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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. 

Classes on the Farm

Session 2: April - June
Registration is OPEN!

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Veteran Farm + Wellness
Tuesdays 4/16 - 6/25 (no class 5/28)
10:00AM - 12:00PM

Get your hands dirty in this full farm experience! Each week, you will learn as you work alongside our farm team to complete horticultural tasks that support our growing operations. As a bonus, you will have the opportunity to harvest produce to take home with you!

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Cooking With Heroes
Every Other Wednesday: 4/17, 5/1, 5/15, 5/29, 6/12, 6/26
11:00AM - 1:00PM

From farm to table by the hands of heroes.


This program, for veterans, is taught by military veteran Ellen Adams, a chef and former contestant on the Food Network cooking show "Chopped!"  Ellen provides participants the opportunity to learn to prepare a nutritionally complete, cost-efficient, and delicious meal using fresh produce, partially sourced from the EquiCenter Farm.


This fun and educational program is run by veterans for veterans!

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 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 to register

Questions? Contact Katie Nuber at

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

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