The Dig Kids Host Garden Walk and BBQ in Midtown Kingston

Picking fresh corn from the South Pine Street City Farm for the grill. Can't beat that.

By Rebecca Martin

The Dig Kids – an Urban Farming Program created by the Kingston Land Trust with a grant from the Columbia Foundation and a donation from Family of Woodstock celebrated its successful garden season with a garden walk through Midtown and BBQ at the South Pine Street City Farm this afternoon.  75 people attended the event and enjoyed local hamburgers and hotdogs from Kingston’s own Fleishers Grass Fed and Organic Meats (at least a dozen people made a point to tell me that they had never tasted such good burgers and dogs). The Church Community cooked for us all – and after, the Mid Hudson Youth Chorale performed for our guests at the farm.

The Kingston Land Trust wishes to expand ‘The Dig Kids’ program in 2012 – and we are searching for donors and sponsors. If you are interested, please contact me at: Rebecca Martin  845/877-LAND (5263) or 845/750-7295.

Special Thanks: Jesica Clark and the South Pine Street City Farm, the Queens Galley, Binnewater Ice, Fleisher’s Grass Fed Meats, Kingston Cares, the Everett Hodge Center, the Church Community, Mark Foley and Volunteer Music, Mathew Camara and the Hudson Valley Youth Chorale Julie and Steve Noble, Adams Fairacre Farm and our biggest thanks to the Kingston Land Trust’s Dig Kids this year. You have made a big impact in our community!

Parents and Children line up to participate in the garden walk through Midtown.

Led by Farmer Jesica Clark, who created the South Pine Street City Farm on South Pine Street in Midtown, Kingston.

Final stretch! Participants crossing Greenkill Avenue on their way to the South Pine Street City Farm.

The children begin to arrive to the farm for a game of tag!

Everyone enjoyed Fleisher's Grass Fed meats cooked to perfection by the Church Communities.

The children gathered to make a wish and release their balloons.

There they go...

We were entertained by the Mid Hudson Youth Chorale.

The audience was captivated. It was a great event for all!

The Dig Kids Host BBQ to Celebrate Success in Midtown Kingston

The Dig Kids, an Urban Farming Program created by the Kingston Land Trust, host a BBQ in Midtown to celebrate their garden successes in 2011 on Thursday, July 28th. Citizens are invited to meet at the Everett Hodge Center at 5:00pm for a garden walk to the South Pine Street City Farm where they will enjoy Fleisher’s grass fed and organic meats hamburgers and hot dogs and a performance by the Hudson Valley Youth Chorale.

Kingston – The Dig Kids, an Urban Farming Program created by the Kingston Land Trust with a grant from the Columbia Foundation and donation by Family of Woodstock invites Kingston Citizens to celebrate their success.

Since May, five Kingston youth between the ages of 15 – 19 have been paid to work weekly and grow vegetables under the stewardship of Farmer Jesica Clark, a first generation organic farmer. Through the Dig Kids program, the teenagers have transformed the front of the community center while learning valuable farming skills that include garden visioning, soil construction, companion planting, harvesting and preparing or donating their vegetables.

Kingston citizens are invited to meet the Dig Kids at the Everett Hodge Center 15-21 Franklin Street on Thursday, July 28th at 5:00pm for a balloon garden walk to the South Pine Street City Farm on South Pine Street for Fleisher’s grass-fed and organic meats hamburgers and hot dogs.  The Hudson Valley Youth Chorale led by Executive Artistic Director Mathew Camara will perform.

Donations for ‘The Dig Kids’ program for 2012 are currently being accepted. Please contact Rebecca Martin, Executive Director of the Kingston Land Trust at 845/877-5263 or email rebecca@kingstonlandtrust.org for more information on the event, or how you might be a future donor or sponsors.

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About “The Dig Kids: An Urban Farming Program” for Youth Created by the Kingston Land Trust with a grant from  the Columbia Foundation and a donation by Family of Woodstock, ‘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.

About the South Pine Street City Farm The South Pine Street City Farm is an urban farm located in the Hudson Valley’s Kingston, NY.  On a 1/4 acre lot, we grow produce destined for our city’s various tables.  We strive to provide  absolutely delicious vegetables and fruits grown minutes from their destination using responsible and regenerative growing practices.  As part of The Queens Galley, all proceeds help fund the organization’s mission to provide awareness, education, relief and prevention of food insecurity in America.  With our Partners The Kingston Land Trust and Binnewater Ice Co. we are building a community that values open, green and productive spaces.

