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Fresh Produce Just Became More Accessible to Residents of Buffalo’s West Side

In Feeding the Community, Urban Ag on September 13, 2009 at 8:58 am

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Curbside Croft, one of Buffalo’s flourishing west side urban farms, just announced they are now able to accept EBT and food stamps as payment! This is great news as everyone deserves access to fresh healthy foods.

They are harvesting a variety of vegetables and herbs right now including heirloom tomatoes! Here is a list of what is available:

Giant Musselburgh leeks

A variety of heirloom tomatoes: Aunt Ruby’s German Green, Cherokee Purple, St. Pierre, Flame, Favorita

A variety of heirloom carrots: st. valery, shin kudora, lunar white

Tomatillo

Summer squash

Zucchini

Cucumber

Yellow hot pepper

Broccoli florets

Red malabar spinach

White eggplant

Coriander

Basil – 4 varieties

Bronze fennel

Daikon seedpods – great salad addition

Chard

Nasturtium

Kale

Collards

Red orach

Pole beans – green and purple podded

New Zealand spinach

Curbside Croft is located on the corner of West Ave. & Vermont Street. They open for business on Tues and Thurs 4pm-6pm and Saturdays 10am-12pm.

Curbside Croft Urban Farm Announces New Harvest & Twitter Updates

In Urban Ag on August 19, 2009 at 11:06 am

Purple Basil at Curbside Croft

Purple Basil at Curbside Croft

We are in the heart of summer in Western New York and CurbSide Croft has more and more produce available each week. Please see the lists below for what is currently available and what will be ready shortly.
You can also find this information on the website or follow CSC on Twitter – username CurbSideCroft. Twitter will provide the most up-to-date information.

The CSC custom-picked salad blends have been a huge hit. Stop by and get yours!

Produce is available for purchase Tuesdays and Thursdays between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. and Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.  Curbside Croft is located on Buffalo’s west side on the corner of West Avenue and Vermont Street.

Currently Available
Tomatillo
Green tomato
Summer squash
Zucchini
Cucumber
Yellow hot pepper
Broccoli florets
Red malabar spinach
White eggplant
Coriander
Basil – 4 varieties
Bronze fennel
Daikon seedpods – great salad addition
Chard
Nasturtium
Kale
Collards
Red orach
Pole bean
New Zealand spinach
Lettuce

Available Soon
Cauliflower (multiple varieties)
Brussel sprouts
Tomatoes (multiple varieties)

Another Buffalo Urban Farm Opens Its Doors!

In Urban Ag on July 3, 2009 at 8:37 am

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Buffalo continues its growth in urban agriculture with another farm on the West Side opening its doors tomorrow, July 4th.  CurbSide Croft, located on the corner of West Street and Vermont Street, begins its inaugural season this weekend with a variety of fresh naturally grown produce for sale.  Beginning at 10am, customers can expect an array of products available including; kale, nasturtium (the lovely edible flower that looks great in fresh salads), collard greens, various lettuce blends and red komatsuna (a green you can add to a salad or lightly saute).

By supporting CurbSide Croft, you support local food production, sustainable growing and the neighborhood!   Please remember to bring your own bag.   Currently, the farm is accepting cash only but will be accepting EBT in the near future.

Selling hours vary, but are usually Tuesdays and Thursdays 4 – 6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.  For more information, check out CurbSide Croft.

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Urban Roots Announces Plant Swap, Free Gardening Workshop Series and More….

In Urban Ag on May 18, 2009 at 8:25 pm

 

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Urban Roots, a Westside community owned cooperative garden center,  just announced a full roster of free gardening workshops including a Plant Swap this Saturday.  Urban Roots is located on Buffalo’s Westside at 428 Rhode Island St.  See below for full schedule of events & workshops – all open to the public.

Plant Swap May 23
Fifth Annual Spring Plant Swap
Saturday, May 23, 2009 9am-12 noon
In the lot across Utica Street from Urban Roots
The Plant Swaps are part of our roots, the first took place in 2004, when Urban Roots was just a glimmer in the eye of some ambitious neighbors.

Recovery Garden Day Saturday May 30
Saturday, May 30th 8am-11am
Buffalo Museum of Science
Four Free Workshops
Sponsored by Urban Roots and Grassroots Gardens.

Would you like to grow some of the food that you consume – for health, environment, and money saving reasons?
Are you interested in community gardens and urban gardening?
We will be offering workshops on topics related to growing vegetables in community and urban gardens ranging from vegetable gardening in containers to food preservation. Information booths will provide info on local gardening organizations/groups. Please return your registration forms by Thursday, May 28th.

Workshops to be offered:

Richard Price – Vegetable Gardening in Containers

Julie Baldo – Create your own container garden with Hypertufa

Patrick Cain – A Community Garden Conversation

Kathy Manley – Food Preservation Techniques

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Heirloom Seedlings at Urban Roots

In Edible Traditions, From the Land, Urban Ag on March 2, 2009 at 8:00 am

 

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Radiator Charlie’s Mortgage Lifter, Beam’s Yellow Pear, Big Zebra, Paul Robeson….No, I did not just describe a financial guru, a type of pear, an animal you would see at the zoo or someone’s father.  Those are actually the name of heirloom varieties of tomatoes.  Urban Roots  just announced the arrival of their heirloom seedlings whose selection this year includes those tomato varieties mentioned above.  

Heirloom is one of those words that has creeped back into people’s food vocabulary in recent years for many reasons.  While there is no clear cut definition for heirloom when it is used to describe plants, there is no denying their delicious, aromatic taste.   I guess the most basic definition is that heirloom refers to those vegetable or fruit seedlings that were in existence before the end of WWII (1945).  This marked the beginning of large farmers and industrialized farms using more and more hybrid seeds.  In essence a true heirloom is a cultivar that has been nurtured, selected, and handed down from one family member to another for many generations and not crossed with any other “breed”.  They must be open-pollinated varieties that were bred and stabilized using traditional breeding practices (no GMO’s allowed!).

Teaming up with Thorpe’s Family Organic Farm,  Urban Roots is offering a variety of heirloom seedlings this season including eggplant and sweet and hot peppers.  The seedlings are $1.99 each and well worth the money.  Engage your inner gardener this season and plant some heirloom vegetables!

Flapjacks for the Farm – March 7, 2009

In Edible Events, Feeding the Community, Urban Ag on February 20, 2009 at 4:46 pm

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If you believe in urban agriculture, enjoy pancakes or just have cabin fever and need to get out of the house – this is an event you don’t want to miss!  The industrious youth who work for and participate in Massachusetts Avenue Project’s Growing Green program are putting on a pancake breakfast to help raise money for their beloved urban farm.  Join them on March 7 for an all-you-can-eat  pancake extravaganza!  There will be two sittings, one at 9am and another at 11am at the Trinity Church on Delaware Avenue near West Tupper.  You can purchase tickets through their website.

Now more than ever, urban agriculture plays a vital part in the growth, revitalization and stability of low-income urban neighborhoods.  Buffalo is no exception.  The Massachusetts Avenue Project has been a leader in this movement with its Growing Green program that runs the successful urban farm at 382 Massachusetts Avenue in Buffalo.  Over the last several years, the Growing Green farm has successfully grown a variety of vegetable crops on its 3 vacant lot size farm which serves the neighborhood it surrounds and trains local youth in agriculture, providing them with lifelong skills.

So if you have a passion for food, agriculture, helping youth or just love pancakes, please come support Flapjacks for the Farm!

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