Community gardens are a critical piece of the urban revitalization happening in Buffalo and Niagara Falls, New York. Grassroots Gardens of Western New York (GGWNY) began in the 1990s with a vision to connect vacant land to communities in need.
We still employ a 100% community-driven model, where residents identify lots to be transformed into gardens, and we facilitate access but they manage the space, within our network guidelines. In 2018, Grassroots Gardens of Western New York stewarded 105 community and school gardens, providing soil, seeds, plants, and lumber to the gardeners alongside facilitation of land, water, and insurance access. Our gardens are transformative! They beautify and breathe life into barren spaces, acting as catalysts for change on blocks that have been forgotten. They feed families who otherwise may not have access to healthy, fresh produce. They teach children how to care for the environment and each other. Our gardens inspire community in the truest sense of the word, bringing individuals from all paths of life together with a common goal. Grassroots Gardens WNY is incredibly proud of the great contributions our gardeners, staff, and volunteers make every day in Buffalo-Niagara.