The Brewster Street Farm
Urban farming to feed a community.
The Green Shoots for New Americans Refugee Agricultural Program at the Brewster Street Farm
Green Shoots 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.
We want to thank Johnny's Selected Seeds for their continuing generous donations of seeds and supplies to our program!
Where We're Located:
The Brewster Street 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.
Want to Get Involved?
More land will be necessary to help the farmers to continue to profit from what they grow. Currently, the Brewster Street 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 please contact us.
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.
We're Expanding Our CSA!
2019 will be our fifth 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.