In 1817, Matthew and Francis Brown built a hydropower raceway at this site. It diverted water from the Genesee River to power dozens of mills, making Rochester the flour capital of the world by the mid-1800s.
Today, the raceway has become the FlourGarden, a 300-foot-long sustainable garden. The FlourGarden features beautiful native, non-invasive plantings and sustainable water works features. It has become a showcase of green space and green technology.
The FlourGarden was created by Greentopia, which is working to create New York State’s first EcoDistrict here in the High Falls neighborhood. Greentopia’s Green Visions program has created an urban cut flower farm in the nearby JOSANA neighborhood. Participants in this workforce development program gain job skills while making their community a healthier and better place to live.
To learn more about Greentopia, tap: https://greentopia.org
To continue your tour, tap the map icon at the bottom of the screen to locate stop 2, or just continue north along Mill Street.