Healthy Kingston for Kids School and Community Garden Committee Offers Free BuddyPress Workshop.

On Tuesday, December 6th from 10:00am – 2:00pm the Healthy Kingston for Kids School and Community Garden Committee is offering a free four hour instructional workshop on how to use BuddyPress, an open source social networking software package that can transform a word press website  into a social network platform.

The workshop will take place at the Everett Hodge Center located at 15-21 Franklin Street in Kingston and led by web developer Mark Marshall of the Kingston Digital Corridor. The group will transform an existing word press site “Kingston City Gardens Network” into a dynamic and exciting garden site that will become a resource for the city of Kingston.

There are 25 slots, and only community members who are able to commit to the four hour program are encouraged to sign-up by contacting Rebecca Martin at by November 30th.

Snacks will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring a lap top and a bagged lunch.


About the HKK Garden Committee – Sponsored by Healthy Kingston for Kids, a project of Cornell Cooperative Extension, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and co-chaired by Rebecca Martin and Julie Noble.  The Healthy Kingston for Kids School and Community Garden Committee is charged with effecting policy and environmental change at the municipal and school level through supporting the installment and use of food gardens within the geographical area of the Kingston City School District.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the HKK Garden Committee, contact: Rebecca Martin (Community Gardens) at or Julie Noble (School Garden) at


The Kingston Land Trust Hosts Holiday Mixer and Annual Benefit Event at the Stockade Tavern in Uptown, Kingston.

The Kingston Land Trust hosts its annual benefit and mixer event at the Stockade Tavern located at 313 Fair Street in uptown Kingston on Sunday, December 4th 2011 from 4:00pm – 7:00pm. Kingston’s urban land trust will update the community on Kingston’s rail trails, urban farming and other exciting initiatives and host special guests Steve Rosenberg of Scenic Hudson and Mark Castiglione of the Hudson River Valley Greenway.

KingstonOn Sunday, December 4th, 2011 the Kingston Land Trust, Kingston’s Urban Trust, will host its annual benefit and holiday mixer at the Stockade Tavern located at 313 Fair Street in uptown Kingston. 

The group boasts an impressive year with grant awards from the National Park Service, Hudson River Valley Greenway, Land Trust Alliance, Park & Trails New York and the City of Kingston’s CDBG, all of which will help to build capacity and bring attention to their projects such as a Rail Trail System with a ‘Midtown Hub’, urban farming and practices, protecting and preserving open space and historic sites and to be a strong partner in helping to devise a park conservancy strategy in Kingston.

Special guest speakers will include Steve Rosenberg, Senior Vice President and Executive Director of Scenic Hudson and the Scenic Hudson Land Trust on ‘Hudson Valley Farms and Agriculture’ and Mark Castiglione, Acting Executive Director of the Hudson River Valley Greenway on ‘Trails, Kingston and the Hudson Valley’.

A $30 donation is recommended and light hors d’oeuvres will be served.

For more information, contact Rebecca Martin, Executive Director of the Kingston Land Trust at 845/877-LAND (5263). To contribute to their year end match challenge, visit or – view our recent NEWSLETTER for the event agenda.

This is the time to show the Kingston Land Trust that you appreciate their efforts and want to help them continue to do this important work. One of our generous benefactors has offered to match each dollar that we raise up to $5,000. That means that the KLT has the potential to earn at least $10,000 that will be added to our annual operating costs. We have until DECEMBER 31st, 2011 to reach this goal and any donation large or small plays an important role. If you cannot be present at our upcoming event but wish to support us with a secure, on line donation to our annual fund and match drive, click on the ‘Just Give’ link.  Contributions are tax-deductible.
From all of us at the Kingston Land Trust, we appreciate your support.



The Dig Kids Retires Gardens in 2011 and Look Ahead to 2012.

Matthew Brownlee


After a successful year of gardening and learning farming practices, The Dig Kids (an Urban Farming Program) held their final work party to close their garden at the Everett Hodge Center on Franklin Street in Kingston.

Later in the afternoon, volunteers joined some of our ‘Dig Kids’ at the City Hall Victory Garden to collect the harvest and close the garden there for the year as well. City Hall staff did a fantastic job maintaining the gardens this season!  With pounds of greens, we all made our way over to the Queens Galley Soup Kitchen to make a food donation to help feed the community.

Plans are underway to expand ‘The Dig Kids” program in 2012 to include the Van Buren Street Park in Midtown.

If you wish to be a volunteer or make a donation to this valuable farming initiative, please contact Rebecca Martin at 845/877-5263 or email

Harvesting the final tomatoes at the Everett Hodge Center.


The garden at the Everett Hodge Center retired in 2011. The youth did a fantastic job.

The City Hall Victory Garden was beautiful this season thanks to the Kingston Clerks Office and other City Hall staff.

Garden Volunteer Lei Isaacs helps to prepare Kale and other greens for delivery to the Queens Galley Soup Kitchen.

"The Dig Kids" close the City Hall Victory Garden. Great work!

Kingston Land Trust Executive Director Rebecca Martin is surrounded here by 'The Dig Kids'. Greens picked and packed to be delivered to the Queens Galley Soup Kitchen.

Galley Community Garden Retires in 2011 and Looks Ahead in 2012.

The Galley Community Garden Retires in 2011 and looks ahead to 2012!

The Galley Community Garden had it’s first full year in 2011. Led by residents in the Uptown Kingston area, the Kingston Land Trust and the Queens Galley were happy to get this new project off the ground.

We are all looking forward to a future collaboration with Creating Healthy Places (to Live, Work and Play) – a grant project secured by Cornell Cooperative Extension in 2012. Together, the partners will continue to work to engage and support new community garden interest in the city of Kingston.

If you wish to join us in this work, please contact Rebecca Martin, Executive Director of the Kingston Land Trust at 845/877-5263 or by email:

Mini-Grant Opportunity for New Gardens in Kingston

The Fall 2011 LSA Mini- Grant: New Gardens! is a mini-grant award that is designed to fund youth led service-learning garden projects in Ulster County. This grant will fund materials for the construction of a new garden at your site and does not provide capital funding to the grantees. Community groups must have youth participants and are encouraged to work with nearby schools and teachers.

Not for Profit Groups in Ulster County are eligible. This includes schools, churches, hospitals, community and neighborhood groups and other organizations who may not have 501c3 IRS exemptions, but whose interests are working with youth to create a healthy supply of food for their community.Community groups which have received LSA funding in the past are not welcome to apply for this round of funding.  Click on the link below for an application.

For more information, contact Julie Noble, Environmental Educator at 845/481-7339.