SEEDS FOR SPRING
Ensure our community gardens continue to feed children, families, and elders during and after the COVID-19 public health crisis. Donate now so we can direct ship seeds and indoor growing materials to community gardeners for spring sowing.
With over 100 community gardens in the cities of Buffalo and Niagara Falls, Grassroots Gardens plays a critical role in providing fresh, free produce for many residents who live in neighborhoods that have experienced systemic disinvestment of grocery stores and transportation. The majority of our lead gardeners are seniors. We also have 30 school gardens in our network that serve children Pre-k through 12th grade. Research on our programs has shown that for every 1 gardener, 5 people eat from the garden. In 2019, we invested over $36,000 of vegetable seedlings, tools, soil and lumber in our garden network and collectively grew an estimated 35,000 lbs. of produce.
The COVID-19 public health crisis threatens to further impact food access for the most vulnerable in our city. We are concerned it will disrupt our plans for spring planting as the majority of our supplies come from local vendors, including our vegetable seedlings.
As part of a community-based emergency food response, Grassroots Gardens invites you to join us in ensuring we grow as much food as possible this season in our community gardens. Your donation today will support us in delivering seed starting materials such as seeds, windowsill greenhouse trays, grow bags, and soil, to any Grassroots Gardeners (school or community gardener) who wants to join our staff in growing our own seedlings this year. We will direct ship seeds as well for direct sowing in the gardens in April and any additional donations will be used to support our community garden program.
Our goal is to build up a stock of seedlings for transplanting in the community gardens this spring in case our distribution supply is disrupted. We know more families than ever will likely need to use the gardens as the health and economic impacts of COVID-19 may last throughout 2020. It is our hope that with YOUR help today we can grow another 3,000 seedlings in addition to the orders we hope will come through from our vendors.
Together, we garden community.