Volunteers of America is excited to launch our newest program: THE FARM! The Farm is an innovative and sustainable program that will combat food insecurity by growing and distributing fresh produce to economically disadvantaged households. In addition, The Farm will offer educational programming, vocational training opportunities, agri-therapy for veterans and more!
What is The Farm?
The Farm is a vertical hydroponic farm housed within two repurposed shipping containers, located at VOA’s human services campus in Rochester. Using state-of-the-art technology, we are able to grow 2,000 units of produce EVERY WEEK in each farm.
We grow a variety of crops, with our main focus being leafy greens, herbs, lettuce and microgreens.
It’s an ecofriendly solution that makes locally grown produce accessible to people throughout our community, helping to reduce food insecurity.
Annually, The Farm will provide food assistance for more than 2,500 people.
Produce grown from The Farm will be distributed to people in need, including homeless families and individuals, at-risk children, frail seniors and struggling veterans. Through hydroponic farming, we will be able to produce nearly 2,000 units of produce (such as heads of lettuce) every week, and between 4 and 8 tons of food every year. The produce will be served to children who attend the VOA Children’s Center, and families staying at our Emergency Shelter. In addition, produce will be distributed to community members through the VOA Food Pantry and partner agencies.
How to get involved?
You can help by donating a box of produce for a family in need. And in the coming months, you will also be able to purchase produce grown from The Farm! Please visit The Farm’s website at https://www.voafarm.org/ and sign up for email alerts to stay up to date on more exciting news about The Farm!
**The Farm is supported in part by federal award number SLFRP0206 awarded to Monroe County, New York by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.