Food (agriculture) & Environment - Rochester, NY area

Considering the effects of what we eat on our environment (our life support system) will have to be the new normal if we are to feed 9 billion by 2050—or maybe even 12 billion by 2100.   

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Page Contents: Food NewsLinks | Food and Climate Change | Special Food Resources | Official Food Links | Food Education | Food Action  | Gardening in Rochester | Local Farmers' Markets | Food (agriculture) essays|

Food and the Environment There are a number of environmental issues containing concerns we should have about the food we eat.

food Agriculture in the Rochester NY region during Climate Change

Many expert reports conclude that in New York’s Rochester region, agriculture will fare well as Climate Change kicks in.  One study says, “…though there will still be risks of early-season frosts and damaging winter thaws, warming is expected to improve the climate for fruit production in the Great Lakes region.” (Page 73, Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States) By the end of this century our growing season could lengthen by a month.  If we manage our incredible water resources properly, studies suggest there’s hope that the $4.5 billion dollar agricultural sector of our state’s economy will thrive.  

That bodes well for our (thus far) Frack-less region, despite contentions that we cannot be saved financially unless Fracking is allowed to proceed.  Let this be a warning: Fracking in Texas portends catastrophic issues we here in New York State might have if we lift the moratorium on Fracking. Because climate models predict more droughts occurring near the end of our summers and early autumns, we could be pitting our agriculture and the Fracking industry against each other for our fresh water. (See: “Drought-Stricken Texas Fracks Its Way to Water Shortages”)

Other regions of world will not be as lucky as ours in food production:

“All of the studies suggest the worst impacts will be felt by the poorest people. Robinson, the former Irish president, said: "Climate change is already having a domino effect on food and nutritional security for the world's poorest and most vulnerable people. Child malnutrition is predicted to increase by 20% by 2050. Climate change impacts will disproportionately fall on people living in tropical regions, and particularly on the most vulnerable and marginalised population groups. This is the injustice of climate change – the worst of the impacts are felt by those who contributed least to causing the problem." But from Europe to the US to Asia, no population will remain insulated from the huge changes in food production that the rest of the century will bring.” (Climate change: how a warming world is a threat to our food supplies, The Guardian, April 13, 2013)

But the rosy projection for our region is no reason for us to get complacent. For one, those without will come to those who have.  We cannot just talk about agriculture in our Northeast region, but must talk about agriculture around the world.  Food demand, because of dramatic population increases in the next few decades, will increase at the same time many regions are severely challenged by Climate Change.  Even genetically modified foods (GM foods, or biotech foods) cannot increase food production in areas where the soil has been destroyed by lack of rain and continual floods that will wash away all the over-fertilized dirt.  There will be incredible moral, political, and economic pressure for our region to clear our lands for food production—as there will be for all potential farming sites around the world. This restructuring of our region for food could be a great economic boom for us if we haven’t already Fracked our waters, failed to cleanup all those Brownfields, or compromised critical ecological features like wetlands and forests.   more...


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Food and Climate Change

Changes in growing season lengths, pests, and watering patterns are coming with Climate Change.  Find out how to prepare for food production in our region with Climate Change influencing all.  *See this Infographic: the impact of climate on food --from The Guardian.

