Eight years ago we wrote about Rod McCallum’s vision to get urban farming off the ground on the city’s East Side via his Queen City Farm (QCF) effort (see here). Since that time, the urban farming initiative has been gaining traction, and today McCallum is looking at new avenues that will help to diversify the ways that Buffalo youth can learn and grow.
Why diversify? Because if you can appreciate what urban farming can do for a community – a neighborhood – then you can understand that that same passion can be directed to additional ways of life, with similar positive results. For example, we all know that we can grow our own food, and that affords us a chance to eat healthier. The food is less expensive too. Plus, we are able to offer life skills to those who previously had limited knowledge of the farming trade. The overall benefits are limitless in scope.
Now take all of those benefits and think about how we can transpose them to different industries. Say auto mechanics? McCallum has embarked upon a new training operation that teaches the neighborhood youth how to fix cars. The kids are already interested in cars, and are eager to learn how they work. By teaching them the ins and outs of mechanics, the students are essentially training to land real jobs down the road. “We are starting small, doing oil changes and minor auto repairs,” said McCallum. “The goal is to build a clientele that will provide the opportunity to teach neighborhood youth that we mentor some basic auto repair and maintenance skills and provide them with some income and job skills. I have been doing repairs and maintenance on my vehicles for over 20 years. QCF services include basic maintenance such as oil and filter replacement as well as many common repairs such as brakes, batteries, starters, alternators, suspension, etc.”
It’s about time that we start to look at building Buffalo trades through grassroots efforts such as this. These types of homegrown initiatives can take on lives of their own, if they are supported by the community. All of the products and services under McCallum’s QCF Enterprises help to raise money for the ministries of Queen City Farm, which in turn helps the neighborhood to become self sustaining and proud.
If you would like to have your car serviced by this fledgling enterprise, just know that this is not your typical automotive setup. Think of it this way – when you purchase produce from a community farm, you know that you’re not walking into Top’s Supermarket. It’s the same with the QCF auto repair. The repairs are performed at the same location where the farm is located – 195 Glenwood Avenue. It’s not a fancy shmancy newfangled business. It’s a grassroots enterprise that has the tools, the determination and the knowhow to get the job done.
Consider QCF Enterprises for your next oil change or minor repair. If you do, you will be getting excellent service from individuals that are being trained lifelong skills. And that’s something that you should feel proud about.
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