Garden Name: Universal School Peace Garden Garden Location: 1957 Genessee St. Buffalo, NY 14211 Year Founded: 2012 Grades: Pre-K to 8th Number of Beds: 14 Plants Grown: Herbs, vegetables, perennial pollinators, apples, peaches, raspberries Favorite Crops: Tomatoes, eggplants, peppers
From the Gardeners: "This story begins in 2011 when many trees in our campus had to be cut down to make room for a parking lot.. It was a very sad day for me and for many other teachers and students in the school. We had to do something to compensate this unavoidable action. Our Islamic studies teacher Tamer Osman, decided to plant fruit trees in the school campus with the help of his friend. Together, we decided to move further and create a healthy environment and try to bring back indigenous plant and animal life at our campus. We planned to create a vegetable garden."
"As a Science teacher, I always wanted my students to have hands on experience of their knowledge and learning. I wanted them to be connected with nature and contribute their knowledge and energy to benefit themselves and the community at large.
So in the year 2012 again I contacted our Islamic studies teacher Tamer Osman to construct a bed or two. With his enthusiasm, cooperation and help we created our first vegetable beds. Due to our efforts and enthusiasm, many other teachers joined the garden committee. Now we have 14 raised vegetable beds, about 15 fruit trees and flower beds. We have involved the community. We have set an example for others. Many members have started their own vegetable garden."