  • The North American Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance (NACSAA) "The recently formed North American Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance (Alliance) provides platforms for engagement, dialogue, knowledge sharing and application of climate science to the agriculture and forestry sectors.  " 
  • Climate Smart Farming | Cornell’s Climate Smart Farming program is a voluntary initiative that helps farmers in the Northeastern US to: Increase agricultural productivity and farming incomes sustainably Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural production through adoption of best management practices, and increased energy efficiency and use of renewable energy Increase farm resiliency to extreme weather and climate variability through adoption of best management practices for climate change adaptation (Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences )
  • USDA Climate Change Adaptation Plan The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Climate Change Adaptation Plan presents strategies and actions to address the effects of climate change on key mission areas including agricultural production, food security, rural development, and forestry and natural resources conservation. The USDA Climate Change Adaptation Plan includes input from eleven USDA agencies and offices.  It provides a detailed vulnerability assessment, reviews the elements of USDA’s mission that are at risk from climate change, and provides specific actions and steps being taken to build resilience to climate change.  The plan advances President Obama’s efforts to integrate climate change adaptation planning into the actions of the federal government.  Full Plan | USDA
  • Climate and This site provides a unique and comprehensive set of resource materials to help farmers make practical and profitable responses to climate changes.
  • Climate will alter the soil that feeds us One of the main species of microbes that hold the soil together is likely to be affected by rising temperatures, with unpredictable consequences for fertility and erosion. London, 4 July – Global warming may be about to change the ground under our feet – and perhaps not in a good way. It could be about to affect one of the most important communities on the planet: the tiny microbes that make life possible for the rest of creation, according to new research by scientists in the US and Spain. Cyanobacteria are almost everywhere, have been around for the whole of life’s 3.5 billion-year history, and fix nitrogen from the atmosphere to fertilise plants and feed animals. They are so common, and so numerous, that they form collectives that can be picked up by hand, and be seen even from space. As photosynthesisers, these blue-green algae also deliver the oxygen to keep the animal world on the move. Ferrari Garcia-Pichel and colleagues report in the journal Science that they examined cyanobacteria in desert soils through the whole of North America. They found that two species dominated. One, calledMicroceleus steenstrupii, lives in the hot deserts while the other, M. vaginatus, prefers cold dry places. (July 4, 2013) Climate News Network [more on Climate Change and Food in our area]
  • Climate Change and Gardening Various resources for gardening in our area in a warmer climate --from Cornell Cooperative Extension Tompkins County 615 Willow Avenue Ithaca, NY 14850-3555 (607) 272-2292 
  • "While agriculture occupies approximately 25 percent of the state’s [New York] total land area and generated more than $5 billion in 2007, the vast majority of crops in the state do not require irrigation and rely mainly on precipitation.22 Consequently, the state’s agricultural water use is relatively low. Groundwater withdrawals made up a small fraction of overall supply, representing slightly more than 8 percent of total freshwater withdrawals.23 " (Page 198) Ready or Not: An Evaluation of State Climate and Water Preparedness Planning --from Natural Resources Defense Council
  • "Growing Seasons The agriculture industry in the United States generates over $200 billion a year in food and commodities from a diverse range of crops and animals. Climate change affects this industry by contributing to increased productivity in certain crops and reducing productivity in others. Crop responses in a changing climate reflect the interplay among three factors: changing temperatures, changing water resources, and increasing carbon dioxide concentrations as they affect the crops and also crop pests. Warming generally causes plants that are below their optimum temperature to grow faster, with obvious benefits. For some plants, such as cereal crops, however, faster growth means there is less time for the grain itself to grow and mature, reducing yields. For some annual crops, adjusting the planting date to avoid late season heat stress is one strategy for adjusting to changes. The grain-filling period (the time when the seed grows and matures) of wheat and other small grains shortens dramatically with increasing temperatures. Analysis of crop responses suggests that even moderate increases in temperature will decrease yields of corn, wheat, sorghum, bean, rice, cotton, and peanut crops. " (Page 68, The National Global Change Research Plan: 2012-2021 The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) Online Resource Library was created to fulfill the requirement for a Global Change Resource Information Office as mandated by the Global Change Research Act (GCRA) of 1990.
  • "High summer temperatures harm agriculture as well. Summer is the growing season for most crops, from corn to soybeans to blueberries and cherries. Extreme weather and climate conditions can thwart crop yields, especially if they occur during critical growth or reproductive phases of plant growth. Livestock are also sensitive to high temperatures, which can make it harder for them to gain weight, produce milk, and reproduce." (Page 5, Ruined Summer: How Climate Change Scorched the Nation in 2012   (August 30, 2012) National Wildlife Federation
