The Seneca Street Community Garden is located just a few houses down from the CDC. Each year the children plant and grow vegetables through After School and Summer @ Seneca Street programming. Not only does the garden bring beauty to the area, but shows the children where food comes from. Other community members take care of their own their own plots and grow vegetables of their choosing.
What makes the Seneca Street Garden special than any other is that there are no costs involved. There is no fee for reserving a plot, seedlings and soil are provided, and we have knowledgeable Master Gardeners from Cornell Cooperative Extension for advice and guidance on maintaining a successful garden.
With the help of Grassroots Gardens and Independent Health, we have been able to rebuild all 13 raised garden beds, replacing the cinder blocks with cedar boards.
We also partner with Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardeners, who use some of our plots to test the growth of plants in an urban environment. These experts are available to answer our questions and provide guidance to other gardeners.
The Seneca Babcock Community Garden had a busy summer this year—all 13 of our raised beds were filled by community members, Master Gardeners from the Cornell Cooperative Extension, a Memorial Garden, and the Children’s Garden.
Garden members met regularly to discuss the progress of the garden, create a watering schedule, and plan for the garden’s future growth.
Over 23 children participated in our Read, Seed, Write Garden Club, spending two days a week in the garden exploring the different plants, tasting produce, and writing, writing, writing! Thanks to partnerships with Grassroots Gardens and Just Buffalo Literacy Center, we were able to incorporate literacy initiatives into our program this year. With the help of writing educators, children made their own Garden Journals and spent the summer filling them with poems, sketches, and memories about the garden.
A community-wide ceremony on August 1 had members sharing memories and commemorating loved ones as we reflected on the perennial growth in the Memorial Garden. Children from the Garden Club wrote memories and wishes on seed paper, which we planted and watered in the Memorial Garden.
Volunteers worked hard at the beginning of the season to relocate and redecorate the old garden bed cinder blocks, building several benches and a compost system for the garden. Now we’re beginning to close the garden down for winter, and looking forward to continuing to grow this community space next year.