Lexington Ave. Community Farm
About this program
Foodlink has operated an urban farm in northwest Rochester since 2012. The Lexington Avenue Community Farm serves more than 60 families, many of which come from the local refugee population (Nepalese, Bhutanese and Somali), and sits on 1.33 acres of land at the corner of Lexington Avenue and Curlew Street. For several years, families in the Lyell-Otis and Edgerton neighborhoods of Rochester have rented raised beds to grow a wide array of crops.
There is also a 72-foot hoop house, fruit trees, bees and field beds that help support Foodlink’s commercial growing operation. We grow produce for the Curbside Market, The Foodlink Community Kitchen and Garden Project partner agencies, supplementing products we purchase from local farmers.
In 2017, we were grateful to receive funding via the Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Community Health Awards, and the Greater Rochester Health Foundation, to help create an inviting play space for neighborhood children adjacent to the garden. The Midtown Athletic Club, where many local refugees are employed, also has hosted several fundraisers to support the farm. In 2018, we were awarded a Community Growers grant from the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets.
The Garden Project
At Foodlink, we are always working to increase and expand access to fresh, wholesome, and nutritious foods throughout our service area. We run many projects to achieve this goal, including the Garden Project, which links community gardens to the emergency food network and our series of urban farm stands. The Garden Project also makes it possible for emergency food relief organizations to grow their own garden so that they can produce fresh fruits and vegetables to be used for emergency food recipients.
Partner agencies include:
Baden Street Settlement, 14621 Little Sprout Community Garden, Calvary St. Andrews, Cameron Community Ministries, Cathedral Community/Joseph’s Place, Charles Settlement House, IBERO – Amapola House, Northwest Neighborhood Outreach Center, Out of the Darkness, Salvation Army, South West Triangle Neighborhood Association, Southwest Ecumenical Ministries/St. Stephens, St. George’s Episcopal Church/Hilton-Parma Food Shelf, St. Mark’s and St. John’s Episcopal Church Garden of E.D.E.N (1245 Culver Road), St. Mark’s and St. John’s Garden of E.D.E.N. #2 (622 Merchants Road), St. Mark’s and St. John’s Garden of E.D.E.N. #3 (1403 E. Main St), St. Peter’s Kitchen (pictured below).
Canandaigua Churches In Action, Geneva Salvation Army, Salvation Army of Canandaigua
Food For the Needy
Zion Episcopal Church
Newark Rotary/Wayne County Catholic Charities
Community Action of Genesee (Albion), Community Action of Genesee (Batavia)
Cuba Cultural Center
This project is open to Foodlink member agencies. For more information, contact Nathaniel Mich at 585-413-4071 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Foodlink is also proud to sponsor and support the Urban Agriculture Working Group, a collaborative effort of urban ag leaders from across Rochester who seek to strengthen Rochester’s urban agriculture movement, develop community leaders, and collaboratively identify and address policy, resource and educational barriers to urban agriculture and community gardening of all kinds.