GARDENER SUPPORT & RESOURCES

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Many of our gardeners are first time growers. Even if you have a few seasons under your belt, gardening is always a grand experiment and some things will do better than others. Don’t worry, we’re here to help! All Grassroots' community gardeners can access our staff for support and technical assistance. Staff can provide assistance with plant care, harvesting question, pest management and more. We can also assist with scheduling volunteers and promoting community engagement.

Did you know that we also host a monthly meeting for Grassroots Gardeners? our Gardeners' Commitee meets on the last Wednesday of each month at 6pm from August to April (we break for peak growing season).

To schedule staff support for your community or school garden, contact Program Manager Tim Chen at 716-783-9653 or email tim@grassrootsgardens.org. You can read more about our Garden Policies  here. We've also listed some helpful resources below. Happy gardening!

Be sure to explore the Gardener Support menu for access to many other resource pages from seed starting to raised bed building to harvest recipes

Local Gardening Resources:

Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens

 The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens mission is to inspire curiosity and connect people to the natural world through its historic living museum. There are excellent educational programs open to the public that can be taken to advance your knowledge. Grassroots is occassionally able to offer scholarships to our gardeners to cover the cost of tuition. Contact director@grassrootsgardens.org for more information.

 
Buffalo Freedom Gardens

Buffalo Freedom Gardens is a fiscal project of Grassroots Gardens. They are indepenently run by community members led by longtime Grassroots Gardener, Ms. Gail Wells. The Freedom Gardens initiative is designed to inspire resilience and independence for Buffalo residents most impacted by coronavirus. Freedom Gardens will equip home gardeners with tools , resources, and knowledge to grow food to help feed their families.

Email yourfreedomgarden@gmail.com or contact the Grassroots Gardens office to

learn more at 716-783-9653.

Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Hotline
Cornell Cooperative Extension, Master Gardeners: provide guidance on gardening; can call to submit a project request for a Master Gardener to assist your specific garden project
Hotline: 716- 652-5400 ext 202

Volunteers are scheduled to assist with garden hotline questions on Mondays and Thursdays from

9:00am – 12:00pm.

David Clark, CNLP

David is one of WNY's leading horticulture instructors. In addition to regularly joining us for our Spring Seminars, he is an instructor with the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens and Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. 

Food for the Spirit

Food for the Spirit is a nonprofit organization that uses the arts and creative facilitation to support racial healing, ecological justice, and equitable food systems.

Gardens Buffalo Niagara

The region's premiere gardening organization that hosts GardenWalk, East Side Garden Walk and Urban Farm Day. They offer grants to support community gardening.

Urban Roots Cooperative Garden Market 

Buffalo's local community-run nursery.

They are open year-round for all your garden and houseplant needs.

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Christine, a former staff member, assists a community gardener during Community Gardening Days at the King Urban Life Center garden in 2021.