The Kingston Land Trust Launches “The Dig Kids” – An Urban Farming Program for Youth in the city of Kingston

The Kingston Land Trust launches “The Dig Kids” – An Urban Farming Program for Youth in the city of Kingston.

Three youth will be selected through an application process to be paid throughout the summer to ‘farm’ the garden at the Everett Hodge Center.

Kingston“The Dig Kids” – An Urban Farming Program for Youth will launch this year in the city of Kingston.   Created by the Kingston Land Trust with a grant from  the Columbia Foundation, ‘The Dig Kids” is charged in working with Kingston youth to grow food, learn farming practices, encourage entrepreneurship, beautification, pride and good health through hands on farming experiences.  Throughout the five month program (May-September), three youth will be paid a stipend  to work 10 hours a month after school at their garden site at the Everett Hodge Center on Franklin Street in Kingston.  Youth must be 14 – 19 to participate, although each selected ‘Dig Kid’ will enlist a youth 13 or younger to ‘mentor’ throughout program.  In addition to growing vegetables and tending the gardens, “The Dig Kids” will learn culinary skills, visit farms and sell some of their crops to the community under the stewardship of Farmer Clark who also tends the South Pine Street City Farm in the city of Kingston.

An informational presentation will be held at the Everett Hodge Center, 15-21 Franklin Street in Kingston, NY on Friday, April 1st 2011 at 6:00pm. Applications will be available at that time. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information on this and other programs created by the Kingston Land Trust, contact Rebecca Martin, Executive Director at 845/877-5263 or email rebecca@kingstonlandtrust.org     www.kingstonlandtrust.org

About the Kingston Land Trust: The Kingston Land Trust is an urban trust committed to the protection and preservation of open space, historic sites, wetlands, scenic areas and forests in the City of Kingston and the surrounding region to include the Town of Ulster and the Town of Kingston.

About the Columbia Foundation:   The Columbia Foundation’s broad philanthropic purpose responds to changing social conditions. Long-standing interests in world peace, human rights, the environment, cross-cultural and international understanding, the quality of urban life, and the arts have evolved to reflect current conditions and opportunities.

The Kingston Land Trust is Awarded Organic Seeds to Share with Kingston Garden Projects.

The Kingston Land Trust is awarded organic seeds from High Mowing Organic Seeds out of Vermont to share within the community.

Kingston – The Kingston Land Trust was selected to receive 50 packages of organic seed from High Mowing Organic Seeds of Vermont to share throughout the city of Kingston’s community, home and school gardens in 2011.
“I would like for our community to be collectively thinking more about the seeds they choose to plant in their gardens”, says Rebecca Martin, Executive Director of the Kingston Land Trust. “High Mowing Organic Seeds points out that the importance of organic seed is often overshadowed by the importance of organic food, and I think that that is absolutely true”.
The gifted seeds range from food to flowers, and Martin encourages all interested garden stewards to be in touch to receive up to five packages on a first come, first serve basis.
For more, contact Rebecca Martin at 845/877-5263 or rebecca@kingstonlandtrust.org  To find a garden project near you, visit the Kingston Land Trust’s website at www.kingstonlandtrust.org The Kingston City Garden google map can be located by visiting their ‘Useful Link’ tab at the top of the page.
For more information on High Mowing Organic Seeds, visit: www.highmowingseeds.com