  • The effects of climate change on agriculture, land resources, water resources, and biodiversity in the United States Final Report, Synthesis and Assessment Product 4.3 | A Report by the U.S. Climate Change Science Program and the Subcommittee on Global Change Research 2008 U.S. Climate Change Science Program.
  • Certain communities and ecological systems are particularly vulnerable to these impacts, leading to changes in public investments in roads and other infrastructure, responses by public health institutions, private investments in agriculture and facilities, and adjustments to insurance and other risk management approaches, among many others. The climate risks are well enough known to justify some actions now that ensure a safer, more resilient, and prosperous future. This is particularly true in the case of investments in long-lived physical infrastructure. As climate changes, responses and standards that public and private institutions have historically relied upon to inform their decisions may no longer be effective.” (Pages 25 &26 The National Global Change Research Plan: 2012-2021 The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) Online Resource Library was created to fulfill the requirement for a Global Change Resource Information Office as mandated by the Global Change Research Act (GCRA) of 1990.
  • AGRICULTURE THROWN FOR A LOOP The United States is already seeing a trend toward fewer frost days, an earlier date of last-spring freeze, a later date of the first-fall frost, and less snow cover. Shorter winters will benefit some forms of agriculture, especially by extending the growing season. However, these changes are also having negative impacts on some crops, sometimes in surprising ways. For example, winter wheat crops and trees can be more vulnerable to frost damage when there is no snow cover. While some farmers can easily switch from one crop to another, for others this transition can be prohibitively expensive.(Page 10, Odd-ball Winter Weather: Global Warming’s Wake-Up Call for the Northern United States from National Wildlife Federation
  • Agriculture | Earlier studies predicted that climate change would benefit or only marginally disrupt Great Lakes agricultural productivity over the next 100 years, with warming and increased CO2 fertilization boosting yields in the northern parts of the region. Newer climate projections used in this report, however, suggest a less favorable impact on agriculture, largely because of changes in the distribution of rain: Wetter periods are expected during times that could delay harvest or planting, and dry spells are projected during times when crops need water. As optimal agricultural climates move northward and eastward, crop yields may be limited by soil quality and be more vulnerable to weather extremes such as floods and droughts. (Page 4, Confronting Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region Impacts on Our Communities and Ecosystems  The Union of Concerned Scientists and The Ecological Society of America (2003)
  • Impacts on Agriculture | Key Findings: (Page 67, Confronting Climate Change in the U.S. Northeast J u l y 2 0 0 7 A report of the Northeast Climate Impacts Assessment) 
    • Farmers in the Northeast will face increasing uncertainty and risk as they attempt to adapt to the effects of climate change.
    • A longer growing season may allow farmers to experiment with new crops, but many traditional farm operations in the region will become unsustainable without adaptation strategies that could be quite costly in some cases.
    • Without adaptation measures, increasing summer heat stress is projected, by mid-century, to depress milk production and the yields of a number of economically important crops across southern parts of the region, particularly under the higher-emissions scenario. By late-century under this scenario, milk production across much of the region could decline 5 to 20 percent in certain months, with the greatest losses in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. By contrast, little change is expected under the lower-emissions scenario.
    • Parts of the Northeast are projected to become unsuitable for growing certain popular varieties of apples, blueberries, and cranberries by mid-century, since they require long winter-chill periods to produce fruit.
    • European wine grapes are expected to benefit from warmer winters, but yields of native grape varieties such as the Concord are projected to decline.
    •  Weed problems and pest-related damage are likely to escalate, increasing pressures on farmers to use more herbicides and pesticides.
    • An increasing number of storms producing heavy rainfall may delay spring planting and damage crops and soils, while more frequent droughts during the growing season—particularly under the higher-emissions scenario—could make irrigation essential for most high-value crops.
    •  By late-century many of these trends are projected to be highly pronounced across most of the Northeast under the higher-emissions scenario, but more constrained in magnitude and geographic extent under the lower-emissions scenario.
  • Agriculture  Key Messages: (Page 71, Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States  | The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP)  2009)
    • Many crops show positive responses to elevated carbon dioxide and low levels of warming, but higher levels of warming often negatively affect growth and yields.
    • Extreme events such as heavy downpours and droughts are likely to reduce crop yields because excesses or deficits of water have negative impacts on plant growth.
    • Weeds, diseases, and insect pests benefit from warming, and weeds also benefit from a higher carbon dioxide concentration, increasing stress on crop plants and requiring more attention to pest and weed control.
    • Forage quality in pastures and rangelands generally declines with increasing carbon dioxide concentration because of the effects on plant nitrogen and protein content, reducing the land’s ability to supply adequate livestock feed.
    • Increased heat, disease, and weather extremes are likely to reduce livestock productivity.


