10 facts about honey bee hives


This weekend the farm and garden work group learned about honey bees and bee hives. Here are the top ten facts we learned:
  1. There are 40,000 bees per hive.
  2. One hive produces 60 - 100 pounds of honey!
  3. Two hives can increase a farms production by 30%

Composting at MAP

By: Eh Soe, Law A and Sam K

Our compost pile is located at MAP's farm on Massachusetts Avenue. The compost pile this fall is big because we have put many greens in it, including leaves, plant bits, fruits, bark and wood. Our compost pile is really messy, but it doesn't smell much. We have seen centipedes, worms, spiders, potato bugs and other insects in the compost pile.

Planting garlic on MAP's farm

By: Messiah M, Levi B, and Muhamud H

At MAP we plant garlic in the late fall to early winter. Garlic is an allium, which is a genus of plants. Onions, leeks, shallots, and chives are all in the allium family. Garlic is harvested in the summertime - usually in July (perfect for barbecues!)

Welcome to 'Da Garden'

By: Levi B, Karl F, Law A and Ben H
The winter was spent planning the garden
Last winter MAP youth started a community garden. The idea was proposed by Katie, the Farm Manager. A garden would be a way to beautify the area, bring the community together and to have something run by MAP youth. It would be a place for MAP youth to see how plants grow from start to finish; from seed to table. 'Da Garden' is on Breckenridge Ave and is part of Grassroots Gardens of Buffalo community garden network.

MAP Participates in Participatory Budgeting Buffalo

By Say Ra Pa

In November, our Citizenship & Organizing Group participated in several general assemblies for Buffalo’s new Participatory Budgeting process.  The purpose of the general assemblies was for a district to work together to determine how to spend $150,000 from the government.

As we entered the building, we saw some leaders that were already there and we set up a poster about our group’s healthy corner stores project.  As other people entered the building, we asked them to complete a survey to see if they are aware of food deserts and to get their opinions on corner stores.  Some people didn’t want to share their ideas with us and that is understandable.  As the people filled out the survey, we found out that there were two people who were already working on the same project as us.  There were a lot of people from the Masten district at the Participating Budgeting meeting.  Most of them were adults, but there were two teenagers there.  Some of the participants were from another state, so we could tell that they truly cared for the district for travelling from such a long distance.  The news was also there and they were interviewing people.

Thanks to You We Went to NESAWG!

By Rebekah Williams

Three MAP youth employees have been awarded a scholarship to attend the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG) conference in Saratoga Springs in November.  The three youth chosen to represent MAP are Serge Muharareni, Benjamin Hough, and Samiyah Kinsey.  They will be accompanied by MAP staff: Rebekah Williams and Kerri Bejger.

Serge, Samiyah, and Ben, were selected because of their participation in MAP Growing Green, and because of their leadership qualities, and interest in food systems and sustainable agriculture.

Ramen Carbonara


6 to 8 slices bacon,
cut into 1/2-inch strips 
2 CUPS boiling water
3 TBSP butter, plus more for frying eggs
1 CUP grated Parmesan 
2 (3-ounce) packages ramen noodles 
2 eggs, whisked together until smooth
Salt and black pepper
2 whole eggs, at room temperature


1. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until fat is rendered and meat is cooked through. Adjust the heat as needed to prevent scorching. When bacon is cooked, use a slotted spoon to transfer it to a paper-towel-lined plate. Set aside.

2. Pour off the extra bacon fat in the pan. Return pan to medium-high heat and add boiling water, butter and half the cheese. Stir, scraping up bacon bits, and bring to a boil. Add noodle blocks and boil until noodles are almost cooked through, about 3 minutes. The noodles will absorb some of the liquid, and there will be a thick broth in the pan. Keep the heat high; you want most of the liquid to evaporate.

3. Reduce heat to low. Add whisked eggs, stir into noodles very well, and cook, stirring constantly and scraping the bottom of the pan, about 1 minute. The sauce should remain quite runny; the eggs will continue to cook after you remove them from the heat. Mix in cooked bacon, remaining cheese and plenty of black pepper and immediately remove from the heat.

