volunteer gardeners. By becoming a part of the Grassroots Gardens Network, members have the opportunity to network with gardeners from all over Western New York. These gardeners are a diverse group in every sense of the word: they range in age from young to old, they are African American, Caucasian, Hispanic, Latino, Asian, middle- to low-income, multi-generational Americans and recent immigrants, some are physically or mentally challenged, and they are nearly evenly divided by gender. This diverse group of folk share a common love for their city, a commitment to their neighborhoods, and a belief that through hard work, perseverance, and neighbor-to-neighbor collaboration, they have the power to make positive change happen in their communities. They believe that all people, regardless of social or economic circumstance, deserve opportunities to engage with the natural environment around them. The work of our gardeners proves that community gardens can and do revitalize neighborhoods.
Grassroots Gardens works with a variety of community and neighborhood groups, schools, block clubs, and other non-profit organizations. We collaborate with these organizations to ensure garden sustainability over time through community participation and commitment. These partnerships help us coordinate directly with the surrounding community to build ownership and sustain participation in the gardens over time.
After more than a decade of work, we are seeing the positive impacts of community gardens in our cities. In areas that have been inflicted with high crime and poverty, neighbors are coming out of their homes, engaging with one other, and working side-by-side again to beautify and rebuild their neighborhoods. Block-by-block, the city’s streets are being transformed back into neighborhoods.