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Buffalo Roots Hydroponics and Organics

This might not be the time of year that you’re thinking about growing fruits and vegetables in your yard, but then again, if you’re an avid gardener there are proactive measures to take to prepare for the next planting and growing season. A new gardener’s paradise has opened in the University District called Buffalo Roots Hydroponics and Organics, and owners Chris Maloney and Jonathan Keyser know a thing or two about how to grow the most organic foods on the planet. The 3500 square foot store opened up in July, bringing with it all sorts of gardening goodies such as indoor greenhouses, containers, depo-tents, grow lights, Co2 devices, hydro setups, substrates, airpots, truly organic seeds (coming soon), organic pest controls, soil nutrients and compost teas.

At Buffalo Roots it’s all about soil science. From gardening without chemicals to dry watering techniques, these guys want to help you grow the biggest, tastiest, freshest produce possible. “We opened this business because we felt that we could offer something that wasn’t already here in Buffalo,” Chris told me. “We concentrate on three things here at Buffalo Roots: Customer service (and selection and price), growing fast and big, and growing healthy. After all, you’re going to eat what you’re growing, right? So why would you want to eat something that has been grown using chemicals? Plus, the food tastes better and it takes five minutes to go from harvest to your plate. We are offering a propagation class coming up, and we’ll go to your house to help you with your indoor or outdoor garden setup. We are here to help people to grow healthy and eat healthy.”
To learn more about Buffalo Roots, click on their Facebook page. Grow Buffalo will beat any price out there that you find on products that they carry. See their website for brands that they carry
Buffalo Roots Hydroponics and Organics
3231 Main Street
Buffalo, New York 14214-13323
Phone: (716) 240-9075

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. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at The Hotel @ The Lafayette, and the Madd Tiki Winter Luau. Other projects: Navigetter.

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  • Up and coming

    From gardening without chemicals to dry watering techniques, these guys want to help you grow the biggest, tastiest, freshest marijuana possible.

  • Move Along Plz

    Produce my A$$!!


    Dude, nice work saying “produce” with a straight face. You know how much college kids like to blaze fresh tomatoes.

  • Matthew.Ricchiazzi

    New markets are emerging in America.
    Do you remember that marijunna bill that Grisanti and Cuomo introduced a few months ago?
    They wanted to make it easier for kids to get their hands on the stuff (by making it like a parking ticket), but still wouldn’t let Roswell Park use it for research and treatment.
    How backwards is that?

  • Up and coming

    I say legalize it and tax the you know what out of it. This way you raise revenue, lower police overhead, lower crime because police can worry about things that matter. You’ll never win the war on drugs, we learned that with prohibition in the 30’s. Also the war on drugs is the only war we’ve ever lost….well if you dont count The War of 1812, Vietnam, Korea, Afghanistan…well I mean you get the point.

  • whatever

    I agree with Up that there shouldn’t even be any ‘parking ticket’-like violations for it.
    At a minimum, Cuomo & NYS leg should follow the legalization examples of Colorado & Washington state.
    But taxes on it shouldn’t be set too crazy high. Sales tax should be enough, considering the businesses growing & selling it would be paying normal property taxes, income taxes, corporate taxes, gas/diesel taxes when transporting, and so on.

  • grad94

    agreed. tax and regulate like alcohol and move on.

  • DTK2OD

    This is a welcome addition to Main Street in the University Heights. These guys put an incredible amount of work into renovating the interior space and completely rebuilding the facade. The contemporary styling adds some visual interest to this stretch of Main. I remember when this place was the shuttered Buffalo Frame Shop and it was a real mess. I wish the article included a picture of the great mural they painted on the side of the building to cover up years of graffiti.
    The owners seem vested in the neighborhood as well, which is great! They came to a meeting over the summer about community gardens and were really supportive. Hoping them many years of success!

  • Up and coming

    I’d say double the sales tax and put half towards the State and let the County/City of sale have the other 8 percent.

  • Jaxson

    I remember what hydroponics was used fo back in my day, it wasn’t for growing tomatoes.
    Looks like a nice store though.Now if you folks could just get that plantegon built.

  • Matthew.Ricchiazzi

    If produced at mass scale, high quality marijunna could be produced for as little as $300 p/lb, but on a niche (and black market) basis can cost up to $1,500 to produce, which ends up having a “retail” value that can be upwards of $3,000 because of contorted distribution channels.
    Legalization would immediately bring prices down drastically. In that context I would support excessively high tax rates at the retail level.
    Let’s say the equilibrium price ends up being $300 per/lb in a competitive market context. I’d be alright with a New York State sales tax of 500% of production cost.
    But those new tax revenues shouldn’t be used to grow New York State’s already bloated government. They should be used to augment municipal property taxes.

  • Thanks Queens eyes for sharing the interesting method with us. It’s astonishing that many people are inclined towards hydroponic gardening these days. Day by day it is becoming much simpler and easier for average farmers to use the latest technology for growing high profit plants. Check out how to get profits from your Hydroponics garden at Hydroponics Growers’ Lifestyle Magazine.

  • distas

    We won the War of 1812.

  • Up and coming

    Ummmm no we didn’t. We signed a treaty with England because they were kicking our ass and burning everything in sight.

  • Dan

    > I remember what hydroponics was used fo back in my day, it wasn’t for growing tomatoes.
    Remember back in the day when all the ads on 97 Rock, Rock 102, WPHD, WZRD and WUWU were for record, stereo, waterbed, and hydroponic stores, and not injury attorneys?
    Waterbeds and Stuff! The stuff? “Smoking accessories.”

  • Dan