4. If making fried eggs, cover the noodle bowls to keep them warm. Return empty pan to medium heat, add a lump of butter, and swirl until melted and foaming. Crack the eggs into the pan and fry until yolks are just set and edges are brown, about 3 minutes. Transfer to noodle bowls, grind on more pepper, and serve immediately.


1. Use whatever shredded Italian cheese you have lying around if you do not have parmesan on hand!

Recipe adapted from: 


This recipe is brought to you by Massachusetts Avenue Project! Find MAP’s Mobile Market to purchase items on your ingredient list by visiting www.mass-ave.org or follow @massaveproject and #foodthatmoves on your favorite social media site.

My View on MAP

By Messiah McLaurin

My name is Messiah, I’m 14, and I work at MAP (Massachusetts Avenue Project).

This is my first year working here and I have had nothing but good experiences with the program.  MAP helps bring local fruits and vegetables to people that do not have a close supermarket or store near where they live, (such as Wegmans or Tops).

Becoming Part of the MAP Family

By Daryangelik Rosado

Hello, my name is Daryangelik Rosado and I work at a non-profit organization called MAP!

Our mission at MAP is to grow and produce healthy foods for our local communities.  We do this for people who don’t live near grocery stores and for people who don’t have a lot of money, so we sell our healthy produce for a low affordable price.

New Things & Fun Times

By Elizabeth Camara

My name is Elizabeth. I am a senior at Performing Arts. I came to know about MAP through my cousin. She tried to apply here but couldn’t because she was too old. So she called me, I came in and got an application from Rebekah.

Honestly, a friend of mine that used to work for MAP told me that all they did was farm.  That was the mind frame I had coming in on the first day, but honestly it is so much more than farming.

Large White Bean, Tuna, and Spinach Salad


1 CUP large white lima beans
1 QT water
1 onion, cut in half
2 garlic cloves, crushed, 
plus 1 small garlic clove, minced 
1 bay leaf
2 fresh sage leaves
Salt to taste
1 5-oz. can tuna, drained
1 6-oz. bag baby spinach
1 TBSP sherry vinegar
1 TBSP fresh lemon juice
½ TSP Dijon mustard
6 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
2 TBSP finely chopped flat-leaf parsley 
1 TBSP chopped chives


1. Rinse the beans and combine with the water in a pot. Add onion, crushed garlic cloves, bay leaf and sage leaves. Bring to a gentle boil, add salt to taste, cover and boil very gently for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until the beans are tender (sometimes they take longer, about 2 hours; it depends in part on the age of the beans). Remove from the heat and drain the beans. Discard the bay leaf, onion, garlic cloves and sage. The broth can be used for a soup or pasta sauce.

2. Meanwhile, prepare the spinach and the dressing. Whisk together the vinegar, lemon juice, minced or puréed garlic, mustard, salt to taste and the olive oil.

3. In a large bowl, gently toss together the beans and the tuna. Add the parsley, half the chives and half the dressing and toss again. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

4. Toss the spinach with the remaining dressing. Line a platter or wide bowl with the spinach, top with the tuna, and sprinkle the remaining chives over the top. Garnish with red onions and black olives if desired, and serve.


1. Advance preparation: The cooked beans will keep for about 3 days in the refrigerator. The salad can be prepared through Step 3 a couple of hours before serving.

Recipe adapted from: 


This recipe is brought to you by Massachusetts Avenue Project! Find MAP’s Mobile Market to purchase items on your ingredient list by visiting www.mass-ave.org or follow @massaveproject and #foodthatmoves on your favorite social media site.

Getting Skills

By Osman Sheikh   

Since I started working at MAP, I have learned a few specific skills that have changed my life. Some of these skills are communications skills, like public speaking and social media, and nutrition skills. These are the main skills that I’ve gotten from working at MAP.

On the Clock

By King Forrin (Donacian Nibaruta)

It’s been a minute since I rhymed, but I’m back at it with MAP.
30 more minutes I’m on the clock, until I’m off with MAP.

Last week when I was working I left Adam feeling trapped. I worked at Squeaky Wheel, the name sounds fun, well it was fun. All I did was learn and try new things. I promise that’s a fact.

