By Griffin Jones
To recap my previous posts about urban agriculture, here are the four easiest ways to support urban farming and community gardens in Buffalo.
1). Join a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). You’re going to buy food anyway. Placing your order a head of time makes organic farming economically viable. They sell out quickly, but Buffalo Spree compiled a nice guide to WNY CSAs here.
2). Make sure your elected officials know that you support farm-friendly legislation. Michael Raleigh writes about some of the important issues here.
3). Donate your compost. It’s cheap and good for the environment. You can go through services like Farmer Pirates Cooperative.
4). Volunteer. During the season, Massachusetts Avenue Project has volunteer hours from 11a-1p each Saturday. The Wilson Street Urban Farm has volunteer days the second Saturday of each month. Grassroots Gardens of Buffalo also encourages volunteers at their affiliated community gardens. It’s like babysitting, you get the joy of spending time with the kids for a little while, and then give them back to their parents when it gets annoying.