Biodiversity Works, Workshop

The Gunks

The Gunks

Thanks to Jennifer Schwartz and the rest of the Ulster County Planning department for the invite to the biodiversity workshop last night at Ulster County Community College. It was informative, and thought provoking.

The room was full of planners from across the county. Continue reading Biodiversity Works, Workshop

Pruning, Cleaning and Sunning

What a terrific weekend! Thanks to Steve and Julie Noble of the Forsyth Nature Center (and who also serve on the Kingston Land Trust board), folks were busy cleaning up our parks and neighborhoods. There were also sunbathers at City Hall, student rose pruners at the Senate House and vegetable plants given out in Midtown. Continue reading Pruning, Cleaning and Sunning

Groundbreaking Speech

Here is the text version of a speech by Rebecca Martin, chair of the garden committee, given during the April 22, 2009 Victory Garden at City Hall ceremony:

Good morning and thank you for joining us to share this historic moment on a most appropriate day – Earth Day, April 22nd 2009, for the groundbreaking of Kingston City Hall’s Victory Garden.

Almost three years ago, community gardens in the City of Kingston became a mission of a group of citizens living in the active Ward 9 district. Through their research and hard work, a path was forged and an idea set in motion that would help to create a higher quality of life for those living here through the work of community gardens. Continue reading Groundbreaking Speech

Victory Garden Breaks Ground at City Hall

Mayor James Sottile

Mayor James Sottile

More than 50 people attended this morning’s groundbreaking ceremony at Kingston City Hall of the installation of a “Three Sisters” Victory Garden on the west side of the building.

Rebecca Martin, chair of the Kingston Land Trust’s Garden Committee and founder of the Kingston Victory Garden Project, presided over the event, which included comments from Mayor James Sottile and an assistant attorney general for New York State. The Earth Day ceremony culminated with Sottile, Martin and several high school students, who are participating in the garden project, laying the final handfuls of topsoil into the eight-foot by eight-foot raised bed. Continue reading Victory Garden Breaks Ground at City Hall

Watering the Crop

marina-wateringThe garden committee’s plantings are growing fast, and our seed room is now flourishing with young squash, sunflowers and more. This past week, my daughter Marina, pictured here, stopped by to help transplant and water the crops. Continue reading Watering the Crop

City of Kingston 'Victory Garden' To Break Ground

The City of Kingston and the Garden Committee of the Kingston Land Trust will break ground on Earth Day, April 22, with a “Victory Garden” at City Hall that features a historic “Three Sisters”-themed garden of corn, squash and beans and involves students of Kingston High School. The event celebrates Earth Day and takes place at the Northeast lawn of City Hall, near the Water Department, at 420 Broadway. The event begins at 9:00 a.m. Speakers include: Mayor James Sottile, City of Kingston; Evy Larios, Beautification Coordinator, City of Kingston; Joann Dayton, KHS Ecology/Biology Departments; and Rebecca Martin, Chair, Garden Committee, Kingston Land Trust. For more information, contact Rebecca Martin at

Seedlings Turn to Plantlings

Several folks have asked for an update on how the seedlings planted by the Boys and Girls Club and several volunteers of the City Gardens committee at the Kingston Land Trust are doing. Well…they’re doing very well as you can see from the photo. The kids are coming by the offices later today to water. At the rate the plants are growing, we may start another batch of seedlings again, soon.

seedlings— Arthur Zaczkiewicz