About Fleishers Grass Fed and Organic Meats Fleisher’s Meats carries premium products from local farmers who have raised their animals on a primarily grass-based diet or organically-raised. These animals live natural stress-free lives and are not treated with antibiotics, hormones or fed animal-by-products and therefore produce healthy, great-tasting meat, milk and eggs. We consider ourselves partners with farmers who share our standards and practices.

About the Hudson Valley Youth Chorale The Hudson Valley Youth Chorale has delighted audiences since 1995 with its engaging musical presentations and sparkling musicality. The chorus captures the hearts of their audience with their pure love of singing. The singers, 3rd through 8th grade boys and girls, are drawn from throughout New York’s Hudson Valley. Their repertoire spans an array of musical styles: classical (both secular and sacred songs) multicultural folk music, popular song, spirituals, gospel and jazz.  HVYC performances are often highlighted with choreography.

 

The Dig Kids Harvest Spinach for the Queens Galley Soup Kitchen

The Dig Kids with Farmer Jesica Clark with some of their spinach harvest.

The Dig Kids recently harvested a mound of spinach from their garden at the Everett Hodge Center in Kingston, NY. They all enjoyed eating a bunch, too. Several of our youth as it turned out had never had spinach before!

After, the Dig Kids decided together to donate the remaining crop to The Queens Galley to help feed those in our community in need of a hand at this time.

Nice going Dig Kids!

Organic spinach is delicious.

...and pretty easy to harvest.

There's lots to do.

...and many mouths to feed. But ours first!

There's nothing better than fresh greens from the garden that your grew yourself!

The Dig Kids Celebrate in July

The garden created by 'The Dig Kids' this season at the Everett Hodge Center on Franklin Street in Kingston.

What a season it’s been for our Dig Kids. They have done a fantastic job gardening the front of the Everett Hodge Center on Franklin Street in Kingston – and they are getting ready to celebrate.

Mark your calendars for THURSDAY, JULY 28th from 5:00pm – 7:00pm when the community is invited to meet us at the Everett Hodge Center for a Garden Walk’ with 100 helium “Dig Kid” balloons through Midtown Kingston to the South Pine Street City Farm for a BBQ. Fleisher’s Grass Fed and Organic meats have donated hot dogs and hamburgers for everyone and we will be joined by the Hudson Valley Youth Chorale to sample the talents of more of our youth in Kingston.

Be on the look out for the press release – and please join us for gardens, food, fun and community.

Food and Sunflowers. The Dig Kids have done a terrific job with their steward Farmer Jesica Clark.

 

 

Kingston Artist Temre Stanchfield Raffles Painting for the Kingston Land Trust Natural Playscape Committee

Kingston artist Temre Stanchfield Raffles Painting for the Kingston Land Trust.

 

Proceeds will help to support a natural playscape at the George Washington Elementary School, a public Montessori School for grades Pre-K – 5th Grade.

 

 

Kingston, NYKingston artist Temre Stanchfield has generously donated a painting called “Poolside” as a raffle event to help support the Kingston Land Trust’s Natural Playscape Committee. The committee is currently partnering with the George Washington Elementary School, a public Montessori school in Kingston, NY and one of only 200 in the US and Canada combined, to create a natural playscape outside the Children’s House classrooms.

A natural playscape is an outdoor play environment featuring natural elements like logs, boulders, trees, plants, and water that encourage active play, and at the same challenge children to investigate the physical world around them.  This new natural landscape will replace the existing blacktop desert with an inviting lush courtyard that will also be used by students as an outdoor classroom. Design of the landscape will be accomplished with input from teachers, students, interested neighbors and professional designers.

Raffle tickets are available at $5.00 each or six for $25.00. The drawing will be held on Saturday, July 30th. Online ticket sales are available until Friday, July 29th.

For more information, visit www.thestorefrontgallery.com or contact Rebecca Martin, Executive Director of the Kingston Land Trust at 845/877-5263.

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About the Kingston Land Trust Natural Playscape Committee –  The KLT Natural Playscape Committee is charged with creating natural playscapes in Kingston City Schools. A natural playscape is an outdoor play environment featuring natural elements like logs, boulders, trees, plants, and water that encourage active play, and at the same time challenge children to investigate the physical world around them.

About Tamre Stanchfield – Temre Stanchfield’s paintings are made with visceral textures and color combinations, all put forth by her undeniable, expressionistic brush. Stanchfield works from photographs of everyday life. Revisiting sites and events through painting these images, the works often ponder discrepancies between the inherent and the man made. Stanchfield grew up in a remote fishing village in Alaska and spent much of her early adulthood in a variety of places including Seattle, Tucson, and Japan. She now lives and works in New York’s, Hudson Valley, where the unique local landscape inspires her work.