Wide Water GardensOne of Rochester’s largest community gardens Wide Water Gardens is a joint project between the Upper Monroe Neighborhood Association (UMNA), Third Rochester Enterprises Corporation(TREC) and the City of Rochester to bring a new urban agricultural, educational and recreational resource to the residents of the City of Rochester and surrounding communities.  With its fifty plus rental plots and a host of beautifully themed gardens, Wide Water Gardens is the perfect place to grow your own vegetables, learn about urban agriculture, sample delicious fruits and vegetables or just hang out and take in the surroundings.

Rochester area Special Food Resources

Check these sites for local food and environment business solutions to an alternate ways of gather food for consumption

  • Abundance Food Co-op  Abundance Cooperative Market opened at 62 Marshall Street on Earth Day, 2002. However, the energy and vision for the co-op began nearly 60 years earlier when a small buying club was organized in a warehouse in the Upper Monroe Neighborhood, the Genesee Food Co-op. Local Abundance We give priority to buying local, organic, sustainable, and/or socially responsible products. In fact, we helped to pioneer the natural and organic food movement in the region, building our store from the ground up through the hard work of our owners and the longstanding partnerships with local farmers and producers we’ve established.
  • Rochester Area Vegan Society (RAVS) We are now the Rochester Area Vegan Society! In Celebration of our 25th anniversary, we changed our name from the Rochester Area Vegetarian Society to the Rochester Area Vegan Society! Since its founding in the fall of 1989, all of RAVS’s events, projects, publications, and recommendations—as well as all the food served at its meetings—have been completely vegan. It just took 25 years for its name to catch up. RAVS has always intended to convey that the reasons not to eat meat, poultry and fish—concern for human health, for the lives of animals, and for the sustainability of the planet—argue just as strongly not to eat eggs, milk, cheese, or any other animal products. For all of these years, the group has kept its name in the belief that it is more welcoming to those who have not made the decision to be vegan. But in point of fact, RAVS welcomes everyone—meat eaters, vegetarians, and vegans alike—to contact us, to join the group, and to attend any of its events. By changing its name, RAVS makes the unequivocal statement that its goal is to promote a vegan diet and way of life, and its mission is to bring that message to everyone.
  • Foodlink Foodlink is a Feeding America regional food bank, which rescues and redistributes nearly 10 million pounds of food annually to a network of 500 member agencies in a 10-county area in Central and Western New York. Foodlink’s vision is to end hunger, build self-sufficiency, and foster nutritional wellness. We pursue this vision through an innovative collection of initiatives including our regional food bank, Freshwise Catering, Freshwise Farms, and the Fulfillment Center. The Foodlink Food Bank works with area food retailers, manufacturers and wholesalers to acquire, sort, store and redistribute food to our member charity programs – especially soup kitchens, shelters and emergency food pantries. In addition, Foodlink provides food to hundreds of non-emergency programs such as group homes, day cares, senior centers and camps. Our goal is to help non-profits agencies save vital dollars on their food budget so their scarce resources can be redirected to their programs to meet the emotional, physical and spiritual needs of clients.
  • Genesee Valley Organic Community Supported Agriculture: The Genesee Valley Organic CSA is a farmer-shareholder coop open to anyone in the greater Rochester NY area.
  • UR-VEG Home We're UR undergraduates, grads, alumni and staff committed to the welfare and rights of animals. Our goal is to reduce unnecessary animal suffering by helping people lead healthy and compassionate veg*an lifestyles. We advertise, sponsor educational events, conduct field trips, host potluck dinners and provide weekly rides to local groceries and restaurants. Anyone interested in vegetarianism, veganism, animal rights or animal welfare is welcome; you don't have to be a vegetarian to join us! Please feel free to stop by one of our meetings to find out what we're about — or just to try some free vegan food.
  • Greater Rochester Urban Bounty Since 1999, The Greater Rochester Urban Bounty (GRUB) has been farming two market gardens and a vineyard in the northeast sector of the city during the summer months. Our produce is grown without pesticides or chemicals, and we use only approved organic fertilizers. We have a compost site to help make the precious organic nutrients for our growing crops.
  • Rochester Roots Rochester Roots is creating a locally sustainable food system that ensures community food security.
  • If you are worried about pesticides and herbicides and food, this site (according to some experts) is a good source to find out about that relationship. Environmental Working Group || - You can also get a free copy of "Shopper's Guide to Pesticides and Produce."
  • Naturally Green | Radio for Garden Lovers | Saturday's at 9AM on WYSL 1040 AM. "All about gardening & nature from Aphids to Zinnias. Garden expert, Michael Warren Thomas hosts your questions with guests from the gardening community."
  • Edible Buffalo "Welcome to Edible BUFFALO ~ Western New York’s new quarterly print magazine solely dedicated to showcasing and promoting our local food shed. We will focus on where our local food is grown and produced, along with featuring our many food artisans and chefs, farmers’ markets and food shops and the restaurants and cafes that dot the landscape of the region."
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County - 4-H Youth Development Welcome to the Lake Plains 4-H Youth Development Program!   We support regional 4-H efforts as a part of the Lake Plains 4-H Program. Both Monroe and Wayne counties share expertise across county lines. By utilizing the strengths and capacities of each county 4-H program, youth audiences and their families will have greater accessibility to 4-H program opportunities throughout the Wayne and Monroe County Regions.   By offering "learn-by-doing" projects and activities, youth explore a broad spectrum of interests in 4-H that include Agriculture & Farming, Environmental Conservation & Science, Youth Community Action/Community Service, Communication & Public Speaking, Plants and Animals, and Science & Technology.