The Culinary Experience

By Adam Picard-Park

I joined MAP this summer to find out what a summer job was like. It is technically my first summer job. I worked for my mom last summer assisting MAP, but now I am interested to see what the actual program is like.

Trench Dodgeball, Vegetables, and a Farmstand

By Eh Soe

My name is Eh Soe, I’m a student at Riverside High School and next school year I will be a senior.  During this summer, I am working at MAP (Massachusetts Avenue Project). My sister worked here before me, we went to BETC (Buffalo Employment Training Center) together so that I can work at MAP.

Doing the Dirty Work

By Aye Pi

Hi everyone, my name is Aye Pi.  This is my second year working at MAP, so this summer I am a Farm and Garden Specialist. I like working at the farm more than doing anything else. The reason I like working at the farm is because it gives me opportunities to learn new things about the farm, and I like working outside and getting myself dirty.

My First Job

By Ingabire Adam

It was Monday morning, I woke up early because I knew that I was going to start my summer job. I was surprised when I had first seen my first job. I thought all this organization does is sell and farm, but I was wrong. It does a lot of stuff and most of what they do is to help people. Some of the things this organization does is provide jobs, farming, selling crops, as well as educating teens.

Alumni Reunion

By Adriana Ragland

Hello, my name is Adriana Ragland and I am an intern here at MAP.  I worked for MAP from 2007-2011, but now I have returned as an intern through the social work program at Niagara University.

During my internship at MAP, I planned the first Growing Green Alumni Reunion. The alumni reunion took place July 18, 2015 at the Massachusetts Avenue farm. There was a barbecue and plenty of time for all of us to catch up with each other.

Peeping into Youth Perspective on Food Justice

New youth presenting their ideas
By Serge Muharareni

Hi, it’s Serge here again.

This summer I’m working as a Social Media Specialist at MAP.  This means I’ve been taking pictures of the youths’ experiences at MAP, writing blog articles, and updating social media posts for MAP.

This summer’s youth are proving to be quite interesting. Not only are they fast learners, but they also have their own perspectives on subjects concerning our mission at MAP.

Cooking With Collards

Khadijah at the #MAPfarmstand
By Khadijah Hussein

Hi my name is Khadijah Hussein and I’ve been working with MAP for two summers and two school years.  This is the second summer I’ve been working as a Mobile Market Specialist for MAP.

The Mobile Market Specialist is an interesting position.  As a Mobile Market Specialist I work at the farm stand on Monday through Thursday, from 3pm-8pm.  I sell varieties of fruits and veggies like mixed kale, collard greens, cucumbers, onions, watermelons, sometimes cherries, and more!  I have the responsibility of good customer service and bringing fresh and healthy food to local neighborhoods, that are food deserts, which is generally MAP’s mission.

Serge’s Trip to D.C.

#MAPyouth Donacian & Serge in Washington, D.C.
By Serge Muharareni

Hello, my name is Serge and I was chosen to take part in the Close-Up, D.C. trip during the last week of June. I enjoyed the trip and learned so much from it. I hope to see more youth be able to go next year.

Close-Up, D.C. gives youth the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. to learn more about our government. While I was there, we mainly focused on bills being passed in Congress. We had a chance to practice debates and voting on “practice bills” to have a chance to experience the way bills are passed in Congress. Those activities helped me understand how and why voting is important. After this trip, I realize that we all have a voice and we all should use it.

Congratulations, Class of 2015!

At the end of June, all seniors involved in the MAP Your Future Program graduated from a local high school in Buffalo, N.Y. and were accepted into their top choice colleges. Each student deserves recognition for the hard work they put into both their last year in high school and admission to higher education. In addition to our seniors, we would like to acknowledge all of our students who were promoted to the next grade level.

Dillon's Story; 4-Years Working at MAP

By Dillon Hill

My name is Dillon Hill.  I’m going to tell you my story about working at MAP, because I’ve never written down what I’ve done while I’ve been here.  I am an eighteen year old senior at Fredrick Law Olmsted.  I have worked at the Massachusetts Avenue Project since I was fourteen, so that’s roughly four years now.  MAP was my first job, and I was employed through the Mayor Summer Internship Program.

