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EquiCenter Farm

Welcome to EquiCenter Farm!

Meet our farmers!

Katie Nuber, Director of Therapeutic Horticulture

knuber@equicenterny.org

Kevin Stewart, Horticulture Community Outreach Administrator

kstewart@equicenterny.org

Sarah Lichtman, Farm Manager

slichtman@equicenterny.org

Call the Farm Office at (585)404-1079 or email at farm@equicenterny.org

Our farm staff, participants, and volunteers work hard to keep our 3-acre farm looking beautiful and plentiful throughout the growing season. We grow a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers, which are used in our farm-to-table culinary arts classes and donated to local hunger relief organizations.

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Horticultural Community Support through

Plant Start and Produce Donations

In order to increase access to fresh food and green spaces around Rochester, especially for those who come for on-farm experiences through HEAL and community members who are unable to make it out to the farm, we donate transplants (nursery plants) grown from seed in our greenhouse to community and school gardens. In 2023, we distributed 4,700+ plants to 25 community growing spaces, which served 1,000+ residents.

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Produce grown on the farm is donated to hunger relief efforts in Monroe & Ontario counties.  So far in 2023, we have harvested 8,000+ lbs of produce -- that is the equivalent of 6,650 meals or 32,000 servings of fresh, locally-grown food.  Thanks to our partners at Trillium Health, YWCA, and Richards House for using our produce to create healthy meals and stronger communities!

 We will be wrapping up our large donation season with the distribution of 85 household-sized Thanksgiving farm shares, which will go to the women and families in residence at the YWCA apartments.  You can support our efforts of getting nutritious meals on more kitchen tables this holiday season by Sponsoring a Share! 

The Farm in the News

 

WHAM- 11.21.23

Volunteers package bundles of fresh produce for local families ahead of Thanksgiving

Spectrum News- 6.7.23

Fighting food insufficiency in Rochester by growing community gardens with donated plants

WHAM- 5.17.23

New partnerships helping support community gardens across Rochester

Spectrum News- 11.9.18

Working the Soil, Reconnecting to Life After Service

Cornell Farm Ops- 11.8.18

Cornell Farm Ops set up NYS Veterans for Success

Monroe County Post- 9.22.18

Growing Therapy for Veterans at EquiCenter

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Volunteer

 

We are always looking for help in the field, greenhouse, maple stand, and apiary and with horticulture programs! During the active farming season, our farmers host volunteer shifts every week.  Check out our Farm Volunteers page to learn more and sign up for an upcoming shift!

Groups in the Farm

 

The EquiCenter farm provides a unique learning experience for field trips and groups. Our farmers can tailor programming for all ages and abilities to learn about growing healthy food! Special field trip opportunities are available for Maple Syrup Production, Intro to Beekeeping, and Honey Spinning on a seasonal basis.

To learn about group programming, please contact

Katie Nuber at knuber@equicenterny.org

CSA Recipes

Baba Ganoush

Baked Squash Blossoms

Cinnamon Baked Pumpkin

Collard Green Wraps

Eggplant & Bok Choy Stir Fry

Garden Grain Bowls

Garlic Scape Pesto Dip

Grilled Summer Squash & Leek Salad with Herbs

Herb Jam with Hearty Greens

Herbed Salt or Sugar

Honey Roasted Beets & Carrots

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Give the gift of hope. The chance to heal. 

Please join us in supporting programs like the EquiCenter Farm, so that we are able to offer men and women who have sacrificed so much for our freedoms the opportunity to heal and restore a sense of balance to their lives.

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