We learned a lot about community gardens at Garden Walk Buffalo. We saw how abandoned, disused spaces can turn into safe places and tranquil gardens in communities in transition. This included gardens growing food for the community. We saw how gardens can really make a difference in a community. In many cases, block associations are behind these community gardens. We met some of these ‘garden activists’ and were very impressed by their commitment and enthusiasm.
We also learned that there are some bumps in the road. We were told that at some of the gardens there was a great deal of community enthusiasm for starting a garden and getting it planted, but it could be challenging to maintain that enthusiasm -and maintain the garden as time passes.
There is also some resistance to positive change along the way. At one really beautiful community garden, three trees were badly vandalized this year. The folks maintaining this garden responded with small signs pointing out the vandalism.
Here are a few photos of community gardens we visited…