Joining an Existing Garden It is never too late to get involved with an already established garden. If you near 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, let us know! Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how to get involved.
You can also join our volunteer mailing list. We send monthly volunteer opportunities throughout the growing season!
Establishing a New Garden Grassroots Gardens accepts new gardens to our network on an annual basis. This is a competitive process. Please visit the Start a New Community Garden page for the 2019 Community Garden Application, or for more information about the application process please contact the Grassroots Gardens office at 716-783-9653.
Material and Work Day Support
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! Keep an eye out on our Facebook page for other workshop opportunities, sponsored by Grassroots Gardens and our community partners.
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.