My backyard urban garden, with raised bed, a rabbit fence below and a bird netting above to protect lettuce and tomatoes from squirrels. 2013. Some of the soil used to grow my crops comes from my compost bins, that comes from food waste year-round.

Official Food Links for our area

Various departments of government rule over matters of our food and environment.  Get the facts and the regulations from your public institutions

  • New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Our mission is to foster a competitive food and agriculture industry that benefits producers and consumers alike. Agriculture makes up one-quarter of the State's land area and contributes immensely to the quality of life in New York State by generating economic activity and producing wholesome products to nourish our families. We work diligently to promote a viable agricultural industry, foster agricultural environmental stewardship, and safeguard our food supply. This website was designed to help you learn about the many services and specialized programs the Department has to offer. Take a look for yourself, and if there is anything that you cannot locate or requires further clarification, please don't hesitate to contact us via this website or at 1-800-554-4501. Thanks for your support of New York's food and agricultural industries!
  • NEW YORK STATE COUNCIL ON FOOD POLICY "New York State Governor’s Office issued Executive Order No. 13 on May 18, 2007 that established the New York State Council on Food Policy (NYS CFP). NYS CFP was created with the recognition that agriculture is a critically important industry to New York State, that hunger is a serious problem facing many families; that access to affordable, fresh and nutritious food is a serious problem; and that there are significant environmental, health and economic benefits from expanding agriculture production, including locally-grown and organically-grown food. "
  • United States Department of Agriculture - –Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman released the Bush Administration's review of the food and agriculture system with a view toward identifying critical needs for the new century. The report, "Food and Agricultural Policy: Taking Stock for the New Century," details the enormous changes that have taken place in agriculture which continue to accelerate across the American food and farm sector.
  • US Food and Drug Administration (FDA): Every day, every American comes in contact with a host of products regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), everything from the most common food ingredients to complex medical and surgical devices, lifesaving drugs, and radiation-emitting consumer and medical products. In fact, FDA-regulated products account for about 25 cents of every consumer dollar spent in the United States. Stated most simply, FDA's mission is to promote and protect the public health by helping safe and effective products reach the market in a timely way, and monitoring products for continued safety after they are in use. Our work is a blending of law and science aimed at protecting consumers.

Food and Environment Education

Find out how food and our environment are connected and why it matters what you eat for our future.

  • International Food Policy Research Institute - Searching for policies to feed the world and protect the environment. IFPRI’s mission is to identify and analyze policies for sustainably meeting the food needs of the developing world. Research at IFPRI concentrates on economic growth and poverty alleviation in low-income countries, improvement of the well-being of poor people, and sound management of the natural resource base that supports agriculture. IFPRI seeks to make its research results available to all those in a position to use them and to strengthen institutions in developing countries that conduct research relevant to its mandate.
  • CDC BSE BSE (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, or Mad Cow Disease)  "BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy) is a progressive neurological disorder of cattle that results from infection by an unusual transmissible agent called a prion. The nature of the transmissible agent is not well understood. Currently, the most accepted theory is that the agent is a modified form of a normal protein known as prion protein. For reasons that are not yet understood, the normal prion protein changes into a pathogenic (harmful) form that then damages the central nervous system of cattle. "
  • Food Cooking and Storage --from New York State Department of Health
  • What's in that fish and game sport that you should be aware of before you eat it? Find out from the New York State Department of Health ---   2005-2006 Health Advisories: Chemicals in Sportfish and Game
  • Sustainable Table Sustainable Table celebrates local sustainable food, educates consumers on food-related issues and works to build community through food.
  • Does your food have mercury in it? Check it out: Sea Turtle Restoration Project : Got Mercury? "GotMercury is a project of Turtle Island Restoration Network, the parent organization of Sea Turtle Restoration Project. is part of Turtle Island Restoration Network's efforts to protect the environment and the public from mercury. Because of the ubiquitious nature of mercury in our environment and because federal and state public health agencies are not doing enough to raise public awareness and protect the public from mercury, we developed "
  • “New York was one of the top ranking states for number of organic farms and value of organic sales for many categories of production. “ [2011 ORGANIC PRODUCTION SURVEY, U. S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York Field Office]

