Lexington Avenue Community Farm
Foodlink operates an urban farm and community garden, and supports schools and partners to develop their own gardens and programs.
We believe that urban agriculture is an essential part of our local food system and the health of our community.
The Lexington Avenue Community Farm is a 1.33-acre urban agriculture campus located between the Edgerton and Lyell-Otis neighborhoods of northwest Rochester. The farm consists of a large community garden, a commercial growing operation, and public pocket park and play area. Through the Lexington Avenue Community Farm, Foodlink provides opportunities to build connections between the land, our programs, and our community.
Growing community through gardening
The community garden at the Lexington Avenue Community Farm is the largest and most productive in Rochester. Foodlink founded the farm in 2011, as a result of the advocacy of a small group of refugee families who organized around a need for space to grow fresh, high-quality, and culturally relevant food.
Supporting Foodlink programs through commercial growing
Foodlink staff and volunteers also grow food at the Lexington Avenue Community Farm that supports our Curbside Market, Community Kitchen and Nutrition Education programs. This commercial growing operation includes an orchard and apiary.
Bringing gardening to the classroom and beyond
Through our urban agriculture programming, Foodlink collaborates with schools and community organizations in our service area to build teaching and community gardens, and to offer garden-based education.
- Foodlink’s Lexington Avenue Farm is one of the largest urban agriculture sites in the City of Rochester.
- The community garden now provides space for 65 families to grow approximately 6,000 pounds of food for their households each year.
- Each year, Lexington Avenue urban farming operations grow an average 2,000 pounds for Foodlink’s programs.
- Despite COVID-19 impacting Foodlink’s volunteer operations in 2020, over a dozen volunteers still donated approximately 250 hours of time to the farm!
Learn more about the work we do at the farm and the different opportunities to volunteer or engage with us. During non-COVID times, we’re happy to give group tours when it’s safe to do so!