About B & R

The Bread and Roses Collective House provides a model of cooperative living, ecological sustainability, and affordable housing situations in the heart of the city. We live in two beautiful houses in the Westcott neighborhood in Syracuse, NY. We grow most of our own vegetables June-October, and preserve many types of foods for the winter such as jams, ketchup, salsas, pickles, and tomatoes.

We have a strong commitment to social justice and community participation, with a number of our members involved with local community benefit organizations and initiatives such as Food Not Bombs, The Syracuse Peace Council, Workers’ Center of CNY, Syracuse Jail Ministries and more. We have organized and led workshops on consensus process and democratic decision making, food preservation, composting, bike fixing, making salves and lotions, natural dyes and much more. We also host a number of traveling activists, musicians and culturally creative people passing through or staying in Syracuse. With the addition of a second house to our collective on a busy neighborhood street, we hope to increase our educational and community outreach programs. If you’re interested in applying for Bread and Roses, or just want to learn more, check out our application process.


Frost Seeding

March 15, 2019 “It feels like spring.” That’s what my 3 year-old said when we walked outside at 8 AM this morning without winter coats or hats. She was right. And after a winter that started the second week of November with a massive snow storm, an early spring is just what we need. I …

Upcoming Events

6th Annual Plant Sale & Swap:
Natives & Edibles

SAVE THE DATE! Saturday, May 8, 2021

Whether you’re looking for some perennial herbs, vegetable garden starts, native rain garden plants or woodland shrubs, or just want to tour the Bread & Roses gardens, our annual plant sale and swap co-hosted with The Alchemical Nursery Project, is a great sources of plants and community.

Due to the ongoing pandemic we’ll once again be taking pre-orders and will have them ready for pickup in 30 minute intervals on Saturday.

FB event with details coming soon!

Please place orders online by emailing us, messaging us through FB or emailing info@alchemicalnursery.org for ANP tagged items with the following info:

1. Plants and items you’d like to purchase from the inventory below (including source – either B&R or ANP, sizes, quantities, and price each). Please provide your email address so we can send you a virtual invoice for you to make payment prior to pickup.
2. Preferred 30-min time slot for pickup Saturday May 8 (or if you have a reason you cannot pick plants up, let us know your reason and where you’d want the plants delivered – we will see if we can help!)

We’re in the process of updating the inventory for 2021 (should be up by April 20). Please post questions on the FB event page or email us, we’re happy to provide more info about plants. We generally provide offerings based on what we are thinning, pruning and seeding to maintain our own gardens, but the inventory is not be exhaustive of plants we can propagate for you – if you’re looking for something specific, please ask!

Orders will be put curbside in front of 405 Westcott St for your 30-minute pickup time slot. Please wear a mask for your pick up!

Live with Us!

At Bread and Roses, we’re more than just housemates renting rooms- we are the collective! That means we share not only food and resources, but also responsibilities and decision making. All housemates contribute financially to pay our bills and share the cost of food, as well as contribute toward collective work and tasks including cooking, cleaning, gardening, construction and decision making.

We have a 3 step process that involves a written application, an informal visit and tour, and a more formal meeting with all current members. Contact us, or check out our facebook and blog if you are interested in learning more! We currently have a few openings for new members. If you are interested, get in touch by phone, email, or Facebook to schedule a time to visit.

If you want to live at the Bread and Roses Collective, please fill this PDF form and email it to us at info@breadandrosescollective.org.

If you have any questions, feel free to email us or leave a message for us at (315) 422-4924.