From Vacant Lots to Community Garden

June 13, 2013 Updated Jun 13, 2013 at 7:08 PM EDT

By Ginger Geoffery

June 13, 2013 Updated Jun 13, 2013 at 7:08 PM EDT

At what was once four vacant lots outside Buffalo's City Honors School is an outdoor classroom and community garden.

The garden allows for students to engage in hands-on learning, outside of the typical classroom setting. The outdoor classroom and community garden has gone through quite the transformation from when it was four vacant lots two years ago.

"There was a lot of debris, garbage, weeds, and we had them re-sloped so that instead of going to the front to the street, the whole garden slopes to the rear," said Pelion Garden manager Caesandra Seawell. "We've got a large rain garden, probably the largest in the city."

Today, it's truly a community garden, with some areas tended by students and other tended by neighborhood residents. Business partners such as National Grid, the nearby medical campus, and Grassroots Gardens, help provide resources.