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New urban farming program hopes to tap youth in Buffalo

East Side Success: The program intends to use vacant lots to increase urban farming by training Buffalo youth on how to grow and sell fresh produce in food desert sections of the city.

By Erica Brecher
February 23, 2018


The program intends to meet those goals by training Buffalo youth on how to grow and sell fresh produce here in the city.

“Young people need jobs, we need healthy food in Buffalo, we need to put good and restorative uses on our vacant lots, and this achieves all three of those,” said Antonina Simeti, executive director of Groundwork Buffalo.

Groundwork Buffalo is one of the three pillars partnering to create Fresh Food Fellows. Field and Fork Network and Grassroots Gardens are the other two, and together they are all launching an educational and entrepreneurial program.

First reported by Buffalo Rising, the program hopes to recruit both from school programs and within the Delevan-Grider area and on the East Side.

They’ll take classes at the Delevan-Grider Community Center, and then build their own farm.

“They’ll actually build their own market garden on Delevan Avenue…as well as doing internships with the African Heritage Food Co-op and Groundwork Market Gardens,” Simeti said.

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