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

5th Annual Plant Sale & Swap:
Natives & Edibles

Place orders until April 29, 2020
Saturday, May 2, 2020

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.

This year, due to COVID-19, we are taking orders online and will have them ready for pickup in 15 minute intervals on Saturday.

More details are available here.

Please place orders online by messaging us (through this event page) 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 15-min time slot for pickup midday on Saturday May 2 (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!)
3. What your vehicle make & color is that you’ll pickup plants in, to help us streamline the process.

Our 2020 inventory can be viewed at the following link. Please post on this event if you’d like more info or photos of a specific plant, or if you have any other questions that may apply to other customers. (The inventory may 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 15-minute pickup timeslot. Volunteers assembling orders and supervising sales will follow best health practices to minimize potential coronavirus exposure to each other and customers, including physical distancing.

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.

Bread and Roses Application Form