From MAP Youth to College Intern: Adriana is Back!

Hi, my name is Adriana and I am an intern at Massachusetts Avenue Project (MAP). I graduated from Leonardo DaVinci High School and grew up on the west side of Buffalo. While in high school, I worked for MAP, as a youth employee through the Growing Green Program from 2007 to 2011. While I was in the program, I got introduced to what food insecurity meant and how it was affecting my community. I was also introduced to different forms of oppression and the topic of social justice. All of the information that I learned at MAP about advocating for change and fighting for equality and social justice drew me to picking social work as a major. Another reason that I choose to study social work was because I want to help people. I know how difficult it can be to be disadvantaged so it seemed like the best career path for me. I recently graduated this May from Niagara University and I received a degree in Social Work. In order to graduate I needed to complete an internship in my field. This opportunity led me back to the Massachusetts Avenue Project.

We Need A School Food Revolution!

By Chantal Kwade

There needs to be a food revolution in K-12 public schools.  The effects of children not having a healthy diet can take a toll on the body, leading to obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and more.  Healthier kids learn and function better in school.  If children are exposed to fresh healthy produce at an early age, they will learn to love it as they grow.  When students go away for college, they will know what’s best for their bodies, and they will enjoy more healthy food.  Even though kids need a healthier alternative for lunch, the cost of healthy food is expensive.  Despite the cost, it is better to have quality food in our system then foods that make us sick.

Grow Up

By Kiara Cureton

During my stay in Connecticut with MAP, I had a lot of highs and a lot of lows.  Overall I had a good time with my peers and co-workers, but sadly enough my lows had me ready to return to my home town and snuggle up in my warm cozy bed.  Things that contributed to me wanting to go home was this one persons' horrible and nasty behavior.  I'm not one that likes to be disrespected or to see others being disrespected, but with all that being said, I am sad to say I witnessed an adult acting out as if they were a child and just behaving rudely.

Different Schools, Different Farms

By Mariah Waller

Last week we took a trip to Connecticut.  It was very different and fun.  Although the drive was extremely long, I enjoyed myself and I saw stuff I’ve never seen before.  For example, the first place we stopped to look was a high school called Common Ground.  It was a pretty small school, but it was connected with a farm.

Farm to School and Student Health

Hey guys, Chantal Kwade here again, MAP intern from Buffalo State College.  Here is another article I wrote about farm to school.  You should check it out, learn more about farm to school, and share this article with your friends, family, and colleagues.

Farm to school legislation is advancing as part of the Child Nutrition Act (CNR) and we need everyone to become an effective advocate so that farm to school gets the support it needs from Congress.

I think farm to school is beneficial for families, children, farmers, and the community by promoting healthy, local produce from our community as well as receiving an education to promote better living.  One of the best ways to get children familiarized with healthy foods is at school.  Kids spend half of their time at school so it’s only best if they are served a healthy nutritious meal from their school cafeterias on a daily basis.  Many students dislike the food that is served to them.  They will either eat only pieces of their school lunch or nothing at all.

Meet #MAPYouth Levi!

Hello. My name is Leviticus or you can just call me Levi for short. I was born on March 13, 1999, in Buffalo, NY. I grew up on the west side. I've been working for MAP since the summer of 2014 and the school year program of 2014-2015. I wanted to work for MAP because my great great uncle owned a farm in Panama, Central America, where my mom and family lived, before coming to the USA. I also wanted to work for MAP because I wanted to work in the agricultural field, which I have some interest in.

Meet #MAPYouth Kiara!

Hi, my name is Kiara. I am a MAP youth participant and I've been one for two summers and one school year. Growing up in the east side of Buffalo, I never really heard of MAP. When I moved in with my dad, who lived in the west side of Buffalo, I became aware of the organization, even more so when Mayor Summer Youth placed me with them for my summer job. I was so scared to work at MAP because I was working with people I didn't know and was kind of out of my comfort zone with the work they had us doing. In the end, I liked working with MAP and became comfortable doing the activities they had planned out for us.

Meet #MAPYouth Mariah!