Food and Environmental Action

There are ways you can join up with others and take action for food and our local environment

  • ACTION: From our friends over at the Rochester People’s Climate Coalition: Climate Friendly Food Choices |”Food Choices are extremely important for anyone who wants to take climate change action because: Food Choices have a profound effect on greenhouse gas emissions (one study shows as much as 51%). Food Choices are amongst the easiest changes that make a huge difference—the biggest bang for our individual buck.” Find out more about this issue and contact RPCC to see how you can help this issue locally. More on Food in our area.
  • Local Rochester group working to get GMO’s labeled and the public educated about this critical food issue. GMO-Free Rochester "Welcome to GMO-Free Rochester, NY.  Our organization is focused on informing local consumers about GMOs and helping pass legislation to label them on products. Among other things, we are working to support a NY bill for mandatory GMO labeling.  You can read about why labeling is important and what you can do.  New action alerts for the upcoming legislative session are just coming out, so check out our News Feed for up-to-date information.  To avoid having to remember to keep checking back, you can sign up for email or Facebook updates.  Be sure to sign up both with us, for local updates, and withGMO-Free, to receive the fastest statewide info about this bill. "
  • The True Food Network The Center for Food Safety works to protect human health and the environment by curbing the proliferation of harmful food production technologies and by promoting organic and other forms of sustainable agriculture. CFS has offices in Washington, DC and San Francisco, CA
  • What’s On My Food? :: Pesticides On Food Pesticide Action Network At Pesticide Action Network (PAN) we know one thing: Pesticides are the linchpin of industrialized agriculture.
  • Bio/Veg Committee works on issues related to food and our environment in the Rochester, NY area. Rochester Reginal Group Sierra Club | Sierra Club
  • Food & Water Watch "Food & Water Watch works to ensure the food, water and fish we consume is safe, accessible and sustainable. So we can all enjoy and trust in what we eat and drink, we help people take charge of where their food comes from, keep clean, affordable, public tap water flowing freely to our homes, protect the environmental quality of oceans, force government to do its job protecting citizens, and educate about the importance of keeping shared resources under public control. "
  • Seed Freedom "Seed, Bija in Sanskrit, Shido in Japanese, Zhangzi in Chinese, Semi in Italian, Semilla in Spanish, Semence in French, Der Saat in German, is the source of life and the first link in the food chain. Control over seed means a control over our lives, our food and our freedom. Corporations like Monsanto have created a seed emergency, a seed emergency through patents on seeds, seed monopolies, biopiracy genetic engineering and creation of non renewable sterile seeds. Seed monopolies have pushed 250,000 farmers to commit suicide in India. After contaminating farmer’s seeds and crops, Monsanto sues farmers “for stealing their gene”, putting the polluter pays principle on its head, and making it the polluter gets paid principle. The multidimensional emergency created by patents on seeds and GMOs needs a global collective response. Join the Global campaign on Seed Freedom to stop the corporate hijack of seed and with it, the hijack of our freedom and our future. "

Gardening in the Rochester, NY area

Few activities are more popular than gardening and gardening in the Rochester, NY area is no different.  Check out these Rochester area gardening sites for best advice on you garden issues.

Local Farmers Markers

Buy local foods and help our environment. Another good way to help our environment and our economy is to help out our local agriculture. In the United States (and probably around the world) we have so evolved in our food production and distribution so that there are many local food producers who feed the few and a few very large food producers who feed the vast majority. Though this model often keeps food prices low and uniform (though even that can be disputed), it also requires a vast quantity of fossil fuels (which warm the planet) to transport and in my opinion create a very dangerous dependency on a few food products (like wheat, corn, rice, soybeans, and a few others) which work against the need for biodiversity in our planets flora system. Buying from local agriculture can help alleviate this propensity to depend of a few large agriculture corporations and sustain our environment—and maybe even give jobs to your locality. Not to mention, you can probably walk to your local farmer’s market and move food production away from a dependency on fossil fuels. 

