Growing Green youth are integrally involved in MAP Outreach and Policy work. Youth work alongside MAP staff to create marketing and education materials for the organization. While learning value skills and utilizing creativity, social media tools and art skills, youth are getting the word out about the local food revolution.
The Growing Green Urban Farm is located in the heart of a bustling vibrant neighborhood. An important part of our work is reaching out to the farm’s neighbors, which we do with neighborhood canvass activities and our weekly community farm stand.
As part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities Buffalo Partnership with the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, UB, Green Options Buffalo, and other, MAP has engaged dozens of local high school students in research on access to good food, opportunities for recreation and conditions of public safety, and the identification of resulting policy opportunities to improve these conditions. Student leaders have also participated in the process to draft a new land use and zoning code as part of the City of Buffalo’s Green Code Community Planning meetings.