Build Day: Buffalo, NY

The Project: A solar-powered and rainwater capture tabletop ADA compliant and accessible garden
Solar Sprouts brought accessible therapeutic gardening to the Care Center in Buffalo, NY enabling short- and long-term residents and people with disabilities to grow their own plants. This Build Day even impacted ~200 residents and racked up almost 200 volunteer hours!


This past April 28th, the University of Buffalo team partnered with the Buffalo Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation to create a wheelchair accessible tabletop garden bed with a solar powered self wateringsystem. The garden will now serve as a meeting space for the residents and will allow them to partake in a healthy and therapeutic outdoor hobby.


Over the course of six months, the ESW-UB team finalized their design, putting extra work into the electrical schematics behind the solar powered water pumps. And with the help of a grant from the Awesome Buffalo Foundation, they were able to make their vision come to life.

On the rainy morning of April 28th, the ESW-UB team trucked all of their supplies to the Buffalo Center and started to assemble their design. Over the course of many hours, the team put together the table/garden structure, solar panels & wiring, and the rainwater catching system. By the end of the day, the Buffalo Center was left with an amazing foundation for their outdoor space.

Please see below for some pictures from this past April’s ESW Build Day in Buffalo, NY!