Gardening for All: An Accessibility Initiative
The "Gardening for All" accessibility task force was formed in Spring 2019 in response to the needs of several Grassroots Gardeners living with disabilities and in recognition that all people should have access to our garden network, now and in the future. Through the generous support of the New York State Conservation Partnership Program and the Land Trust Alliance, the task force, under the leadership of long-time Grassroots Gardener, Gerldine Wilson, spent a year evaluating the community and school garden network to determine what needed to change to make the gardens accessible. With input from several Grassroots Gardeners as well as local organizations such as Deaf Access Services, Western New York Independent Living, Olmsted Center for Sight/VIA, and Buffalo Public Schools as well as more broadly from a community survey, 7 gardens were identified for immediate improvement with a long-term plan of modifying every garden for universal access. Recommendations for improvement include (but are not limited to) the addition of accessible pathways, braille signage and trail markers along with improvised signage and beds of varying heights. We anticipate modifications will begin in late 2020-early 2021. You can also learn more about how to make your garden more accessible by reading our Universal Design resource guide.
All members of the Buffalo community are welcome to join the Accessibility Task Force. To join please contact Gerldine Wilson via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.