Community is in our name and is a big part of what we’re all about. We have many friendships with organizations in the Rochester area, as well as shops, restaurants and event spaces that we think make Rochester a unique and vibrant place to live.

Thinking of moving to Rochester?
Below is a Google Map with highlights around Rochester. Beyond that are descriptions of places around Rochester that we are either friends with, think are neat or both. Take a look around!

Want to Connect?
Networking is a big part of what we’re all about.  Don’t hesitate the contact us if you or the organization you’re involved with is interested in learning more about LFC or collaborating on a project. If you want to talk in person, coming to a potluck is a great way to get involved. Mutual welfare, mutual benefit.

Google Map Of LFC Community and Locations

Rochester Community – Places of Interest

General Info About Rochester
RocWiki Roc Wiki, or the people's guide to Rochester, is a collaboratively edited Wikipedia like website about everything Rochester.
City Magazine’s 2014 Annual Manual This is the city's annual magazine about what Rochester is like, from the neighborhoods, to health and fitness, to events. This is a great resource to look through if you want more general information about the city.
Rochester Craigslist Yes. Craigslist.
Events Spaces and Other Neat Organizations
Village Gate – Artist Galleries and Shops The Village Gate is a vibrant space with artist galleries, restaurants and small independently run shops. They house a comic book shop, massage school and cup cake bakery, as well as the Rochester Brainery, a place to teach and attend one off classes on a smörgåsbord of topics.
The Hungerford – Artist Galleries The Hungerford is a collection of artist galleries. They have excellent First Friday and Second Saturday open gallery events every month.
Flying Squirrel Community Space A space for activists and artists, the Flying Squirrel hosts many events each month.
The Gandhi Institute for Non Violence The Ghandi Institute is a non-profit that helps communities develop the tools for non-violent communication. They host classes and events.
Writers and Books Literary Center Writers and Books is a Literary Center that encourages reading culture and holds writers workshops, among other activites.
Rochester Greenovation An upcycle store and non-profit focused on educating the community on sustainability and waste reduction.
Genesee Co-op Credit Union A local, cooperative credit union.
Rochester Makerspace The Rochester Makerspace is a bastion of DIY culture. They have a full functioning wood working lab, 3d printer, and Arduino enthusiasts group. Every Thursday is a free open house.
Sister Communities in Rochester
Ant Hill Housing Cooperative Ant Hill is an awesome housing cooperative in the South Wedge and good friends of LFC. Some LFCers and are former Ants
Ecohouse Eco-house is another amazing community of sustain-ably minded folks, working and living together in a housing co-op.
Vegetarian, Vegetarian-friendly, Local Food
Abundance Market – Food Coop Abundance is a cooperatively owned natural foods market. LFC does a lot of shopping here.
Small World Food Small World Bakery is a cooperativly owned food producer. They started by baking bread and are now making all sorts of goodies, from kimchi to miso, to hot sauce. They only sell retail some days of the week, so make sure to check the website!
Mud Creek Farm Mud Creek Farm is an organic cooperative farm. We have a CSA with mud-creek every year.
Lori's Natural Foods An organic and natural foods store in Rochester
Rochester Area Vegetarian Society The Rochester Vegetarian Society, they have a monthly vegen potluck.
Esan Thai Cuisine Thai food restraunt with ample vegitarian selection.
Balsam Bagels Mmm bagels.
Abyssinia Ethiopian Food Delicious Ethiopian food.
Natural Oasis Ethiopian Food Another great Ethiopian option. All food is vegan and there is a good lunch buffet.
John's Tex-Mex A vegetarian friendly Tex-Mex joint in the South Wedge.
The Owl House Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free dishes made with organic, fresh food.
Cafes and Coffee Shops
Starry Nites Cafe A hip little cafe in the NOTA (neighborhood of the arts).
Equal Grounds Coffee Shop Equal Grounds is a very LGBTQ/everyone friendly coffee shop in the South Wedge.
Joe Bean Coffee Roasters Award winning coffee, also has some nice local brews.
Outdoor Markets
Rochester Public Market The Rochester Public Market is a huge, year round market open on Tuesday (it's small on Tuesdays), Thursday and Saturday
The South Wedge Farmer's Market The South Wedge Farmer's market is from June to October and features local and sustainable food. Runs on Thursdays.
Brighton Farmer's Market A small farmer's market in Brighton that runs from November to May on Sundays.
Monroe Village Farmer's Market A small farmer's market on Wednesdays from June to October

Outside of Rochester

CouchSurfing CouchSurfing is a global community of travelers, many of whom host guests via the website's interface. LFC hosts couch-surfers on a regular basis.
HelpX HelpX is a help exchange program that LFC takes part in. More information can be found on our HelpX page.
Nickel City A co-op in Buffalo.
Bread and Roses A co-op in Syracuse