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We are “Freedom Gardeners” growing food for liberation and resilience!

The Freedom Gardens initiative, founded by long-time Grassroots Gardener, Ms. Gail Wells, is designed to inspire resilience and independence for Buffalo residents most impacted by COVID19 and food apartheid.

Thanks to the generous support of the WNY COVID Relief Fund, Open Buffalo, and Seeding Resilience, 50 households in Buffalo in Summer 2020 were supported in starting backyard or front-yard, raised-bed or container gardens at their own homes at no-cost for residents to grow food for liberation and resilience.

Using the educational curriculum of Soul Fire Farms located in Troy NY, Freedom Gardens lifts up the gardening and farming expertise of Black growers, including gardening and nutrition expertise, information about growing food and herbs, and resources for self-care and COVID safety protocols.

Buffalo Freedom Gardens is supported by Food for the Spirit / Buffalo Food Equity Network, the CopperTown Block Club, Access To A-Free-Ka, the Juneteenth Agricultural Pavilion Committee, and the Juneteenth Festival of Buffalo. 

Freedom Gardens continued in 2021 by building another 34 beds with community members seeking home gardens. Grassroots Gardens of WNY is proud to support this effort by acting as a fiscal agent, providing co-education and hosting supplies at our Community Garden Resource Center.

To support Freedom Gardens or inquire about plans for the 2022 season, email:


Image of Rebekah Williams and Gail V. Wells at Jesse Clipper Park. Photo Credit: Peter H. O’Biso (May 25, 2020)



A Freedom Gardener tends to her bed in July 2020.




Ms. Gail Wells and a volunteer educator plant a Freedom Garden with a homeowner in June 2020.

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