The Junior League of Buffalo Awards $7,000 To Grassroots Gardens of Western New York

The Junior League of Buffalo is pleased to announce that it has awarded one Community Assistance Small Grant in the amount of $7,000 to Grassroots Gardens of Western New York.

The Junior League of Buffalo Community Assistance Small Grant program seeks to support not-for-profit organizations who are directly engaged in Western New York addressing a demonstrated need in the community, has the potential to impact a significant number of community members and will contribute in a substantial way to the quality of life in Western New York. The Small Grants program is pleased to award the grant to Grassroots Gardens of Western New York’s “Community Garden Program.” During the 2021 growing season, the Community Garden Program will collaboratively cultivate 107 community gardens, ultimately growing 35,000 pounds of fresh, free produce for families living in poverty with the help of more than 2,000 volunteers.

Grassroots Gardens of Western New York (GGWNY) is a food and environmental justice organization located in the City of Buffalo, NY. Their mission is to share knowledge, power, and resources to grow healthy food, heal systemic harm, and strengthen neighborhood connections through community gardens.

The $7,000 grant will be used for the purchase of lumber and other supplies to build and repair raised garden beds.  This grant will help support 52 new raised cedar beds, which will last about 10 years each, compared to pine, which rots after 2 – 3 years.  This investment in garden infrastructure will help Grassroots Gardens and its volunteers continue to provide fresh produce to the community for years to come.