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GGB Gets Grant, Shares Wealth In Weenies

Since 1995, Grassroots Gardens of Buffalo (GGB) has been trying to make a difference in the East and West Side neighborhoods by creating community gardens. Now with a grant of $7,500 from the HSBC in the Community (USA) Inc. foundation, Zoe Lavatelli, community garden coordinator for GGB, says they will be able to build two new community gardens.
“That grant was for material support for the gardens,” says Lavatelli. That includes buying produce plants for vegetables. “Growing food is just a huge empowerment for our gardens,” says Lavatelli.
The HSBC in the Community (USA) Inc. foundation supports education and environmental projects that improve the quality of life, making the GGB a perfect partner. The GGB helps empower neighborhoods and gardeners throughout Buffalo by helping to build a sense of community while beautifying many areas decimated with blight and vacant lots.
The check will be presented on May 14th at one of GGB’s “Weenie Wednesdays.” This will be the first in a series of free barbecues that take place at the over 35 gardens GGB maintains throughout Buffalo. The weenie roast takes place at the Fargo Estate Neighborhood Association community garden at the corner of Jersey and West Streets.
The “Weenie Wednesday” barbecue is a free event and open to all ages. It includes hot dogs and soda, though guests are welcome to join in the potluck affair by bringing a dish to share. The next one will be in July and the location will be posted on the GGB website.

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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