First South East Area Coalition Vocational/Trade School Scholarship Recipient!

Back in May SEAC announced our South East Area Coalition Vocation/Trade School Scholarship Fund for Center For Youth. Well I am thrilled and excited to announce that we have our first recipient!

Zhanaysia is a health studies student with a focus on Nursing. She states that the support helps her get through college and college has been very good to boost her mental health. The scholarship support from SEAC will help her purchase her medical books for the semester.

We are proud to support Zhanaysia in her studies and wish her nothing but success!

Be well all

Mike Evans

Executive Director

Feel Your Way: Weeding With Visual Challenges

On Saturday we held the first of what we hope is many workshops in collaboration with 490 Farmers! People braved the rain to participate in this event! A huge thanks to Kiki Smith, SEAC’s AWESOME Fundraising Coordinator, who led the workshop and really got her hands dirty (in a totally great way!).

We explored different assistive technology apps like Be My Eyes and Picture This, which may assist in identification and offer planting/harvesting info for plants. We explored the children’s garden, finding  hostas and zinnia. We used  one of the apps to identify something called evening primrose that no one present had been able to identify.

Then we got dirty, pulling vine weed  from the beds and paths that create Rochester’s Flower City symbol in 490 Farmer’s Children’s Garden.

Our favorite part was “weeding and eating”, nibbling at cherry tomatoes, borage, nasturtium, mini cantaloupe,  and tomatillos.   Several of the participants had never touched a  sunflower and reveled in the textures and variety of specimen they discovered, even realizing that sunflowers bear an enchanting aroma. We learned how to use our senses of taste and smell, as well as touch, to identify different plants in order to make choices about growing or discarding them.

Thank you to Cornell Cooperative Extension for being with us, supporting us and our community and having a booth!

We look forward to doing this again in the future!

Celebrate the South East Area Invitation! Tickets on Sale Now!

It’s time for a toast- to the people and places that make our community the healthy, helpful place it is! YOU! The city’s southeast quadrant is more than a place; it’s a feeling… A feeling of community. Of imagination. Of prosperity. Of possibility…

The party starts on Friday, Sept. 10 at 6PM at Sager Beer Works, 46 Sager Dr.

  • Enjoy a round on us while Highland neighborhood musician Jackson Cavalier woos you with his song.
  • Listen with wonder as nationally renowned storyteller and neighbor Jay Stetzer unravels the tale of our community’s fascinating past, including the creation of the South East Area Coalition itself.
  • Explore an auction trove of goods and services from the generous merchants, artists, businesses, and artisans from all over the southeast area!
  • Indulge in the craft beer and culinary creations of the hottest new microbrewery in the quadrant.
  • Enjoy a special performance by the talented SEAC community partner, Mount Hope World Singers.

Mark your calendars and stay tuned for registration information, sponsorship opportunities, and other exciting details!

Tickets are limited, so get yours today by clicking this link or scanning the QR Code in the picture!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Be well!

Kiki Smith, Lori Woods, and Mike Evans

The South East Area Coalition is super excited to collaborate with 490 Farmers to create Feeling Your Way: Weeding with Visual Challenges!

All ages are welcome to attend!

SEAC’s awesome and amazing Kiki Smith will be leading the class and teaching sensory gardening technics!

Thank you 490 Farmers for helping create this opportunity!

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August 21st 9am-11am

Whether you are totally blind or have 20/20 vision, we can show you simple techniques to improve your gardening using your other four senses!

490 Farmers Community Garden

Southeast corner, Broadway and Meigs, Rochester, NY 14607.

RSVP appreciated but not required.

Questions? Email