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Property Location
2185 Manitou Road, Rochester, NY
[Monroe County]
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55 acres available
20 open acres for farming
35 wooded acres / other

Property Description

Description of the property’s current condition and current use(s):

Our 55 acre Community Farm is a work in progress, growing year by year since Fall 2016. We have 10 acres available inside of a 8 foot deer fence in close proximity to the Erie Canal for sustainable irrigation. We also have member garden plots, other vacant land for planting and 3 greenhouses. 

Farm history / past uses of the property:

The Farm was established in 1825 while the construction of the Erie Canal was built. It has a historic home that will eventually be remodeled, it has Historic Barns which is in progress of renovation. Previous use of the property was a dairy farm, then a vegetable U-Pick. Homesteads for Hope purchased the property in Fall of 2016 for the purpose of an inclusive community farm focusing on Agritourism, education, vocational and recreational programs for all the enjoy. 

Farm Infrastructure

Infrastructure and equipment:

  • Fencing
  • Water access
  • Barns or other facilities for storage of equipment, livestock, and crops
  • Farmer housing
  • Equipment available for sale or lease
  • Electrical Access

Fencing description:

We have about 10 acres encolosed with 8' Deer Fence

Water access description:

Our Farm sits on 2500LF of Wide Waters of the Historic Erie Canal this is close proximety 

Barns/structures description:

  • 800 sq foot Farm Store with 2 ADA Bathrooms
  • 10,000 sq foot Historic Barns for Agri-Tourism Events 
  • 3 Greenhouses - 2 heated, 1 hoop house 
  • 400 sq foot Maintanence Barn
  • 2 Chicken Coops; total of 50 chickens
  • Other available buildings - currently under construction

Farmer housing description:

Currently for the 2021 Season, we do not offer onsite housing. Can help faciliate housing in the area.

Equipment description:

  • Large Kubota Tractor with Attachments
    • Brush Hog
    • 1 Yard Bucket
    • Hydraulic Post Hole Digger
    • RotoTiller
    • Plastic Layer
  • John Deere Tractor with Manure Spreader
  • Self Propelled Brush Hog Mower
  • Irrigaion Pump 
  • Finish Mower


Crops and Livestock

Types of crops permitted to be produced on the property:

Vegetables, Fruits

Types of livestock permitted on the property:


Livestock/crops description :

We currently have egg laying chickens, we are interested in expanding to more animals. 

Tenure Options

Tenure options:

Farm Management

Description of tenure options:

We are seeking a FT / Salaried or Seasonal Farm Manager. Homesteads for Hope is a Inclusive Community Farm focusing on Agritourism. We Offer Programs, Classes, Recreational Membership, CSA Food Share, Community & Private Events. We are seeking a Farmer who can help us maintain our land up to 5 acres for a CSA program, Support education of Member Planting Boxes and Support the Future Growth of Agriculture on the Farm. 


Additional Information

Conservation status:


Current land zoning:


Is the property located in a NY Agricultural District?:


Preferred farming method:

Organic (not certified)

Preferences and restrictions on agricultural activities:

H4H is a 501c3 nonprofit Farm, and our main program is called Ready! Set! Work! and it is a 3 day Vocational Program for young adults with and without disabilities seeking to learn to work in natures classroom, offering social and life skills which will allow them jobs on the farm and in the greater community. Farmer candidate will need to help facilitate educational focus opportunities through agriculture. We offer creative and flexibility of choice of experience. 

Do you require a farmer who qualifies for agricultural assessment?:


Are you willing to have the public on the property as a part of the farm business?: