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Gro-op We are an Aquaponic Vertical Farm that grows fresh local sustainable food. We grow fresh food, educate youth and adults, eliminate food deserts, and create home aquaponic systems for homeowners and schools.

We have a triple bottom-line: People, Planet & Profit. We're focusing on workers and the environment as much as we are on profits. Gro-operative is building community wealth and democratizing the workplace through worker-ownership as well as modeling sustainability and advancing urban agriculture as we work toward closed-loop, zero-waste systems. We are also powered by renewable solar energy.

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What type of fresh produce do you wish you could buy but isn’t available locally in Buffalo? We’re looking to grow some ...
05/20/2022

What type of fresh produce do you wish you could buy but isn’t available locally in Buffalo? We’re looking to grow some new and interesting products here at Gro-op and we’d like to hear from you. Is there some herb of leafy green you loved from back home or that you found on a trip? What spice of life have you been missing?

#buffalofoodie #buffalocal #716buffalo
#foodiebuffalo #farmtofork716 #verticalfarmer #sustainablefoods #sustainablefoodsystems ##billsmafia🏈 #aquaponicsfarm

Photos from Massachusetts Avenue Project's post
05/02/2022

Photos from Massachusetts Avenue Project's post

Team Build Day at Gro-op! We have Elias Martinez and Jon Davis from our Board of Directors here helping to assemble our ...
04/27/2022

Team Build Day at Gro-op! We have Elias Martinez and Jon Davis from our Board of Directors here helping to assemble our new towers. Many hands make short work, thanks guys!

#buffalofoodie #buffalocal #716buffalo
#farmtofork716 #verticalfarmer #sustainablefoods #sustainablefoodsystems ##billsmafia🏈 #aquaponicsfarm

Happy Dyngus Day from the Polska here at Gro-op! Also, we wish everyone a Happy Easter, Passover, and Ramadan this Sprin...
04/18/2022

Happy Dyngus Day from the Polska here at Gro-op! Also, we wish everyone a Happy Easter, Passover, and Ramadan this Spring season!!

#buffalofoodie #buffalocal #716buffalo
#foodiebuffalo #farmtofork716 #verticalfarmer #sustainablefoods #sustainablefoodsystems ##billsmafia🏈 #aquaponicsfarm

Rebranding Alert!! Check out our new packaging design with the addition of a back sticker to let everyone know more abou...
04/08/2022

Rebranding Alert!! Check out our new packaging design with the addition of a back sticker to let everyone know more about us. Thanks to @bertholtdesign for the awesome work on the redesign. Please let us know what you think.

#buffalofoodie #buffalocal #716buffalo
#foodiebuffalo #farmtofork716 #verticalfarmer #sustainablefoods #sustainablefoodsystems ##billsmafia🏈 #aquaponicsfarm

Anyone looking to grab a flat of beet microgreens this week? Perfect for salads, smoothies, and flare on a fancy dinner!
04/03/2022

Anyone looking to grab a flat of beet microgreens this week? Perfect for salads, smoothies, and flare on a fancy dinner!

New towers are on their way to being functional! There have been many steps to get to this point and many people to than...
03/27/2022

New towers are on their way to being functional! There have been many steps to get to this point and many people to thank. We’re grateful to our friends, family, and colleagues for helping us get this far. We can’t wait to see these up and running. Stay tuned for updates!

#buffalofoodie #buffalocal #716buffalo
#foodiebuffalo #farmtofork716 #verticalfarmer #sustainablefoods #sustainablefoodsystems ##billsmafia🏈 #aquaponicsfarm

We just dropped off a big load of Fresh Live Microgreens to @thegrangecommunitykitchen along with our yummy basil. Go ha...
03/10/2022

We just dropped off a big load of Fresh Live Microgreens to @thegrangecommunitykitchen along with our yummy basil. Go have some dinner there and experience the freshness! If you’d like to order some Microgreens hit us up with a message or email at [email protected]

#buffalofoodie #buffalocal #716buffalo
#foodiebuffalo #farmtofork716 #verticalfarmer #sustainablefoods #sustainablefoodsystems ##billsmafia🏈 #aquaponicsfarm

It was great to have Riverside Academy Seniors in for a tour today to learn about Aquaponics. They’re in a nation wide c...
02/17/2022

It was great to have Riverside Academy Seniors in for a tour today to learn about Aquaponics. They’re in a nation wide contest to create a table top Aquaponics system, I hope their visit sparked some ideas!

