Kingston City Hall Victory Garden Celebrates its Fourth Year with Square Foot Gardening.

Kingston Land Trust Executive Director Rebecca Martin is surrounded here by 'The Dig Kids' who harvested the Kingston City Hall Victory Garden in 2011. Greens picked and packed were delivered to the Queens Galley Soup Kitchen.

The Kingston City Hall Victory Garden celebrates it’s fourth year in 2012 The Kingston Land Trust in collaboration with the City of Kingston’s Clerks office presents “Square Foot Gardening: Making the most of what you have” with Farmer Jesica Clark on Sunday, April 22nd 1012 at 1:00pm.

Kingston –  The Kingston Land Trust and City of Kingston’s Clerks Office are gearing up to plant the Kingston City Hall Victory Garden in 2012. To celebrate, Farmer Jesica Clark will present “Square Foot Gardening: Making the most of what you have” on Earth Day, Sunday April 22nd, 2012 at 1:00pm.

Square foot gardening is the practice of planning small but intensively planted gardens. The method is particularly well suited for areas with poor soil, beginning gardeners or as adaptive recreation for those with disabilities. Plans are in the works for city hall garden enthusiasts to maintain the garden throughout the 2012 season with the Kingston Land Trust’s support.

If you wish to volunteer or would like further information on the garden or upcoming square foot garden presentation, please contact Rebecca Martin, Executive Director of the Kingston Land Trust at rebecca@kingstonlandtrust.org or call 845/877-LAND (5263).

The Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail Committee Organizes Clean-Up of Kingston Link Trail on April 21st, 2012.

REGISTER NOW FOR THE KINGSTON LINK TRAIL CLEAN-SWEEP EVENT!

The Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail Committee organizes cleanup of the Kingston Link Trail as part of Kingston Clean Sweep presented by the Friends of Historic Kingston and Kingston Parks and Recreation Department on Saturday, April 21st 2012 at 9:00am. Volunteers are asked to meet at the Super 8 Motel Parking Lot located at 487 Washington Avenue in Kingston at 8:30am to sign-in.

Kingston – The Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail Committee with support from Ulster Savings Bank, the Holiday Inn and Super 8 Motel and sponsored by Central Hudson Gas and Electric and P & T Surplus of Kingston will participate in the 3rd annual Kingston Clean-Sweep, an event created by Friends of Historic Kingston and the City of Kingston’s Park and Recreation Department on Saturday, April 21st 2012. Volunteers are asked to arrive at 8:30am for sign-up to begin trail work by 9:00am. Volunteers are invited to help clear the “Kingston Link Trail”, a section of the old O&W rail bed beginning at the Super 8 Motel at 487 Washington Avenue in Uptown Kingston, NY.

Volunteers should come prepared wearing boots (since there are wet areas), gloves, bug and tick guard and long pants and long-sleeved shirts. Participants are encouraged to bring their own shovels, loppers and rakes from home. The work will involve cutting and moving brush and general trash.

“The Kingston Link Rail Trail” is part of the Ontario & Western or (O&W) which was in operation from 1868-1957 and ran from Oswego on Lake Ontario to New York City, with spurs to Utica, Kingston, Port Jervis, and Scranton, PA. The branch to Kingston opened in 1901 and served as a transportation successor to the D&H Canal carrying coal and agricultural products until closing in bankruptcy in 1957 after which the tracks were removed. Sections of the O&W Right of Way especially in Hurley and Marbletown serve an important community recreational purpose. Today, the Kingston Link rail bed in Kingston and Ulster serves as a functional but unofficial ‘rail trail’ that allows a grassy passageway from Uptown Kingston to the Hurley Rail Trail.

Following the clean-up, all are invited to the Holiday Inn which is located near the rail trail entrance at 503 Washington Avenue from 12:30pm – 1:30pm for refreshments and a power point presentation by the Kingston Land Trust’s Rail Trail Committee. Participants are asked to register online by visiting http://www.forsythnaturecenter.org/ If you would like to donate tools, funding, have employees interested in volunteering or for more general information contact Rebecca Martin, Executive Director of the Kingston Land Trust at 845/877-5263 or kingstonlandtrust@gmail.com

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About Kingston Clean Sweep – In its third year, Kingston Clean Sweep is a program by the Friends of Historic Kingston in collaboration with the city of Kingston Parks and Recreation Department. www.fohk.org

About the City of Kingston Parks and Recreation Department – Led by Director Kevin Gilfeather, the Kingston Parks and Recreation Department oversees Kingston’s park system and organizes many programs for residents and tourists that include boating, kayaking, youth, adult and senior programs, environmental education, adult sports and more. www.kingston-ny.gov

About the Kingston Land Trust and the Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail Committee- The Kingston Land Trust is a 501c3 non-profit organization 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. The Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail committee is dedicated to planning, development, utilization, and proper maintenance of rail trails and other non-motorized linkages in the City of Kingston. www.kingstonlandtrust.org

About Ulster Savings Bank – Ulster Savings Bank is a locally owned and operated bank, with locations throughout the Hudson Valley. Every year, Ulster Savings Bank supports hundreds of local organizations throughout our community, close to home.