Hi! My name is Mariah. I’m 16 years old. I’m in 10th grade and I attend Lafayette High School. I’ve been working at MAP for 2 summers and 2 school years. I’m from the United States and have been here all my life. What I plan on doing after I graduate from high school is go to college for cosmetology and graduate from there, then open my own nail salon.

Meet #MAPYouth Osman!

Hello, my name is Osman. I am a senior at Hutch Tech High School. How good is that? I'm just a kid who was born in a different place but grew up with American way of life and it's been great. I come from a country called Kenya in Africa. I have been living here since 2004. When I said I was raised the American way I mean because basketball just became my favorite activity. It never was back home. Back in Kenya, I was more of a soccer guy. Most of the time, MAP been there for me, but I never knew about it until my brother (former MAP Youth employee) told me about it. At first it was not my thing after the first summer I realized this place is just for the best of me.

Meet #MAPYouth Serge!

Hello everyone, my name is Serge and I am a student at Hutch Tech H.S. I am from Senegal and I have been in the U.S. for about 5 years. My plan for the future is to go to college and to study mechanical engineering. I wrote another blog on why I want to be a mechanical engineer HERE.

Meet #MAPYouth Yassin!

Hello my name is Yassin. I’m a MAP Youth Employee and I love working here. I attend McKinley High School and I’m in the 11th grade. I am an all-natural born African from Kenya and I came to the United States about 8 years ago. Wow, it’s been a long time of not looking back. I’ve tried not to. Finally out of the struggle so I am grateful. Anyway, this is my first time working for MAP and during the school year too. I was shy at first but now I’m in my comfort zone and everybody is so friendly. So much diversity, so many different people, different faces.

Meet #MAPYouth Dabreon!

Glass shattered around me as I dove to the floor and covered my head. Then came the noise of a car quickly driving away. I heard footsteps and then a booming knock on my door. Someone was screaming, saying, "Help! Help! Help!" I looked up from the floor. There were glass shards around me and a few cuts on my body. I got up and ran to see who was screaming outside. It was a young man on our steps holding his side. I opened the door and saw blood gushing from out his body. Moments later I heard police and ambulance sirens as they approached my neighborhood in the East Side of Buffalo, NY. I ran back inside of my house as the police and ambulances arrived on the scene of the crime, and what I saw as I walked inside of my house are broken shards of glass on the floor, bullet holes, and the bullets themselves. I picked up one of the bullets; it was warm and still gave off heat. I looked at it and was frozen. I could have been struck by one of these bullets in the head and killed instantly. I stopped breathing. I had been literally inches away from death.

Meet #MAPYouth Javert!

I was born in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1998. At the time, my parents were still part of the Air Force, and that was the case until 2000, when I was 3 years old. My family moved a lot, travelling from Vegas to Guam to Abilene, Texas to Albany, New York, to Oswego to Cheektowaga to Niagara Falls and finally to Buffalo. As a result, my life was never really settled or normal. Our constant movement made house life stressful and friends (the real, dependable type) scarce. It didn’t strike me as odd until later. When you grow up in perpetual solitude, and spend your childhood being taught how to be a grown up, it’s really the most comfortable thing you know. I found out it was weird in Niagara Falls when my friends would talk about things like games or T.V. shows and I would be completely ignorant of what they were talking about. It had never mattered socially before.  A few years later, shortly before moving to Buffalo, I learned that I didn’t really have any friends. To them I was a pitiful loser they hung out with because I had cool toys. So I returned to solitude and, as you may imagine, paranoia settled in.

Next year, 7th grade, I met some of the best friends I’ve ever had, and still do. But the paranoia of last year prevented me from getting too close. I got into fights, and by 8th grade returned to solitude again. It wasn’t until 9th grade I began to get over my paranoia and socialize again.
My solitude allowed me time inside my own head, and I was able to think and learn and stretch my imagination. I built and destroyed religions; discovered new forms of spiritual energy and how to use them. This eventually led me to become interested in the way other people think, and begin pursuing psychology and theology.

