490 Farmers

Our Mission

490 Farmers seeks to use urban agriculture as a platform for eliminating food insecurity, providing land access to urban dwellers, and creating opportunities for sustainability education & community building that enhance the quality of life for Rochester residents, and help push our city toward a more resilient and equitable future.

The 490 Farm

The 490 Farm is located at the corner of Broadway & Meigs St across from the Baber AME Church (550 Meigs St, Rochester NY, 14607). We are the first community garden on state owned land in New York, and the second largest in the city of Rochester.

What we offer:

  • 50 garden plots for rent! Raised beds of varying sizes used for food or therapy gardening. All garden plots are currently filled, if you would like to be added to the waitlist for a plot, please email info@490farmers.com.

  • Free Food Forest! A perennial forest garden where volunteers can help themselves. We have a wide assortment of fruit trees, berry bushes, herbs, and perennial vegetables. Additional produce is used to stock our Little Free Pantry, or donated to the South Wedge Food Program.

  • Children's Garden! Our sectioned pinwheel design provides an opportunity for children to play in the different soil types and a sand box, walk along a yellow brick road, learn and help grow some kid-friendly plants (flowers, vegetables, & native pollinators). Any child with adult supervision is welcome to harvest from the Children's Garden.

  • Community Composting! A three bin system where anyone can bring their kitchen or garden compost. The compost is located at our entrance on Meigs St. Learn more about composting here.

  • Little Free Pantry/FNB Food Stand! Part of the Roc Food Not Bombs network of Free Food Stands throughout the city. Leave what you can, and take what you need.

Community Partners

Our work would not be possible without the continual support from our partners and friends. We can't thank you enough!