The Galley Community Garden Hosts Work Party

The Galley Community Garden hosted a work party this past weekend and built four raised beds for four families! It’s a great location, with much to build upon that could include a small ‘farm’ area for guests of the Galley and residents of the Manor, a composting program off of the back of the Queens Galley kitchen and additional raised beds to accommodate more Uptown families.

We are currently searching for good organic materials to fill the raised beds. If you wish to make a donation of materials or make a tax deductible donation to the garden, please visit this LINK .

For more on the garden project, please read the recent PRESS RELEASE.

Thanks to the Galley Community Garden members, Farmer Jesica Clark, Diane Reeder – and the Kingston Land Trust for much heavy lifting.

The Galley Community Garden Before...

The Galley Garden During....(and after coming soon!)

A Statement of Reconciliation from the Old Dutch Church in Kingston, NY

 

This is historic.

Adopted by the Elders and Deacons of the Old Dutch Church, and written by Rev. Kenneth L. Walsh, Dominie/Pastor.

Rev. Walsh will read this at the Mt. Zion African-American Burial Ground Rededication event on Sunday, June 5th 2011 at 3:00pm.

“As we gather and celebrate the rededication of the Mt. Zion Cemetery, we, the Consistory and Congregation of the First Protestant Reformed Dutch Church of Kingston, known as “Old Dutch Church”, acknowledge with deep regret our history of dehumanizing racism that allowed for the enslavement and subsequent segregation of our sisters and brothers of African descent…”

 

Kingston Land Trust Land Preservation Approach

In our last discussion, we mentioned the history of the Kingston Land Trust’s Yeomans St. parcel that has significance for the Newark Lime & Cement Co. tunnel quarry entrance on site and has additional potential for a community garden on a portion of the site.

In this discussion, we will explore the open space and historic site preservation practices and techniques of the Kingston Land Trust. Continue reading Kingston Land Trust Land Preservation Approach

“The Dig Kids” Profiled in the Kingston Times this week

The Dig Kids – an Urban Farming Program was in the papers this week!

Dan Barton of the Kingston Times did a profile of each of the “Jr. Gardeners”, introducing the youth to our community at large.

To print and read the article from Thursday, May 19th 2011 click on this

May192011 Kingston Times The Dig Kids

“The Dig Kids” an Urban Farming Program gets underway…

Today was a very special day at the Kingston Land Trust, as one of our Urban Farming Programs “The Dig Kids” got underway this afternoon.

“The Dig Kids” went through an application process where we chose five youth looking for summer employment and who have an interest in farming. With a grant through the Columbia Foundation and a donation by Family of Woodstock and Kingston Cares, five ‘Garden Mentors’ are paid a weekly stipend to create gardens and to learn farming practices at the Everett Hodge Community Center – an important ‘hub’ of activity for youth in Midtown Kingston. Continue reading “The Dig Kids” an Urban Farming Program gets underway…

UPDATE: the Kingston Land Trust Yeomans Street Parcel ‘Clean Sweep” on April 30th

Cleaning up the KLT Yeomans Parcel. Pictured in the background is KLT Vice Chair and Chair of the KLT Land use, Mgmt, Planning Committee and volunteer and county planner Jennifer Schwartz Berky.

Below is a note from Kevin McEvoy, Chair of the Kingston Land Trust Land Use, Management and Planning (LUMP) Committee and the Vice Chair of the KLT who reports on one of our spectacular parcels on Yeomans Street in historic Ponckhockie in Kingston.

We welcome any inquiries on properties that require easements, donations or otherwise. Please contact Kevin directly if you have land that you wish to protect in the city or town of Kingston and town of Ulster by writing kevin@kingstonlandtrust.org

Rebecca Martin
Executive Director
The Kingston Land Trust Continue reading UPDATE: the Kingston Land Trust Yeomans Street Parcel ‘Clean Sweep” on April 30th

UPDATE: The Kingston Point Rail Trail Clean Sweep Event on April 30th, 2011

Below is an update from the Chair of the Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail Committee Gregg Swanzey.