We’re gluing up the new gutters for our new towers. We’re super excited to get these filled with 🌱 #buffalofoodie #buffa...
01/09/2022

We’re gluing up the new gutters for our new towers. We’re super excited to get these filled with 🌱

#buffalofoodie #buffalocal #716buffalo
#foodiebuffalo #farmtofork716 #verticalfarmer #sustainablefoods #sustainablefoodsystems ##billsmafia🏈 #aquaponicsfarm

The new @fluencebyosram grow lights came in today for the new towers we’re building! We’re super excited to try these ou...
01/04/2022

The new @fluencebyosram grow lights came in today for the new towers we’re building! We’re super excited to try these out. Stay tuned for the unboxing…

#buffalofoodie #buffalocal #716buffalo
#foodiebuffalo #farmtofork716 #verticalfarmer #sustainablefoods #sustainablefoodsystems ##billsmafia🏈 #aquaponicsfarm

Hoist away, captain! Finally installed our @quest_hydro dehumidifier. Next up is running the electrical and letting it r...
12/30/2021

Hoist away, captain! Finally installed our @quest_hydro dehumidifier. Next up is running the electrical and letting it rip!

#aquaponics #buffalofoodie #sustainablefoodsystems #aquaponicsfarm #indoorfarming #716buffalo

Santa came early and brought us a 330 pint dehumidifier! This high end @quest_hydro dehumidifier will greatly help us ta...
12/20/2021

Santa came early and brought us a 330 pint dehumidifier! This high end @quest_hydro dehumidifier will greatly help us take the moisture down a few notches in our facility.

#buffalofoodie #buffalocal #716buffalo
#foodiebuffalo #farmtofork716 #verticalfarmer #sustainablefoods #sustainablefoodsystems ##billsmafia🏈 #aquaponicsfarm

Come check out our Demo at @lexingtoncoop on Hertel. We’re here until 2pm.#buffalofoodie #buffalocal #716buffalo #foodie...
12/18/2021

Come check out our Demo at @lexingtoncoop on Hertel. We’re here until 2pm.

#buffalofoodie #buffalocal #716buffalo
#foodiebuffalo #farmtofork716 #verticalfarmer #sustainablefoods #sustainablefoodsystems ##billsmafia🏈 #aquaponicsfarm

🎵Deck the halls with balls of Basil🎶#buffalofoodie #buffalocal #716buffalo #foodiebuffalo #farmtofork716 #verticalfarmer...
12/17/2021

🎵Deck the halls with balls of Basil🎶

#buffalofoodie #buffalocal #716buffalo
#foodiebuffalo #farmtofork716 #verticalfarmer #sustainablefoods #sustainablefoodsystems ##billsmafia🏈 #aquaponicsfarm

Grab a bite at our newest customer @ditondo1904 today and have a delicious Gnocchi dish made our basil!#buffalofoodie #b...
12/13/2021

Grab a bite at our newest customer @ditondo1904 today and have a delicious Gnocchi dish made our basil!

#buffalofoodie #buffalocal #716buffalo
#foodiebuffalo #farmtofork716 #verticalfarmer #sustainablefoods #sustainablefoodsystems ##billsmafia🏈 #aquaponicsfarm

Come check out our product demo at @lexingtoncoop on Elmwood Ave! We’ll be here until 2pm.
11/27/2021

Come check out our product demo at @lexingtoncoop on Elmwood Ave! We’ll be here until 2pm.

Last night our Worker Owners, Mike & Max, went to the 43 North Finals to root for our friends @topseedz and we were so e...
10/29/2021

Last night our Worker Owners, Mike & Max, went to the 43 North Finals to root for our friends @topseedz and we were so excited that they won!!!! Top Seeds is an amazing local company and we love their founder Rebecca. They make an amazing product and they deserve this prize. Congrats 🎊🎈

Are you a Chef or Restaurant Owner who’s looking for the freshest Basil in Buffalo? We’ve got what you’re looking for. M...
10/20/2021

Are you a Chef or Restaurant Owner who’s looking for the freshest Basil in Buffalo? We’ve got what you’re looking for. Message us for a free sample today!
#localfoodforlife #buffalo716 #freshlocal #buffalofoodie #716foodie #716buffalo #aquaponicsfarm #verticalfarmer

In case you’re wondering why we now have white bags, it’s because there is a shortage of our usual natural brown color b...
09/01/2021

In case you’re wondering why we now have white bags, it’s because there is a shortage of our usual natural brown color bags. We have tried many different suppliers, but they are all struggling to get our brown bags. We hope to have our normal packaging as soon as it is in stock again. Happy Labor Day Weekend Everyone!

Our last day of Summer Training Program 2021. We’re sad to see everyone go because we had such a great group of students...
08/19/2021

Our last day of Summer Training Program 2021. We’re sad to see everyone go because we had such a great group of students this year. We hope everyone does well on their next adventure….

We just got these amazing posters from Cooperation Texas that explain the 7 Cooperative Principles. Now our students hav...
07/26/2021

We just got these amazing posters from Cooperation Texas that explain the 7 Cooperative Principles. Now our students have a visual tool to understand why Co-op’s are the best type of business!

