Grassroots Gardens: Now it’s your turn

There are more and more community gardens springing up around Buffalo thanks to the ongoing efforts of Grassroots Gardens. We’ve talked about all of the benefits that a community garden can bring to a neighborhood. At the same time, we mostly sit back and watch the gardens as they unfold, and cheer on the neighborhoods and the streets that are the benefactors of the grassroots projects. We never really give it much though as to what criteria determines where the gardens are placed, do we? Well, what if we could actually help to determine exactly where the next “Grassroots Garden” would be planted? 
It just so happens that Grassroots Gardens is currently accepting applications from the public, for projects in 2013. The land in question must be privately owned, since the organization has ceased accepting applications for City-owned land until a longterm lease for public land can be arranged with The City. If you are in possession of a plot of land that you feel would benefit from being the recipient of a public garden initiative, the time is now to apply to Grassroots Gardens. For a quick overview that will answer many of the questions that you may have, click here.
Once you’ve made the decision to move forward, you need to grab hold of a 2013 New Community Garden Packet, and then fill out the application and return to GG office by Feb. 28th, 2013.  The information packet can be downloaded here:  GGB Application 2013
On Wednesday, February 13th the Grassroots Gardens of Buffalo office will be open late to offer assistance to community members interested in applying to start a new community garden through Grassroots Gardens. Workers will be in the office until 7pm to answer questions and offer assistance with the application. If you plan on attending, please call the office 716 783-9653 to let someone at GG know.
Grassroots Gardens – Main Office
TriMain Center
2495 Main Street Suite #408
Buffalo, NY 14214
(716) 783-9653
*Grassroots Gardens currently supports 73 community gardens on 135 lots in the City of Buffalo.

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6 comments
Buffalobooster7
Buffalobooster7

I have time.Middle of May or so.I have the Sunflower seeds here,about 4 packs of 20 seeds for a total of 8 dollars.It can't get any cheaper! Just a few volunteers for 1-2 hrs on a weekend morning.Yes it is that easy.Let's not make it hard.

Old First Ward
Old First Ward

A wonderful idea for those who have the spare time. It is hard enough finding time to tend to your own gardens. It is even harder to get owners to take care of curb strips in front of their homes or properties. I applaud all the volunteers that make these lots come to life.

Same for the circles or roundabouts on Richmond Ave. and McKinley Pkwy. I've seen many people dead heading flowers and maintaining plantings in those circles.

Speaking of which, last night I drove down Richmond Ave from Kleinhans and the main light post at the Porter-Richmond Circle and Richmond-W.Ferry Circle each had 3 to 4 of its lights out. Who is responsible for those? The City or National Grid?

buffloonitick
buffloonitick

yes. flowers are like ice cream for the eyes...

Allentwnguy
Allentwnguy

Grassroots is one of the best places to send divisions from your garden. As gardeners we know, as much as we hate to do it, plants need to be thinned to remain healthy. How many times have I said, "I paid 15 bucks for this plant now I'm hacking more than what I initially planted off"... The best thing to do if you don't have plant exchange partners is to call grassroots or similar organizations and offer them the plants. I have many plants in city gardens that have come from my yard. It is a great feeling. Especially since they didn't wind up as compost!

Buffalobooster7
Buffalobooster7

Awesome.Let's get together and put one at the Best St off ramp on 33.Sunflowers and Morning Glories this year for the Phytoremediation aspect.With some planning $50 dollars and a few volunteers,the 50,000 people who pass it everyday will be quite happy.I'm sure there will be much positive feedback.The Buffalo Garden Walk is the largest of it's kind.This would be the best advertising and all will benefit.

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