Syracuse Grows is a grassroots coalition of individuals, gardens, and community collaborators working to cultivate a just foodscape in the City of Syracuse. We provide advocacy, programming, education, and resources to support food justice and community development through community gardening and urban agriculture.
Syracuse Grows works to build local capacity for community gardening and urban agriculture. We strive to create viable on-the-ground conditions for urban food production through advocacy, programming, and resource support. We envision a city characterized by food justice, whereby everyone has access to healthy, safe, affordable, quality, and culturally appropriate food.
Syracuse Grows believes in:
- Equitable access to healthy, safe, affordable, quality, and culturally-appropriate food
- Community resiliency, diversity, fellowship and collaboration
- Strong, healthy, and safe communities
- Self-sufficiency through access to the means of food production
- Community development through community gardening and urban agriculture
- Diverse participation among the community
Driven by escalating food and gas prices, the need for ecological sustainability and improved access to fresh produce, Syracuse community members are getting serious about community gardening and urban agriculture. Urban gardens reduce household food budgets, bring neighbors together, beautify vacant lots and blighted neighborhoods, increase access to fresh produce, and decrease our "food miles."
In Syracuse, a number of successful projects and programs, including the community gardens, work tirelessly on improving the local food system. What is lacking, as many leaders in these projects and programs have noted, is collaboration of stakeholder group to assist existing community gardens and expand urban agriculture throughout the City of Syracuse. Most Upstate New York Cities already have well-established urban gardening programs that produce 1000s of pounds of produce annually for community members and emergency food programs. To help Syracuse achieve its urban agriculture potential, a new network has emerged. Syracuse Grows is a grassroots network working to cultivate a just foodscape in the City of Syracuse.
Syracuse Grows pledges to build local capacity for urban agriculture and community gardening by providing programming, education and resources to Syracuse residents interested in urban food cultivation.