About The Root Farm
MISSION: The Root Farm is focused on learning and healing for people of all ages and abilities through the power of equine, agricultural and recreational experiences.
Located on over 100 acres in Sauquoit, New York, The Root Farm is an innovative complex that features an equine-assisted therapy center, a diverse agriculture center, an accessible challenge course and rock wall for individuals of all abilities, and much more. Our property provides educational, recreational, therapeutic, vocational, and volunteering experiences.
Our 17,000 square foot facility features an 8,000 square foot equine center, which is home to our therapeutic and recreational riding programs that are offered year round. For the past 25 years, our horseback riding programs have served countless individuals. In 2016, our services were provided to 450 individuals for a total of 2,200 program sessions. With our newly expanded facility, these numbers continue to increase. Providing programs to those of all ages and abilities, our integrated approach focuses on our riders emotional, cognitive, physical, and mental health.
Our evolving agriculture center features hydroponic greenhouses, traditional gardens, a chicken coop, and maple syrup and honey production sites. In addition to our staff, students and volunteers assist in the production of Root Farm Fresh, our farm to table product line, featuring honey, maple syrup, maple cream, and all of our fresh produce that is grown right here at the farm.
With the opening of Root Farm Adventures in 2017, our complex features the first inclusive challenge course for youth and adults in the United States.
We believe everyone has the ability to…
We provide a wide variety of educational programs that allow participants to take care of farm animals, learn to ride a horse, plant and harvest vegetables, or even soar down a 1,000 foot zip line.
We believe in immersive experiences that cultivate new skills, independence, self-worth, and a sense of responsibility.
A Partnership for Growth
The Root Farm and Upstate Caring Partners have a shared vision and, combined, over 80 years of providing care to people of all ages and abilities. This collaboration provides state-of-the-art services and programs to countless individuals.
“You can achieve anything at The Root Farm.”
“Just to see a child see a horse for the first time, it’s really exciting.”
“The Root Farm has changed my life in multiple ways.”
The Root Farm’s Board of Directors
Joan Grande, President
Carin Mei, Vice President
H. Thomas Clark III, Secretary
Randall Savicki, Treasurer
Jeremy W. Earl, Executive Director
Dr. Martha Demson
Dr. Alice Root