About Central Hudson Gas and Electric – CH Energy Group has a long-standing tradition of good corporate citizenship and a strong commitment to environmental health and safety. The company and its employees work continually to improve the quality of life in the communities where we do business.

About the Holiday Inn, Kingston – With more than 4,400 properties located in over 100 countries, IHG has some of the best-known hotel brands in the world. From our iconic family hotel, Holiday Inn, to Crowne Plaza, The Place to Meet for business, IHG brands are some of the most respected hotels in the industry.

About Super 8 Motel, Kingston – With over 2,100 locations in the United States and Canada, we make it easy to explore super destinations from coast to coast.

Wolf Pack Troop 103 Visit the Mt. Zion African-American Burial Ground in Kingston

 

Kingston resident Janai McDonough hosted a trip for Wolf Pack Troop 103 to the Mt. Zion African-American Burial Ground in Kingston. We were so pleased to learn of their interest and are happy to share her experience.

“Here are a few pics from my scouts field trip to Mt. Zion on 3/4. We are the Wolf Pack of troop 103 as part of our scout training and development we need to visit a historical site. The city of Kingston offers many such places for us to visit but during recent meetings we had discussed how the Mt Zion cemetary had been rededicated and a few of the boys had learned about it during a school presentation. Since this was fresh in their minds we figured visiting the cemetery would be a great way to actually see in person what we had discussed.

The scouts informed each other about the history of Mt. Zion and were very impressed by the soldiers who fought in the civil war. A few were excited to find they shared first and some last names with men who lived so long ago and they each picked a headstone that called to them and did a rubbing to take home.”



South Pine Street City Farm in the Kingston Times

South Pine Street City Farm secures grant funding for a Greenhouse in Kingston!

 

 

Read all about the South Pine Street City Farm and Urban Farming in Kingston in this weeks Kingston Times!

Congrats to the lovely Jesica Clark, who secured a SARE Grant to create a Greenhouse in Kingston. Kudos to the YMCA for hosting it –

The Kingston Land Trust Launches KingstonCityGardens.org, a Citywide Garden Website.

Click on the image to visit the website.

 

 

To learn more about this and other former Kingston Land Trust garden projects, visit our facebook page at: URBAN AGRICULTURE IN KINGSTON, NY
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The Kingston Land Trust launches citywide garden website called KingstonCityGardens.org.  As a partner of the Healthy Kingston for Kids School and Community Garden Committee funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Kingston Land Trust has created an online website that works to create an interactive network of local gardeners, connecting them to resources and knowledge to support garden projects.

 

 

Kingston – The Kingston Land Trust as a partner of the Healthy Kingston for Kids School and Community Garden Committee is pleased to announce the launch of KingstonCityGardens.org – a comprehensive, dynamic citywide garden website that provides resources for School and Community Gardens, Urban Farms and Edible Landscapes.

By highlighting successful garden projects located in the City of Kingston, the site shares information as a local garden ‘toolkit’ by listing garden planning tools, local materials, selected grant options, advocacy, action volunteering opportunities and more.  By using an added element on the website, ‘BuddyPress’, a social media application, citizens can become members of the website and share information on gardening in the area in real time.

“It’s exciting,” says Rebecca Martin, Executive Director of the Kingston Land Trust and one of the creators of the site on behalf of Healthy Kingston for Kids and the School and Community Garden Committee.  “KingstonCityGardens.org takes an inventory of trusted and well-made materials and can aid in helping to tell the stories of those already hard at work to make gardens more accessible.  In this way, volunteers will be able to plug into an existing project, capturing their interest immediately while building capacity on the great gardens already underway.”

 

You can view the site by visiting www.kingstoncitygardens.org

For more information on the website, contact Rebecca Martin, Executive Director of the Kingston Land Trust at 845/877-LAND (5263) or email rebecca@kingstonlandtrust.org

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About Healthy Kingston for Kids School and Community Garden Committee      This committee’s primary objective is to proliferate community and school gardens throughout the city.  Members are working with community members, parents, teachers, and youth to obtain access to resources for the construction and practical use of gardens.  The committee has created a citywide garden coalition to sustain this work, mobilized volunteers to help in launch community gardens, and worked with garden stewards to successfully create community and school gardens. The committee is also working to increase access to healthy food within walkable distance from Kingston neighborhoods. Additionally, the committee is working on initiatives aimed at sustaining community and school gardens for the long term.

About Healthy Kingston for Kids   Cornell Cooperative Extension Ulster County (CCEUC) and several partners are leading an initiative to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic in Kingston, NY through environmental, policy change, and systems change.  We are building a better Kingston for kids to eat, walk, bike, and play!  The project is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation with $360,000 over four years.  Partners include the City of Kingston Parks and Recreation Department, the Kingston City School District, the Kingston Land Trust, the Community Heart Health Coalition, Gilmour Planning, the Rose Women’s Care Service, the YMCA of Kingston, the Mid-Hudson Health and Safety Institute, the Center for Creative Education, and the Ulster County Health, Planning, and Information Services Departments.

About the Kingston Land Trust  The Kingston Land Trust is 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 Town of Kingston.