Congolese eggplants & more: see what farmers grow in the city!

WestSide Tilth Farm
The WestSide Tilth Farm, one of 16 farms you can visit on Urban Farm Day, offers pizzas cooked on site with toppings grown on the farm. Photo courtesy Gardens Buffalo Niagara

You don’t have to drive out to the country to see people producing food on a large scale. Find out what’s happening in the City of Buffalo and City of Tonawanda on Urban Farm Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28. 

Like a garden walk, it’s free and self guided. Get the printable map here.

Some of the things you can see are:

  • A u-pick worm farm
  • Pizzas cooked on site from the produce
  • Culturally significant crops grown with and for neighbors – vegetables like Hmong red cucumbers and Congolese eggplants
  • Entire residential yards given over to gardens–get inspiration for your yard
  • Select farms with produce available for purchase
  • An opportunity to chat with the farmers
  • Free scheduled talks (see below)
  • Ask Master Gardeners questions about your garden

Urban farms to visit

Gardens in bold will have produce available for purchase. See descriptions of each of the sites here.

  • Brewster Street Farm, 36 Brewster St., Buffalo
  • Bolyard Garden, 223 Broad St., Tonawanda
  • Chris and Lisa’s Garden, 112 Plymouth
  • Common Roots Urban Farm, 309 Peckham, Buffalo
  • FeedMore WNY,  91 Holt St., Buffalo
  • 5 loaves Farm, 1172 West Ave., Buffalo. 2021 Lunenfeld Grant Awardee.
  • Grassroots Gardens Broadway Community Garden, 389 Broadway, Buffalo
  • Groundwork Market Garden, 1698 Genesee St., Buffalo
  • Harris Garden, 108 Landon St., Buffalo
  • Kubed Root, 33 Pannell St., #1, Buffalo
  • Massachusetts Avenue Project, 387 Massachusetts Ave., Buffalo
  • Pelion Outdoor Classroom, 206 Best St., Buffalo. 2021 Vibrant Buffalo Grant Awardee. 
  • PUSH Buffalo 14th Street Garden, 309 14th St., Buffalo
  • Urban Fruits & Veggies, 324 Glenwood Ave., Buffalo
  • WestSide Tilth Farm, 246 Normal Ave., Buffalo
  • Wilson Street Urban Farm, 360 Wilson Street, Buffalo

Free scheduled talks

10 a.m.

  • UB FOOD LAB: Peppers and Policy: Interactive Activity on Urban Farming and Municipal Policies Through an interactive workshop, UB’s Food Lab team will share how policies affect urban farms. This will take place at the MAP farm, 387 Massachusetts Ave.

11 a.m.

  • MAP: Chickens and Bees and Urban Living Learn the ins, outs and whys of keeping chickens and bees in your backyard, including City of Buffalo regulations.

Noon

  • FEEDMORE WNY: Reducing Food Waste Learn ways to eat the whole plant and reduce waste coming from your garden. Master gardeners will also be available 10 a.m.-1 p.m. to answer your questions.
  • PUSH: Impacts of Urban Farming We’ll look at the impacts of urban farming on food security, community diversity and inclusion, and storm water runoff, which we manage with two cisterns that collect storm water for reuse and a green roof that slows storm water.

1 p.m.

  • GROUNDWORK MARKET GARDEN: The How-To’s of Soil in Your City Garden We’re in cahoots with nature – which means at our core is a focus on soil health. Learn how to make sure your soil is safe and ready for planting before you start.
  • GRASSROOTS GARDENS: Gardening for All Gardening for All is an initiative at Grassroots to ensure our community gardens are accessible to all people, including those living with disabilities. It includes universal design, inclusivity and accessibility in gardening.

2 p.m.

  • 5 LOAVES FARM: Cultural Gardening Learn from our diverse staff about growing and sharing crops that are culturally significant to the immigrant communities in our city, such as African garden eggs, ginger and calabash gourds.

3 p.m.

  • KUBED ROOT: Microgreens The focus will be on broccoli, radish, peashoots and wheatgrass/petgrass, all of which can be grown either indoors or outdoors. The greenhouses will be available to visit.

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