BUFFALO, N.Y. – While most freshmen are deciding on dorm
decorations, more than 100 students and faculty members in the
University at Buffalo Undergraduate Academies will get their hands
dirty weeding and pruning in local community gardens.
Partnering with Grassroots Gardens of Buffalo for the fourth
year, groups of students led by UB faculty members will travel to
eight Western New York community gardens to handle tasks that range
from raising garden beds to moving hundreds of cobblestones.
The community projects are scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 20,
from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Media are invited to attend. The gardens, all
located in Buffalo, include:
- Art Space Community Garden, 1070 Ellicott St.
- Pelion Community Garden, 206 Best St.
- Barakah Community Garden, 384 Sweet St.
- Cambridge Avenue Community Garden, 249 Cambridge Ave.
- Cottage District Community Garden, 60 York St.
- Black Rock Heritage Garden, 269 Dearborn St.
- Riverside Peace Garden, 179 Ontario St.
- Marine Drive Apartments Community Garden, 147 Marine Dr.
“Our gardeners love how hard working the Academies
students are and how they actually care about the work
they’re doing in the neighborhoods,” says Derek
Nichols, Grassroots Gardens program manager and former Academies
graduate assistant. “From just working with the Academies, I
know the program builds future leaders.”
The Academies connect students with courses, real-world
experiences and research opportunities in their field of study. The
community service projects are a part of its Early Move-In
Freshmen in the Academies are invited to move to campus two days
before other first-year students, and enjoy the opportunity to meet
program faculty, connect with peers, tour Buffalo and perform
“It’s all a blend,” says Hadar Borden,
Undergraduate Academies administrative director. “Whether
we’re in the community or the classroom, we’re trying
to connect activities for the students so they’re learning
about sustainability efforts in classes and they’re actually