Thanks to a grant from the Garman Family Foundation, administered by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, ICG will be moving ahead with its plan to add another community garden to its present six gardens, serving neighborhoods from the city of Lockport to West Seneca.
Started in 2012, ICG is focused on using community gardens as neighborhood outreaches, teaching how to grow fresh, nutritious vegetables while developing supportive, friendly relationships within each community.
Our Gardeners Give Back to their Community~
Each of our garden sites donate back to their neighbors. Through our First Fruitstm program, our gardeners deliver fresh vegetables, herbs and flowers to nearby housebound residents unable to garden. Through our Community Choicetm program, gardeners donate produce they’ve raised specifically to nearby soup kitchens and food pantries, all season long.
Our Garden Sites are Inclusive~
Anyone from the surrounding neighborhood who agrees to regularly maintain the garden site and their raised bed garden are welcome to participate without cost on a first come, first serve basis. All gardeners are taught how to grow food organically,with a provided ICG companion planted vegetable garden plan, including all needed seeds and starter plants, led by a garden manager and trained, dedicated volunteers, with assistance from county extension service, Master gardeners. No Experience Necessary~
Our Gardens are Beautiful~
Each garden site includes a beautiful entrance arbor and border landscaping filled with flowers, ornamental shrubs and trees. Our raised bed gardens are built in an H pattern to encourage social interaction, are filled with rich, composted soil with automatic drip irrigation systems and we have compost bins to teach proper techniques of recycling. It is fenced in so it is safe for children and family friendly, with picnic tables and colorful lawn chairs to relax on.
We offer Three Free Invitational Events:
- Kids Flower Day
- Meet A Chef Food Festival
- Kids Pumpkin Day
In addition, all our sites in 2019 will have a Free Library Box and Little Food Pantry, available for anyone to use, whether they are members of the garden or not.
About the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo
The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, a 501c3 organization, was established in 1919 to enhance and encourage long-term philanthropy in the Western New York community. The Community Foundation’s mission is: Connecting people, ideas, and resources to improve lives in Western New York. For nearly 100 years, the Community Foundation has made the most of the generosity of individuals, families,foundations and organizations who entrust charitable assets to the Community Foundation’s care. http://www.cfgb.org