Enjoy the pictures!

Rebecca Martin
Executive Director
The Kingston Land Trust

 

Dear friends,

A heartfelt thanks for your contributions in making the Kingston Clean Sweep a great success. We cleared a stretch of the newly dubbed Kingston Point Rail Trail-to-be from behind Rondout Savings Bank down to the entrance to the Livingston Street tunnel. Lots of great work! We hope people weren’t too sore the next day! It was a lovely day to spend taking action for our city and to begin transforming a mile and a half long stretch of unused railbed into a greenway and multi-use trail that will someday connect Midtown to the Waterfront. Continue reading UPDATE: The Kingston Point Rail Trail Clean Sweep Event on April 30th, 2011

Yeomans Street Parcel gets a “Clean Sweep” in 2011

A historic quarry tunnel and teepees awaiting peas and beans next weekend.

In recent times, the Kingston Land Trust took on a small property on Yeomans Street in historic Ponckhockie in Kingston. Little did we know then, that this tiny sliver had a sealed tunnel entrance to an old historic quarry. We hope to someday make this important part of Kingston’s history available to the public in some way in the future.

With the support of the Kingston Land Trust Board Directors and volunteers, we were able to scale the hills and clear a large amount of debris. Everything from bed frames to tires was cleared from the property and enough garbage and yard waste removed to be able to get close to the bottom of the historic tunnel. Continue reading Yeomans Street Parcel gets a “Clean Sweep” in 2011

Kingston Point Rail Trail gets a “Clean Sweep” in 2011

The Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail Committee Chair Gregg Swanzey with Ward 9 Alderman Hayes Clement.

The Kingston Land Trust was pleased to participate in the second annual “City Wide Clean Sweep” on Saturday, April 30th, 2011 organized by the Friends of Historic Kingston and the city of Kingston’s Park and Recreation Department.

Over 30 volunteers joined members of the Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail Committee to help clear the rail bed of the proposed “Kingston Point Rail Trail”,  the lower portion of the Ulster and Delaware Line that runs from Midtown Kingston to the Rondout Creek just behind the Trolley Museum of New York. With an attractive 3% grade, the proposed “Rail Trail” would allow an easy urban pathway for walkers, runners, strollers and residents with handicaps alike to meander through an approximately 1.5  mile trail connecting to the Rondout Creek and the city of Kingston’s recent walkway along the creek accomplishment. Continue reading Kingston Point Rail Trail gets a “Clean Sweep” in 2011

The Kingston Land Trust Welcomes its Newest Board Member Lee Anne Albritton.

The Kingston Land Trust Welcomes its Newest Board Member Lee Anne Albritton. Ms. Albritton brings over a decade of community organization and programming experience and expertise to the Trust’s efforts.

Kingston, NY –   The Kingston Land Trust is proud to announce the addition of Lee Anne Albritton to their Board of Directors. Lee Anne lives in the city of Kingston with her partner and editor of Chronogram magazine Brian Mahoney.  She spent 14 years developing childcare and family programming for the YMCA helping to create “Healthy Kids” that brought gardens into the New Paltz school curriculum and changed some menu offerings towards healthier school nutrition.  Her other credits include the involvement at the YMCA Southern Ulster Branch, Ulster County Action Network’s youth program coalition, New Paltz youth commission and the Ellenville/Wawarsing youth commission.  She spent time volunteering for the Queens Galley Operation Frontline and currently proof reads and works doing web content management for the Chronogram/Luminary publication. Lee Anne also works to create youth programming for the Kingston YMCA Children’s Garden with garden steward Ed Blouin, where they plan to expand the community garden plots this season with the support of the Creating Healthy Places grant recently secured by Cornell Cooperative Extension where the Kingston Land Trust is a partner. Continue reading The Kingston Land Trust Welcomes its Newest Board Member Lee Anne Albritton.