In the summer of 2013, I joined MAP, at first for the money, but later as a way to meet new people and expand ideas. After a while, I began gravitating towards specific people and jobs. MAP’s schedule clashed wildly with my own, preventing me from working more than 6 hours a week, but it was worth it. The fun and experience I’ve gained was worth it.

In the summer of 2014, I met Claire. We attended a Jazz Camp in Rochester, and meeting her caused a reaction stronger than love. She wasn’t my “true love” or “soul sister” or any of that nonsense. It was like meeting my other half. My mind became clearer, any and all depression lifted. Around her, my brain seemed faster. We could talk together for hours about nothing more than philosophical drivel, but I could be myself. No one is 100% honest with their friends or family, everyone has secrets, but Claire seemed to instantly know all of mine. She was like a beacon in the dark cave of solitude, paranoia, and subconscious rage at the world around me, and I latched onto her mentally with the desperation of a drowning man clutching a life saver.

Everyone needs that one friend they can depend upon to help them no matter what. Every one needs their own Healing Light. Claire was mine.

Thank you for checking out The Revolution Will Be Cultivated! To support #MAPYouth for The United Way of Buffalo & Erie County's Spring It On campaign, visit out our fundraiser page here: www.springiton.org/MAP

Meet #MAPYouth Fardosa!

Hello, my name is Fardosa. I am 16 years old.  I go to McKinley High School. I have been working at MAP for 2 months and it feels like a year. I love MAP. I get to learn more about growing food and helping out the community. I am from Kenya, East Africa. My dad was farming there, too. I came to the United States in 2004. I have been here for 11 years. I only work at MAP for 12 hrs a week but I would love to work here 24/7. I am glad I saw a sign about MAP Growing Green around my neighborhood. When I read more about MAP, it inspired me and I found a way to work here and my plan worked out.

I saw a small market on Massachusetts Ave. I bought onion and pepper from there the price had me saying, "OMG. This is awesome!" The market didn't cost much and I ask the person working there for more details. Then I came to the office and introduced myself and, guess what, I got the job! It was a joyful day for me.

I like canvassing at MAP, and going to door to door to get people's support because I love MAP and I want others to love MAP. Even though it is cold and snowing I will always try and bring lots of support from others. I like the garden we setup and thinking about what to grow in the garden.  For the coming season, we have good fruits and vegetables. It's all nice and fresh baby, you will love it!! I like working on the farm too. We fix things for the plants and figure out where to grow them. When it's cold out, I don't like to farm but I still do, I just dress warm and go out there hustle and work my butt off. I like to be active and athletic. I play soccer, basketball, and track. I used to say farming is boring and stuff but I never knew MAP was going to inspire or entertain me. I know so much about gardening and farming now.

My career goal is to go to college and  take 2 years of courses in agriculture learn more and more about gardening or farming. Eventually,  I would like to have my own farm and be a good farmer because MAP taught me about farming. Then I want to become a professional soccer player. I wear #3 and soccer is life. I want my name to appear everywhere as the best African woman soccer player. I believe I will be one someday. I have to chase after my dream no matter how long it takes.

MAP has a community garden around the neighborhood. We help out people with the things we grow. We donate, that's how we give back to our community. There are some challenges working and going  to school because at school we have too much homework and studying to do every day. At work, you work and  then get tired when you go back home and fall asleep or go on facebook and  you  forget about you school work. I love my job because I don't have to complain about working everyday because, at MAP, I pick my own schedule so I don't have to miss out any activities at school or at home.  

Thank you for checking out The Revolution Will Be Cultivated! To support #MAPYouth for The United Way of Buffalo & Erie County's Spring It On campaign, visit out our fundraiser page here: www.springiton.org/MAP

Meet #MAPYouth Dillon!

When I was about 11 or 12 I lived in the west side, on the corner of Bird and Baynes. My name is Dillon and I’ve lived my whole life on the west side of Buffalo. I would go to my neighbor's house a couple of days a week. When I was 12 or 13, myself, my neighbor, Adam, and my brother, Kyle were all talking of ways to make money to get snacks and videogames for the summer. We came up with the idea of selling slushies in front of Adam’s house. It didn’t work as well as we had hoped. So, I became determined to get a job to get money that I would save most of, but spend some on videogames and snacks. I was then told that I had to be fourteen to be employed during the summer. I tried asking people I knew if they had any place I could work for. Adam's mom, Diane, told me where she worked and that they employ youth in the summer and during the school year.

