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University at Buffalo students and faculty to tend to community gardens

Eight community gardens in Buffalo will get some extra care on Wednesday, when more than 100 students and faculty from the University at Buffalo dedicate the afternoon to weeding, pruning and other gardening tasks.

Led by faculty members, teams of students from UB’s Undergraduate Academies also will raise garden beds and move cobblestones as part of an “early move-in” program that allows freshmen in the Academies to move to campus two days before other first-year students. Over those two days, they meet program faculty, connect with peers, tour Buffalo and perform community service.

UB is partnering with Grassroots Gardens of Buffalo for the fourth year.

“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 doing it,” said Hadar Borden, Undergraduate Academies administrative director.