Four Easy Ways the Average Person Can Support Urban Farming in Buffalo

Posted: October 30, 2013 in Marketing Buffalo
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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.

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Comments
  1. Rob says:

    This is a great article, Griffin. I’d like to add a fifth way people can support urban agriculture in Buffalo: By gardening themselves. Whether you’re foodscaping your yard or growing a potted basil plant on your kitchen windowsill, it’s important for everyone to take a more proactive role in our local food system. It increases your autonomy and control over your life and it feels great!

    I’d also like to encourage people looking to make a serious commitment to growing their own food (and looking to produce a significant portion of their own food) to contact me at michigan[at]farmerpirates[dot]com about joining Michigan Riley Farm on the near east side. We are always looking for more growers, and we can provide the opportunity to build equity in Buffalo’s urban agriculture movement.

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