Mrs. Frances Nash's Garden Basket
Healthy produce should be available to everyone.
The Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor Commission (MSAAHCC) is pleased to announce the launch of Mrs. Frances Nash’s Garden Basket on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 in partnership with the African Heritage Food Co-Op, Buffalo Go Green, and the East Side Garden Walk. With the support of a dedicated anonymous donor, East Aurora Unitarian Universalist Church, and Highmark Western New York, Frances Nash’s Garden Basket will distribute at least 30 free Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Farm Shares, enough food to feed over 120 people per week, providing families with fresh and healthy produce weekly throughout the 2022 Farming Season (June through October).
Mrs. Frances Nash
The program is named after Frances Nash, wife of Rev. J. Edward Nash. After attending various health lectures, Mrs. Nash developed an interest in nutrition and became an advocate for healthy eating. She became knowledgeable about vitamins, food-groups, proteins, and starches. In the 1940s, Mrs. Nash developed a large vegetable garden in the back of her home at 36 Potter Street. For many years this garden supplied the neighborhood and the Nash’s friends with organically grown foods.
How to get produce from Mrs. Frances Nash's Garden Basket
Produce available from Mrs. Frances Nash's Garden Basket is free and given on a first come first serve basis. You can collect your basket by visiting the Corridor at the corner of Michigan and Broadway on Tuesdays between 3 - 5 PM.
This program’s development began in late 2021 as a way to help mitigate challenges created by a lack of affordable healthy food in the Michigan Street Corridor. In light of recent events, the MSAAHCC considers a long-term solution for providing healthy food options to residents of the East Side more important than ever.
Mrs. Frances Nash’s Garden Basket initiative hopes to grow from a free produce distribution point in 2022 to a fully fledged affordable farmers market in 2023. The MSAAHCC and partners are currently planning and preparing to operate a weekly farmers market in the Corridor beginning next year to ensure that healthy food options remain a regular resource on Michigan Avenue for years to come.
In addition to having free produce available every Tuesday, the MSAAHCC also invites our partners to come to Mrs. Frances Nash's Garden Basket to provide other activities for our visitors. The schedule for other activities is below:
July 12, 2022 - Register to Vote with League of Women Voters
July 19, 2022 - Cooking with Healthy Produce Demonstration by Urban Fruits & Veggies
August 2, 2022 - Pick up a book from the Bookmobile
August 9, 2022 - Cooking with Healthy Produce Demonstration by Urban Fruits & Veggies
September 6, 2022 - Cooking with Healthy Produce Demonstration by Urban Fruits & Veggies
September 13, 2022 - Pick up a book from the Bookmobile
October 4, 2022 - Pick up a book from the Bookmobile
October 18, 2022 - Cooking with Healthy Produce Demonstration by Urban Fruits & Veggies
If your organization would like to partner with us for additional programming, please contact Audrey Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Individuals who would like to get involved are encouraged to reach out to the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor Commission by calling 716-322-1002 or emailing email@example.com. We are looking for assistance to help plan our affordable farmers market for 2023, as well as volunteers looking to help distribute food this year. If you would like to volunteer to help distribute food this summer, please use the sign up link below.
Donate to Mrs. France Nash's Garden Basket
Mrs. Frances Nash's Garden Basket is still accepting donations to help provide fresh and healthy food all summer long! Your donation will help pay for more produce offered at our market, as well as assistance with the gas needed to transport the food from the farms to the market.