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Support the Worker Co-operative Vertical Farming Revolution

Now is your chance to help support the future of food in Buffalo. GroOperative (learn more) has just turned to crowdfunding to support its vertical farming operation. The growing cooperative is looking to raise $10K towards its efforts to “expand our capacity and get closer to closed loop sustainability.” There is no doubt that this is the future of food in Buffalo.

It’s incredible how much can be grown, in a short amount of time, using scaled down resources. You can call it a revolution. You can call it common sense. In the end, this is the direction that food is going, not to mention the cooperative (worker owned) model that makes so much sense. 

Since 2013 we have built out a 1,500 square foot space where we grow over 1,500 herbs and greens with plenty of fish too.

Check out the video below to learn everything that you need to know about aquaponics, and the people at GroOperative that are trailblazing a new frontier in Buffalo.

The money raised through the Indiegogo campaign will go towards the following:

  • Expand our capacity to meet local demand
  • Become more energy efficient and environmentally sustainable
  • Build out a packaging area
  • Bring new products to market

Aquaponics uses 90% less water and 80% less nutrients than traditional farming. The system allows workers to grow year round. As the human population continues to balloon, we are destroying more and more precious land to accommodate the food needs.


GroOperative is about putting the people and the planet first. If we are to curb the environmental issues that we face today, we must take sustainable food growing operations seriously. GroOperative is the future of food in Buffalo, and throughout the world. If you’ve been looking to support a good cause, this is it. 

Don’t forget, when you donate/support an endeavor of this nature, there are always plenty of perks that coincide with the donation amounts.


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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