* Find all Monroe County public Farmers Markets here --From New York State Farmers' Markets, New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets 

  • Monroe village Farmers' Market. The Monroe Village Farmers’ Market was formed to foster community and connection both within the Monroe Village neighborhood, and between people who live and work in the city and the farmers from the surrounding countryside who feed us. All of our vendors grow or produce their products within 100 miles of Rochester.
  • Rochester Public Market "Rochester's 103 year old Public Market, located in the heart of Rochester. Bargains abound Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Vendors offer their fresh foods, ethnic delicacies and specialty items. Special events throughout the year such as Sundays "Greatest Garage Sales Ever", and "Flower City Days" add to the flavor and excitement. The Public Market is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 a.m. - 1 :00 p.m., and Saturdays from 5:00 a.m. to 3 p.m., year-round." from  Welcome to the City of Rochester
  • The Genesee Valley Organic Community Supported Agriculture  GVOCSA Vision We envision the creation of a land-based community of people of diverse ages, backgrounds, and incomes, farmers and non-farmers, who are committed to love, justice, equality, democracy and cooperation, and who honor the intrinsic value of nature and food, and the dignity of labor. The members of this community will work gently together to learn and teach others to live sustainably, in the broadest sense, for the health of all living creatures and the planet. We will practice an agriculture that supports a whole, healthy, sustainable, and loving community.
  • Brighton Farmers’ Market - Color Brighton Green Rain or shine, come to the market for fresh and delicious vegetables, fruit, meat, and more. Help support local farmers who, by growing food in sustainable ways, create a healthier food supply and a cleaner environment.
  • Good Food Collective | A Community Supported Agriculture with Choice! "The Good Food Collective is a multi-farm Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project offering membership programs that connect people to local, sustainable foods and some of the best farmers in our area. "
  • South Wedge Farmers Market "The South Wedge Farmers Market is a Rochester, NY farmers’ market operating under the direction of the South Wedge Planning Committee. Our goal is to provide healthy, fresh food to city residents and support the community’s well-being. 2011 marks our 5th season of bringing you local, fresh food! Our vendors are all located fewer than 100 miles from Rochester. Support healthy, local food systems, and know your food! "
  • Canandaigua Farmers Market "The Canandaigua Farmers Market is an association of farmers and small scale food processors consisting of approximately 30 vendors who live within a limited radius of Canandaigua, NY. It is Ontario County's only farmer-run market.  "
  • Canandaigua VA Medical Center Farmers Market VA Hospital parking lot, Fort Hill Ave. Canandaigua, NY 14424 585-393-7552 Located at VA Hospital parking lot, Fort Hill Ave. in Canandaigua, New York. Come visit and take a look. Phone to find out about its selection of vegetables, crafts, organic food, fruits and local specialties. Hours are Mid-June-Early-October Tuesday, 1:30 p.m.-5 p.m.
  • Chili Farmers Market "The Chili Farmer's Market is held every Saturday morning from 8am to 1pm from May through October and is held at the Chili-Paul Village Plaza along Chili Avenue.  The market is home to many local farmers and craftspeople who take pride in growing and creating locally. Entertainment series every week from 10:30am to 12:00pm. "
  • Fairport Farmers Market "The Fairport Farmers' Market features all locally grown or made products. It hosts an average of 60 vendors each week in the height of the season. It is well known and respected statewide, and has been seen internationally on a Food Network show segment, and mentioned in the book The Artichoke Trail. Location 58 South Main Street (behind Bank Of America) Fairport, NY 14450 [ get directions ] When and Where   (May-November) 58 South Main Street (behind the Bank Of America) Saturdays, 7:00 a.m.-12:00 noon  (closed the first Saturday in June each year for the Canal Days festival) " - from Local Harvest
  • Mendon Farmers Market Tuesdays, 4-7 pm, June 4 - Oct. 15, 2013 Mendon Firemen's Field Mendon Ionia Road (Rte. 64, just south of Rte. 251) Contact us at: 585-624-9590 Mailing address: P.O. Box 276, Mendon, NY 14506
  • Foodlink Farmers Market Washington Square Park, Clinton Ave, Woodbury St, and Court St, Rochester, NY  585-328-3380 x142 Web site: Link Email: hknauf at foodlinkny dot org Located at Washington Square Park, Clinton Ave, Woodbury St, and Court St, in Rochester, New York. Stop by and check it out. Call to learn more about its assortment of organic food, local specialties, vegetables, fruits and crafts. Hours are Mid June-September Wed. 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Click the Edit link if you visit this market to provide information about what is sold
