2019 GRASSROOTS GARDENS WNY ANNUAL APPEAL
Even as the leaves start to fall, Buffalo-Niagara's community gardens are buzzing. Squash is being harvested, garlic and spring bulbs are being planted, and children are still overturning rocks, looking for worms. At this time of year, we are reminded how thankful we are for the generosity of supporters like you, because none of this would be possible without your partnership.
Autumn is here, but we are already thinking about spring. Spring 2020 will be unlike any other in our history, and we can't wait to share it with you! We're turning 25 years old and, just in time for the celebration, we've found a new home on Buffalo's lower East Side, at 389 Broadway. With a storefront, an attached garage, and a vacant lot included in our lease, we see the potential for so much more than a staff office. Nothing made us happier than hearing the excitement of "Yes! Look at our new home!" and "When do we start building the garden?" from our gardeners when they joined us for our annual harvest celebration in September. They do so much for their neighborhoods and schools, often meeting critical needs for fresh, free food and making cross-cultural connections in their communities. We want to give back by turning our vacant lot into a teaching garden, where workshops can be held on site. We'll also build it as a model ADA-accessible garden to demonstrate best practices, so that everyone, regardless of differences in abilities, can access the garden to share in its glory. We've got big plans for our indoor space as well. In the storefront, we envision a Smartboard and new Chromebooks available for connecting Buffalo and Niagara Falls gardeners via video conference during monthly meetings. We'll have herb drying racks, food dehydrators and canning equipment in our demonstration kitchen. Can you imagine our gardeners entering the garage to see wheelbarrows lining the walls and ample tools available on demand 7 days a week? We can, because we've been dreaming of a place like this for a long time.
Will you join us in making our dream of the GGWNY Community Garden Resource Center and Teaching Garden a reality? We also need your support to keep funding the soil, seeds, plants and lumber for our 110 community gardens remains our first priority. To make both happen, we have an ambitious goal of raising $25,000 to celebrate our 25 years. We know we can do it with supporters like you. Thank you for your consideration.