What should we grow in the garden this year?

My name is Eh Soe and I work in the Farm & Garden group. Today I am going to tell you about choosing what to grow in our garden this year.

A few weeks ago the Farm & Garden group asked everyone who worked at MAP:

 “What should we grow in the garden this year?” 

A grand opening for healthy corner stores

In early January, our group, the Citizenship and Organizing Group, went to a grand opening for the Healthy Corner Store Initiative in Buffalo.  The grand opening featured two stores, both were located near Amherst Street.

What climate zone are we in?

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 By Samiyah K

There are many steps to planning a growing space. But before we can plant or finalize what to grow, we had to know when we physically could and could not grow in our area. To do this we looked at three maps.

Da Garden Vision and Mission

Our garden, called Da Garden, is a place for MAP youth to: experiment, fail, learn, work, and grow produce for our summer lunches.

We hope Da Garden will be able to expand onto more vacant land, until the point that we have enough food to unite the MAP community and with the community surrounding the garden.

We imagine an epicenter of inspiration for future generations to learn about urban environmental respect and healthy eating by contributing to growing and cooking food.
This winter MAP youth employees are planning what to grow in our garden, and how to grow it.

Balsamic-Roasted Brussels Sprouts


1 1/2 lbs. Brussels Sprouts, 
trimmed and cut in half 
4 oz. Pancetta, 1/4-inch-diced
1/4 CUP Olive Oil
Salt and ground Black Pepper
1 TBSP syrupy Balsamic Vinegar


1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the Brussels sprouts on a sheet pan, and add the pancetta, olive oil,
1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Toss with your hands, and spread out in a single layer.

2. Roast the Brussels sprouts for 20 to 30 minutes, until they're tender and nicely browned and the pancetta is cooked. Toss once during roasting.

3. Remove from the oven, drizzle immediately with the balsamic vinegar, and toss again. Taste for seasonings, and serve hot.


1. For convenience, use bacon instead of pancetta!

Recipe adapted from: 


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Visiting the farmer's market

By Ben H

Hello from the Farm & Garden group!

Recently, we started talking about the seasons and the effects they have on what we are able to grow. We felt that we did not really know what can be grown in Buffalo during our brief growing season, from May to September. So, we decided to find some answers by going on a couple field trips to find out what produce is available in Buffalo during the fall.