  • Geneva's Farmers Market VENDOR VARIETY! PIES, CAKES, COOKIES POTTED PLANTS, SOAPS, FLOWERS, FRESH FRUIT AND VEGETABLES HANDMADE BAGS AND JEWERLY! Market Dates: Thursday Mornings starting June 13 Location: Exchange Street Parking Lot, across from Lyon’s Bank Time: 7:30am-1pm 
  • Hamlin Farmers Market Town Hall Parking Lot, 1658 Lake Rd Hamlin, NY 14464 585-964-3948, cell: 585-734-6564 Web site: Link Email: hamlintownclerk at yahoo dot com Located at Town Hall Parking Lot, 1658 Lake Road in Hamlin, New York. Drop by to see for yourself. Call to find out about its selection of local specialties, vegetables, fruits, organic food and crafts. Hours are May-Early November Sun. 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Click the Edit link if you shop at this market to provide information about what is offered.
  • Irondequoit Farmers Market "2013 Market Days Thursdays  May 30 to October  4:00 - 8:00 p.m. (market closes at dusk  starting in Sept.) 2013 Market Brochure "
  • The Mall at Greece Ridge Farmers Market Ridge Road West & Long Pond Rd, Sears Lot Rochester, NY 00000 585-225-1140 Web site: Link Email: mfazio at wilmorite dot com Located at Ridge Road West & Long Pond Rd, Sears Lot in Rochester, New York. Come visit and take a look. Call to learn more about its selection of fruits, vegetables, organic food, crafts and local specialties. Hours are June-Early November Thurs., Sat. 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. Click the Edit link if you frequent this market to tell us more about what is sold
  • Macedon Farmers' Market is sponsored by the town of Macedon, New York. It's held every Wednesday from 3:30-6:30 pm from June 19 to October 16, 2013. The Market happens in the Town Hall parking lot behind the library. The Macedon Farmers' Market features locally grown produce sold by the growers themselves. The Market features fresh produce, fruit, maple syrup, fresh cut flowers, crafts, and homemade baked goods. The Macedon Farmers' Market accepts FMNP and WIC Vegetable and Fruit Checks. - from Local Harvest
  • Buy local fruit and vegetables from one of Pittsford's farms Pittsford has some wonderful farm markets and stands located in every section of Town. So if you want fresh fruit and vegetables, there is no better place to buy them then right down the road. Following is a list of several of the local farm stands and markets in the Town of Pittsford. Town of Pittsford, NY
  • The Scottsville Farmer's Market "The Scottsville Farmers’ Market fosters community by bringing together farmers, artists, musicians, organizations and residents to support and enjoy each others’ talents and crafts. "
  • The South Wedge Farmers Market "The South Wedge Farmers Market is a Rochester, NY farmers’ market operating under the direction of the South Wedge Planning Committee.  Our goal is to provide healthy, fresh food to city residents and support the community’s well-being.  2013 marks the 7th season of bringing you local, fresh food! Our vendors are all located fewer than 100 miles from Rochester. Support healthy, local food systems, and know your food! "
  • Victor Farmers Market "LOCATION: Village Hall Parking Lot 60 East Main Street Supporting sustainable agriculture & local economy "
  • The Palmyra Farmers' Market is sponsored by the Village of Palmyra, New York. It's held every Tuesday from 3 -7pm from June thru the end of October. The Market is held in the Palmyra Village Park...across from the Village Hall located at 144 East Main Street. The Palmyra Farmers' Market features locally grown produce sold by the growers themselves. The Market features fresh produce including fruits & vegetables, maple syrup, flowers, eggs, cheese, jams and homemade baked goods, and more! The Palmyra Farmers' Market accepts FMNP and WIC Vegetable and Fruit Checks.  Location Palmyra Village Park, East Main Street (near intersection of NYS Rt 21 & Rt 31) Palmyra, NY 14522  - from Local Harvest
  • Webster's Joe Obbie Farmer's Market, INC. "Varying with the season, vendors fill their tables with baked goods, pies, meats, poultry, goat cheese and goat cheese products, flavored nuts herbs, spice blends, honey, maple syrup, cider, soap and body care products, plants and cut flowers, jewelry, crafts and a wide variety of fruits and vegetables.  Check out the weekly events and the "KIDZ KORNER" conducted by the Girl Scout Troops of Webster."
  • The Westside Farmers Market is now open, until October 15!   The Westside Farmers Market serves five west side neighborhoods in Rochester, NY, located near the walking bridge to UR campus. The market is open each Tuesday from mid June to mid October in the St. Monica parking lot on Genesee St. We pride ourselves on a community spirit that is quite remarkable!