Our new group of students are amazing! Everyone’s getting the hang of things and are finding what interests them most. W...
07/15/2021

Our new group of students are amazing! Everyone’s getting the hang of things and are finding what interests them most. We’re excited to have a fun time with our new cohort!
#buffalo716 #youthleaders #aquaponicsfarming #verticalfarmer #localfoodie #farmtofork #buffalovefoodie #sustainablefarming

Today was our first day of our Summer Training Program. This years Green Team is an amazing group, we can’t wait to lear...
07/12/2021

Today was our first day of our Summer Training Program. This years Green Team is an amazing group, we can’t wait to learn and grow together!

07/06/2021

It’s baby season at Gro-op!! So far we have 500+ new tilapia babies and it seems like there’s more to come!!
#fishfarm #aquaculture #aquaponicsfarm #buffalo716 #verticalfarmer #localfoodie

Our fellow Worker Owned Co-op @breadhive featured our basil in their weekly special Sourdough with Sun-dried Tomato and ...
06/22/2021

Our fellow Worker Owned Co-op @breadhive featured our basil in their weekly special Sourdough with Sun-dried Tomato and Basil. It’s super yummy! Hopefully you got a chance to taste the amazingness!
#sourdoughbread #workercoop #buffalo716 #buffalovefoodie

This is how we deal with insect pests at our sustainable farm. Insect predators are in our opinion, the best remedy for ...
05/27/2021

This is how we deal with insect pests at our sustainable farm. Insect predators are in our opinion, the best remedy for bugs that attack your plants.
#sustainablefarming #aquaponicsfarm #naturalfarming #buffalo716 #verticalfarmer #urbanfarm #buffalove

Want to learn how to become an Aquaponics Farmer? Want to learn about Cooperative Economics and Sustainable Urban Agricu...
05/25/2021

Want to learn how to become an Aquaponics Farmer? Want to learn about Cooperative Economics and Sustainable Urban Agriculture? Apply for our Summer Youth Training Program in partnership with Groundwork Buffalo Today!
-20hrs a week
-$14 per hour
-18+ years old
Email [email protected] about joining the program today!
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05/13/2021
Who is Gro-op?

Who is Gro-op? What do we do? Watch this to meet our team and find out why we're not your average farm.

Although Japanese Knotweed is commonly thought of as an invasive species or a pest, someone realized it has a great use....
05/11/2021

Although Japanese Knotweed is commonly thought of as an invasive species or a pest, someone realized it has a great use. We use a natural fungicide called Regalia on our crops that is based on an extract of this plant. It’s hearty nature and unwillingness to be killed is harnessed to help farmers protect our crops as well. #aquaponicsfarm #naturalfarming #verticalfarmer #buffalo716 #buffalovefoodie #farmtotabledinner

Our new White Tilapia Fingerlings have arrived! Let’s get growing!#fishfun #aquacultured #aquaponicfarming #verticalfarm...
05/05/2021

Our new White Tilapia Fingerlings have arrived! Let’s get growing!

#fishfun #aquacultured #aquaponicfarming #verticalfarmer #buffalocal #buffalo716 #farmtotabledinner #buffalovefoodie

We just finished building a new system for   our Tilapia Fingerlings (baby fish). We’re waiting for the spring babies to...
05/03/2021

We just finished building a new system for our Tilapia Fingerlings (baby fish). We’re waiting for the spring babies to arrive so we can grow a new generation and harvest the old one.
#fishfun #aquacultured #aquaponicfarming #verticalfarmer #buffalocal #buffalo716 #farmtotabledinner #buffalovefoodie

Thanks to Lexington Co-op for sharing a virtual tour of our business on Earth Day 🌎. Everyday is Earth Day for us as we ...
04/23/2021
@grooperative hydroponic system grows the most tender, fragrant, and flavorful basil around!

Learn about their closed-loop system: fish feed the plants, plants clean water for the fish 🐟💚🌱then find gro-op’s freshly harvested basil at both stores!

#EarthDay

Thanks to Lexington Co-op for sharing a virtual tour of our business on Earth Day 🌎. Everyday is Earth Day for us as we strive to be the most sustainable urban farm possible. Thanks for your support and Happy Earth Week!

