Green Shoots for New Americans
Refugee Agricultural Program
About the Program
The Green Shoots for New Americans Refugee Agricultural Program is an educational urban farming program that provides adult refugees adaptive farming and marketing skills. Farming is a familiar livelihood that offers New Americans some measure of self-determination and self-sufficiency, healthy food for their families, extra income, and a context for settling into their new communities.
Major objectives of the Green Shoots Program include:
- Running a training farm in which participants learn about season extension, composting, fertilizing, urban farming practices, and more.
- Partner with surrounding farms to provide tours, lessons, and resources.
- Run a Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) program in which all farmers participate to get more involved with the community and earn income.
- Provide organically grown produce to Buffalo residents at little to no cost.
- Assist farmers in following one of these four pathways: becoming a farm mentor, gaining employment on a farm, starting a farm business, or joining a local community garden.
The ultimate goal is to teach each participant agricultural, business, and marketing skills. Each farmer will participate in a series of workshops then continue their education by assisting with all aspects of our training farm.
For this program Journey's End Refugee Services is partnering with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County, Urban Fruits and Veggies, Art Farms, Grassroots Gardens, and Mike Lee of Fulmer Valley Farms. Partners assist in developing in-class, on-farm, and community programing. The class will visit near-by farms to gain understanding in how to work a large plot of land, and potentially run a farm themselves.
Where we're Located:
The Green Shoots Farm, also known as the Brewster St. Farm, is located at 36 Brewster St. between Main St. and Fillmore Ave. This small urban farm is equipped with a high tunnel to provide season extension and training opportunities. All produce is grown by the refugee farmers in raised beds that they can call their own. Produce is sold through the CSA, Farmer’s Markets, and local restaurants. Farmers also grow produce for themselves which they take home to their families.
All produce is grown without the use of chemical pesticides and herbicides, and sold within the immediate community at a low cost. Providing quality, chemical-free vegetables and herbs is an integral part of the program. The farm is located in a food desert of Buffalo, where there is little access to healthy foods. By having a CSA, selling at a near-by farmer's market, accepting food stamps, and providing families with vegetables they grow at no cost, this program is able to provide an ample amount of inexpensive healthy food.
More land will be necessary to help the farmers to continue to profit from what they grow. Currently the Green Shoots Farm is leasing land, and needs to obtain a permanent location. Anyone interested in providing land for the Green Shoots Farm through donation, purchase, or lease can contact Beth Drouhard at email@example.com.
Want to Get Involved?
Support our program by purchasing a CSA vegetable share! They are only $300 for 18 weeks of fresh and delicious veggies!
Share Pickup and Market Hours:
Tri-Main Center Lobby, 245 Main St.
Every Thursday from June 15th to October 12th
If you have access to land that you would like to donate or lease please contact us.
Volunteer! We have several volunteer workdays a year and often accept groups or individuals outside of our scheduled workdays. We also accept interns, check our Internship Listings to see if Green Shoots is currently accepting applications.
For more information or to Volunteer, contact:
Congratulations to our farmers on our most productive year so far! This was the third year of Brewster Street Farm and the second year of our CSA!
Each student was given a certificate to honor their hard work during the classroom portion of the program. We celebrated on the farm with a potluck-style party and the farmers brought delicious food, using ingredients and techniques from their home countries.
We sell veggies in the lobby of the Tri-Main Center (2495 Main St.) every Wednesday from 11am to 1pm. Support our program and go home with some freshly harvested, locally grown produce!
We started our 2015 classes in March!! The new students are excited to grow food for their families and to sell in our CSA and at the Farmer’s Market!
We finished our 2014 classes with a graduation celebration!
We planted many varieties of organic garlic!
We hosted a Harvest & Volunteer Celebration!
We went blueberry picking at Blueberry Ridge Farm!
We went to see a large dairy operation at East Hills Farm!
We started our Farm Stand in the Tri-Main lobby!
We helped with Wilson Street Farm’s Garlic Harvest!
We practice succession planting to get the most out of our small space!
We hosted our first Community Potluck/Party
Things are beginning to grow nicely!
We had a big ol’ volunteer day to finish the high tunnel!
We finished our round of winter classes!
The students drew pictures of what they grew in their home countries!
Over 20 students from Burma and Bhutan were accepted into the Program
We want to thank Johnny's Selected Seeds for their continuing generous donations of seeds and supplies to our program!
Farming Opportunities for Refugees
Refugee Center Celebrates New Agricultural Program
We're Expanding Our CSA!
2017 will be our third year of CSA shares!! There will be 20 shares available for only $300 each. Each share will be 18 weeks long, beginning June 15th and ending October 12th. Each share will consist of a variety of locally grown, freshly harvested vegetables and herbs, and will provide income to the refugee farmers!! Shares can be paid for with cash or check and applications can be emailed, mailed in, or dropped off at the Journey's End main office. Reduced share prices are also available to customers that receive public assistance, please contact us for more information.
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