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Horticulture Programs

Our horticulture programs are a great way for participants of all abilities and experiences to learn about farming and the growing world around us. By engaging in hands-on planting, maintenance, and harvesting activities, participants in our horticulture programs experience emotional healing, improved cognitive skills and improved balance, coordination, strength and stamina. They are able to hone skills as they help grow thousands of pounds of vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers each year, which are used in farm-to-table cooking classes and events and donated to hunger relief efforts throughout the Rochester area.

All of our horticulture programs are offered to veterans at no charge. 

Seasonal Community Classes
Mondays 11:00AM - 1:00PM 

Session 1: January - March
Registration is OPEN!

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Winter Wellness
4 weeks: 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, & 1/29
$180 per participant | Veterans at no charge

Connect to the growing world around you even during the cold winter season!  Winter Wellness is an all-abilities friendly community class that incorporates nature-focused mindfulness & craft activities using items from our onsite farm.  Class will be held primarily indoors with short excursions outdoors during each class, so be sure to bring weather-appropriate shoes and outerwear.  Each class will include a take-home item for you to keep that will help you connect to nature throughout the week.

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Maple Syrup Production
6 weeks: 2/5, 2/12, 2/26, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18
$300 per participant | Veterans at no charge

Did you know EquiCenter makes maple syrup in the late winter?  You can learn about the entire process of small scale maple sugaring including tree identification, tapping and sap collection, syrup boiling and sugaring, maple history through the ages.  This class will be held both indoors and outdoors.  Please bring weather appropriate shoes and outerwear that you are comfortable wearing in the snow and mud.  There will be lots of opportunities to sample the sap, finished syrup, and other maple products, so be sure to wear clothes that you are ok getting a little sticky.

New classes for Session 2: April - June will be announced soon!

Virtual Courses

Foundations of Growing

6-Part Virtual Class

Self-paced, online course

Cost: $50, FREE for veterans
 

Learn the basics of growing food at home at your own pace! This 6-part virtual class is pre-recorded, so you can follow along at any point throughout the growing season. Lessons focus on the life cycle of a home garden space from planning and planting to harvesting and preservation, making it a resource you'll want to reference all year long.

 

Contact Katie at knuber@equicenterny.org to register

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Farm & Garden Design

3-part Workshop Series

Self-paced, online course

Cost: $35, FREE for veterans
 

Learn how to select and set up your at-home growing space. This virtual workshop series includes 3 zoom video instruction seminars and access to EquiCenter's Farm & Garden design online course.

Contact Katie at knuber@equicenterny.org to register

Questions? Contact Katie Nuber at knuber@equicenterny.org

or call the Farm Office at (585)404-1079 for more information.

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