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 naturally 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 programming. The class will visit nearby farms to gain understanding of 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 nearby 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 Jenna Walczak at

Want to Get Involved?

Support our program by purchasing a CSA vegetable share! They are only $325 for 18 weeks of fresh and delicious veggies!

Share Pickup and Market Hours:
Tri-Main Center Lobby, 2495 Main St.
Every Thursday from June 15th to October 12th
3-6 PM

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:

Jenna Walczak
(716) 262-5308
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Program Timeline

Summer 2016

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!

Summer 2015

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!

Spring 2015

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!

Fall 2014

We finished our 2014 classes with a graduation celebration!

We planted many varieties of garlic!

We hosted a Harvest & Volunteer Celebration!

Summer 2014

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

Spring 2014

Things are beginning to grow nicely!

We had a big ol’ volunteer day to finish the high tunnel!

Winter 2014

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!


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We're Expanding Our CSA!

2018 will be our fourth year of CSA shares! There will be 20 shares available for only $325 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.

Information & Application

Related Documents

Client Referral Form

Contact Information

Interested in finding out more? Contact:

Jenna Walczak
(716) 262-5308

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