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West Side / Allentown Gardens

First Presbyterian Church Garden
9 St. John’s Pl
Specialty: Tomatoes, squash, herbs

Cottage District York Garden
60 York St.
Specialty: Tomatoes, lettuce, garlic

Serenity Garden
363 West St.
Specialty: Tomatoes, melons, potatoes, fruit trees

Black Rock / Riverside Gardens

Black Rock Heritage Garden
269 Dearborn St.
Specialty: Lettuce, beans, herbs, grapes, corn

Esser Avenues Community Garden
235 Esser Ave
Specialty: African eggs, green eggplants, Asian beans

Farmer’s Garden Patch
104 Farmer St.
Specialty: Tomatoes, squash, potatoes

East Side / Fruit Belt Gardens

Cambridge Avenue Community Garden
249 Cambridge Ave
Specialty: Sweet Potatoes, peppers, collard greens

Friendly Fruitbelt Community Garden
296 Carlton St.
Specialty: Tomatoes, cucumbers, herbs

Glenwood Block Club Community Garden
760 Glenwood Ave
Specialty: Fruit & vegetable garden

Victoria Ave Community Garden
195 Victoria Ave
Specialty: Corn, tomatoes, cabbage

South Buffalo Gardens

Old First Ward Community Garden
104 Vincennes St.
Specialty: Weeds, tomatoes, cucumbers

Seneca Street Community Garden
2195 Seneca St.
Specialty: Herbs & flowers

Valley Community Garden
93 Leddy St.
Specialty: Ornamental plants & flowers

North Buffalo / University Heights Gardens

Tyler Street Community Garden
73 Tyler St.
Specialty: Perennial flowerbeds & fruit trees

University District Block Club Coalition Garden
3259 Bailey Ave
Specialty: Ornamental plants & flowers

Elmwood Village

Atlantic West Utica Garden
244 West Utica St.
Specialty: Ornamental plants & flowers

Putnam Street Community Garden
83 Putnam St.
Specialty: Tomatoes, lettuce, herbs

Downtown Buffalo

Garden of Stewardship
250 Clinton St.
Specialty: Ornamental & vegetable garden

Trinity/Tupper Community Garden
92 Trinity Pl
Specialty: Tomatoes, herbs, ornamental plants & flowers

Prospect Community Garden
109 Prospect Ave
Specialty: Ornamental & vegetable garden
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Neighbors teaming up for urban agriculture

What if you could grow enough organic produce, flowers and herbs annually for an entire community on less than one acre of land? Sound Impossible? There are community gardens sprouting up all over the city doing just that.

“Community gardening makes people responsible for where they’re living,” said Patti Jablonski-Dopkin, the general manager at Urban Roots Community Garden Center.

“It’s a great way to develop bonds between communities and it helps when you know who your neighbors are, especially when you’re working side by side. Our goal is to help people get to that point.

“Urban Roots is a cooporative gardening center for the people who live in the city and don’t have time to drive out to the suburbs or visit big name stores,” Patti says. “We provide quality gardening products and educational services to people right here in Buffalo.”

They’ve been working side by side with Grass Roots Gardens of Buffalo, a non-for profit organization which helps guide people who are interested in volunteering or looking to create a community garden of their own. All it takes is a vacant lot.

Grass Roots has transformed dozens of empty lots into vibrant gardens where community members can work together to create something that benefits their neighborhood.

“It’s simple for people to create their own community garden,” Patti says. “Their best move would be to contact Grass Roots. They hold the lease for various plots of land throughout the city.

“There is an application they can fill out and the organization will help get them started and make sure they have all they need to be a successful garden,” she adds.

Community gardens offer residents a chance to meet their neighbors, build a sense of pride for their community, and learn the skills of planting and growing in an urban setting.

“It’s an opportunity to get people out and away from their computers,” said Patti. “It gets them talking with one another and it makes stronger communities.”

For detailed information on existing gardens, take a look at our directory below or visit and

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