Author: Derek Nichols
Grassroots Gardens of Buffalo (GGB) is accepting applications to become part of our community garden network. If you have a green thumb and a vacant lot, let them know you’re interested. If you’re snowed in with nothing to do, it’s the perfect time to start planning! The application is due on February 27th. The application can be found online at:
Grassroots Gardens Provides:
1) Land Access: GGB holds a lease with the City of Buffalo to use vacant city land for community gardens. They also will support gardens on privately owned lots. The requirement is a 5 year commitment from at least 5 people willing to work in the garden, as well as a neighborhood support sheet. Interested community gardeners are asked to have their neighborhood sign off that it is acceptable for a community garden to be placed on this vacant land. GGB will also insure the lots, which is required by the City.
2) Material Support: Once accepted into our network, GGB will provide start up materials (lumber and soil) for raised beds which they require for growing food on city soil. Plant materials, seeds, soil, and other gardening materials are also provided throughout the growing season.
3) Education: GGB, in partnership with Urban Roots Garden Center, provides a Spring and Fall workshop series which are free and open to the public. They also host workshops specially for their community gardeners. RSVP for their Winter/Spring 2015 workshops here: http://www.grassrootsgardens.org/workshop-calendar.html
4) Volunteers: Many organizations contact GGB interested in volunteering in their gardens. GGB acts as a hub and helps place them at gardens that have big projects to complete.