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Grassroots Gardens gets grants worth $65,000

State grants worth $65,000 will help Grassroots Gardens expand its garden network. The organization, which supports 94 community gardens, helps train gardeners and supply mulch, soil, tools and seeds.

A grant worth $40,000 will be used to create an educational partnership with the Buffalo Audubon Society. A new two-year program with about 10 schools will teach students about wildlife and ecosystems and the importance of greenspace in the city.

A second grant, for $25,000, will pay for expanding urban gardens and beginning a collaboration with Greenprint Niagara, a similar organization in Niagara Falls.

Both awards come from the New York State Partnership Program, which is funded by the state Environmental Protection Fund.

“Expanding the number of community gardens, and educating students about the importance of gardening and urban greenspace will help Buffalo’s West Side continue to grow and prosper,” said Assemblyman Sean Ryan, D-Buffalo.