I started working at MAP in the summer of 2011. Fast-forward to now and I’m 18, about to graduate from Fredrick Law Olmsted High School, I’m going to go to college to get an environmental Bachelors Degree, and I’m still working at MAP! I think that out of all the youth who currently work at MAP. I’ve been there the longest. I’ve enjoyed the time I’ve spent and the work I’ve done at MAP. At MAP, every two weeks, we have a meeting and sign up for work hours. I like working on the farm the most and I sign up there every time I can.

Through working at MAP, I have become involved with the Youth Advisors Council and the Buffalo and Erie Food Policy Council. The Youth Advisors Council strives to improve Buffalo Public Schools with student involvement and the Food Policy Council is an advisory body that advises public agencies and policy makers in Buffalo and Erie County on matters pertaining to Food Policy. 

Thank you for checking out The Revolution Will Be Cultivated! To support #MAPYouth for The United Way of Buffalo & Erie County's Spring It On campaign, visit out our fundraiser page here: www.springiton.org/MAP

Meet #MAPYouth Aye Pi!

My name is Aye Pi. I am a senior at Riverside Institute of Technology High School. I was born in Myanmar. Back there, my family used to be farmers and they grew their own food for my family, but there wasn't enough food. My family moved to Thailand. I lived there for eight years and then we moved again, to America. Now we are far away from our own village. I have been in America for eight years.

I have been working at MAP Growing Green for one summer and one school year. Sometime I have a hard time because while I am going to school I have to work the same time and sometimes I’m tired and don’t have enough time to do my homework. I still stay working at MAP because I want to support my family.

The reason I like to work at MAP is because it gives me a chance to meet with different people from different countries and speak different languages. Also, MAP helps me to learn and try new things in my life. The most important thing I like about working at MAP is growing vegetables and different kinds of food like my family grew in Myanmar. I also want to help our community to eat healthy food and stay healthy. Sometimes in my personal life, I like to hang out with my friends talk about our life and what our future goals are.  Also I going to temple sometimes to help clean and give food to the monks. My future goal is to graduate from college get my degree in nursing and become a school nurse so I can helped sick students. I also like to support everyone who needs my help.

Thank you for checking out The Revolution Will Be Cultivated! To support #MAPYouth for The United Way of Buffalo & Erie County's Spring It On campaign, visit out our fundraiser page here: www.springiton.org/MAP

Meet #MAPYouth Donacian!

Hello my name is Donacian, age 17, and I am a junior at McKinley High School. I am not originally from Buffalo, or America, for that matter. I am from East Africa, in a village called Rukole, in Tanzania. I have been in America for about 7 or 8 years. I love it here except in the winter. 

I work at MAP because I needed money and also my friend Hamdou told me about working here. The next thing I know, I’m being recruited by the Buffalo Employment Training Center. My regular hours that I work per week are about 5. I love working inside during the winter time because it’s warm and I don’t like working outside during the winter time, it’s too cold for me. 

Working here at MAP is hard for me sometimes because of school work and I don’t get to go to my basketball and soccer practices or my regular league games. My goal is to go to college and reach the highest degree that I can reach. I want a good job after high school because I don’t ever want to struggle with my financial needs. I want to be able to buy all the things that I need and have enough money for all that I want. I want to live financial problems free. 

I play soccer and basketball. That is something I love and enjoy doing. When I play sports I forget about my problems and just feel better. I love that about the sports that I play. Giving back to the community is something I do often. Sometimes I do it without noticing it. I volunteer at my church a lot. I recycle a lot, also I offer my help whenever I can and it’s needed. I volunteered at MAP for a whole summer before I got hired and I didn't mind, I loved doing what I was doing. Helping is in my blood.

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Meet #MAPYouth Khadijah!