The gang enthusiastically taking on Monday cleaning! You can’t tell but we ALL have enormous smiles on under our masks#a...
04/12/2021

The gang enthusiastically taking on Monday cleaning! You can’t tell but we ALL have enormous smiles on under our masks

#aquaponics #verticalfarming #urbanfarming #hydroponics #fish #buffalove

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1430 Clinton St
Buffalo, NY
14206

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(716) 320-0233

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-Lettuces
-Greens
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Fish:
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-Ornamental Koi

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The first first Queen👑City Traveling Market is right around the corner (1/30)! If you've been following👀our event page, you know there are tons🙌of great local 🦬 vendors to choose from. We can't wait to pick up 🍺 from Community Beer Works, ☕ from Public Espresso + Coffee, 🍿 from Whats Pop-In Gourmet Popcorn, 🧁 from KupKates and 🍨from Yummo Ice Cream, Surf 🐟 & Turf 🥩 for dinner from Pacific Cloud Seafoods and Erba Verde Farms with dumplings 🥟 from Moneybags Dumplings, pantry staples 🥜🌿🍵 from Spoonfuls Gourmet Nut Butters, Kissed by the Sun Spice Company and Snowy Owl Kombucha & Tea, local produce 🍄🥬from Flat #12 Mushrooms and Gro-op, and gifts 🎁 from local artists and candle makers. Join us from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, January 30 at 1500 Clinton St., Buffalo Niagara Frontier Food Terminal. Local | Artisan | Eclectic
Buffalo is home to 15+ urban farms and businesses and more than 100 community gardens. Collectively, they have transformed more than 25 acres of vacant lots into beautiful, bountiful spaces that feed their neighbors. They provide numerous social, economic, and ecosystem services for our community including job creation, community building, enhancing food security, supporting pollinator populations, educating neighbors about food production, providing green space, and so. much. more! With funding provided by Farm Credit East, ACA, we were able to highlight our urban farms' efforts during an urban agriculture tour back in September. We were joined by Buffalo Common Council members, local community leaders, Buffalo Freedom Gardens, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County, the CCE Cornell Vegetable Program, Harvest New York, the New York Farm Bureau , NRCS, Erie County Department of Environment and Planning, Massachusetts Avenue Project, and 5 Loaves Farm. We were so lucky to have @ProducedbyRifat join us on the tour so that we could share highlights with all of you! Check out the video below to learn more about Urban Fruits & Veggies, Groundwork Market Garden, Gro-op, Common Roots Urban Farm, Grassroots Gardens, Journey's End/Brewster Street Farm - Journey's End Refugee Agricultural Program, and Buffalo Freedom Gardens.
This week we are offering a Urban Farm Box with produce all grown within the City of Buffalo! Featured growers include Flat #12 Mushrooms Gro-op Groundwork Market Garden and Vertical Fresh Farms!
Not all farms rely on fields to grow the greens you eat. In Buffalo, the "aquaponic vertical farm" Gro-op uses fish and water. As part of our #FarmToTable series, WBFO’s Chris Caya shows us how.
Learning about worker cooperatives and aquaponic farming with Mike Zak from Gro-op. Stay tuned for some exciting collaborations between our organizations in the future! 🌱 #workercooperative #aquaponics #collaboration #farmtotable #locallygrown #basil #inthekitchen #farmhousekitchen #buffalove #knowyourfarmer https://ift.tt/2tNsjL2
2 DAYS until Owner Appreciation Days! This is your chance to meet the people behind the foods with 20 LOCAL vendors stopping in our stores Thursday-Saturday. Plus we're adding in Lexi's favorites like ham, cheesecake, and cheese! Check the schedule for times: http://bit.ly/2LuN4R9 • Southern Tier Brewing Company • Bootleg Bucha • Wardynski Meats: Buffalo, NY Fine Quality Meats • Spontaneous Combustion Mustard • South Hill Cider • Ellicottville Brewing Company • Country Honey • Gimme! Coffee • Dark Forest Chocolate • Singer Farm Naturals • Stand Fast Farm's Exclusively Grass Fed Beef • Gro-op • BlackBird Cider Works • LixTix • Fetch! Dog Treats • Che Garcia Chimichurri • Ru's Pierogi • Kornerstone Coffee • Jeca Energy Bars • Mali Charcoal
October is Co-op Month, so it’s time for a little co-op inception... there are co-ops inside your co-op! Feel good when you support local and international businesses sharing cooperative values that grow community. Dr. Bronner's Equal Exchange Organic Valley Cabot Creamery Co-operative BreadHive Bakery & Cafe Gro-op
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October is co-op month, and Gro-op is a LOCAL Buffalo worker co-op with big heart and beautiful crops, including your co-op's fresh basil. The vertical farm grows hydroponic greens and herbs and also raises tilapia, which help to fertilize the plants. Meet Mike Saturday at the co-op from 11am-1pm! #nationalcoopmonth #local #workerowned #gocoop #eacoop
Here's a closer look at food businesses, such as Gro-op, Groundwork Market Garden and Buffalo Barrel + Brine, that hope to use the Facebook fertilizer of Ignite Buffalo to power them into their next phase.