Hi! My name is Khadijah and I am a sophomore at International Prep High School. I was born in Nairobi, Kenya and I have been in the United States for 10 years. I have worked at MAP for 2 years. I got a job here because one of my middle school teachers is a friend of my boss. She knew I loved gardening and flowers she told me go check out MAP and helped me get in contact with my boss, Rebekah. In the school year, I work about 7-10 hours a week and 20 hours in the summer. One of my favorite parts of working here is how learning here is fun and seems easier than learning at school. They make sure we understand what is being taught instead of just moving on. My least favorite part is the small amount of hours we get to work. I love playing soccer running track and studying science, so my future goals are nursing or sports management.

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Buffalo Farm to School Efforts Involve YAC Youth Leaders

By Chantal Kwade & Rebekah Williams

On February 23rd, MAP partnered with the Buffalo Public Schools (BPS) to host a press conference to announce that they were awarded a $45,000 Farm to School planning grant from the USDA.  This USDA planning grant will impact 34,000 students in over 50 Buffalo schools and seeks to increase local foods in school cafeterias.

MAP has been working with the BPS Food Service Department since January of 2013 to support implementation of the district’s Wellness Policy and to connect the Food Service Department with Buffalo high school students committed to improving school meals.  In 2014, MAP staff chaired the BPS Nutrition Committee and connected the BPS Food Service Department with a group called the Youth Advisors Council, or YAC. YAC is made up of Buffalo students committed to improving school meals, these youth leaders steer the way to sustainable and healthy food in schools.

Introducing Buffalo State College Intern: Chantal Kwade

By Chantal Kwade

Hey, my name is Chantal Kwade and I am a new intern at MAP.  I currently attend Buffalo State College. I am a junior and my major is Business with a concentration in Marketing.

I really didn’t want to come to school at Buffalo, but I got accepted, so I came here.  After undergrad, I will go to law school for Business Law.  I don’t know what law school I want to go to as of yet, but hopefully it’s a place I can afford.  I should and must get an internship this summer either working with a company on their marketing team or anything to do with law.

Do you know how to read a seed packet?

By Khadijah Hussein

Today at MAP, I worked on learning how to read seed packets.  I worked on two different companies, Johnny's Selected Seeds and High Mowing Organic Seeds.  These companies use some of the same words to help you through the gardening process.  The difference of the packages is the way they are laid out.

Johnny's information is step by step, easy and simple, so new farmers or kids can better understand it.  High Mowing does it more of an advanced way.  I've learned that some seeds are smaller than others and some other bigger, some of the packets have few seeds and others have a bunch of seeds.

Ozzy's Farm House

By Osman Sheikh

So I read this cool article, on the Modern Farmer magazine website, about a soccer stadium, in Kenya, that is built to catch water from rainfall for farming. The stadium in Kenya is shaped weird to me, but I like the fact that it's big, cause it looks like it can gather tons of rain water.

We are building a new farmhouse at MAP. If I took the idea of creating a farmhouse on our farm, but shaped it differently, it will function differently and collect a lot of raindrops. It can definitely be a huge factor for our farm. My idea of how this would be is it would be shaped like a round building [kind of like Epcott Center] that collects water from drops of the rain as they slide down the side. Then it would go through a filter that cleans that water and the water goes to underground where the clean water stays. The rain would drop and the water from the rain would fall off from all sides of the farm house and go underground the water would go through a pump and we can use it spray all the crops.

Danielle suggested I sketch out my idea. This is what we came up with.  Ozzy's Farm House!

Are those fish male or female??

By Mariah Waller

Today when I went into work, I saw our farmer, Jesse, had put a fish tank with seven tilapia in it on his desk.  I wondered how me or anybody would be able to tell the difference between a female tilapia and a male tilapia, so I researched it online.

Jesse told Danielle and Rebekah that male tilapia have a rough surface or dent on their face and a female has a smooth surface.  When I researched it, I learned male tilapia grow bigger and yield a higher profit for aquacultures.

The Story of Stuff wants to hear from you!

By Mariah Waller

MAP youth went to hear Annie Leonard speak at the University of Buffalo in early March last year.  Annie created The Story of Stuff with her friends, which is a 20-minute movie on the internet about the way we make, use, and throw away “stuff”.  Annie’s video has been viewed more than 40 million times worldwide!