The Kingston Land Trust’s Yoga in the Park! Program Ends Labor Day Weekend.

The Kingston Land Trust’s free “Yoga in the Park” program had a great year promoting weekly yoga in two of the city of Kingston’s parks in 2012. The program will conclude on Labor Day weekend.

Residents and visitors enjoyed yoga in Cornell Park with Shakti Yoga Studios and in Academy Green Park with Mudita Yoga Studios from Spring to late Summer. Both began their successful series weekly on Memorial Day weekend.

Shawn Harrison of Mudita Yoga Studio, now in their second year as a partner with the Kingston Land Trust, reported “We definitely experienced growth this year with the weekly offering instead of monthly,” said Harrison.

Residents can enjoy the Kingston Land Trust’s free “Yoga in the Park” in its final weekend on Saturday, September 1st at Academy Green Park at 4:00pm. There will NOT BE YOGA IN CORNELL PARK ON SUNDAY AT IT’S 10:30am TIME. Downtown participants are encouraged to join Mudita this weekend in Academy Green Park on Saturday instead.

The Kingston Land Trust thanks all of its partners and wishes the Kingston community a healthy fall season.

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About the Kingston Land Trust – An urban trust, the Kingston Land Trust is a 501c3 non-profit organization committed to theprotection and preservation of open space, historic sites, wetlands, scenic areas, and forests in the City of Kingston and thesurrounding region to include the Town of Ulster and the Town of Kingston. www.kingstonlandtrust.org

About Mudita Yoga Center – Mudita Yoga Center is dedicated to yoga, wellness and community. Translated from Sanskrit, Mudita describes a state of joyfulness, with is exactly what Mudita Yoga strives to cultivate through yoga, meditation, tai chi and a variety of workshops and discussion groups. Mudita has a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere and classes that are accessible to everyone regardless of flexibility or level of fitness. Following a year of intense training in India, Shawn Harrison of Mudita immersed herself in a yogic lifestyle – living, working, teaching and studying at Ananda Ashram in Monroe, NY for four years. Her classes encourage peace and ease in the body and mind by focusing on the breath and relaxing into each posture, creating space to tune in to our natural rhythm www.muditayogacenter.com

About Shakti Yoga Studios – Shakti Yoga Studios helps students increase their flexibility, strength, alignment and confidence through an intelligent, dynamic and safe yoga discipline. Founder Linda Lalita Winnick has created an insightful approach to theyoga practice drawing from her 25 years experience as a student and teacher. A rich knowledge of yogic philosophy, anatomy, and physiology, and intensive ayurvedic background adds a deeper dimension shared during classes at Shakti Yoga of Woodstock, Saugerties, and Kingston.www.shaktiyogawoodstock.com

About MAC Fitness – A top rated award-winning facility with fully certified professional training staff to custom design fitness programs built entirely around their clients lifestyle. Two state of the art facilities are located on 9W and the Kingston Plaza inKingston, NY.www.macfitness.net

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

 

The Dig Kids – an Urban Farming Program Annual BBQ Celebration a Big Success.

The Dig Kids celebrate at the Van Buren Street Playground, a City of Kingston Park.

The Dig Kids – an Urban Farming Program created by the Kingston Land Trust in partnership with Kingston Cares (a program of Family of Woodstock), the South Pine Street City Farm, the City of Kingston Parks and Recreation Department and sponsored by Croswell Enterprises – hosted their annual BBQ at the Van Buren Street Playground, a city of Kingston Park this afternoon. Over 100 people came to celebrate our Dig Kids and to enjoy a BBQ supplied by the Church Communities.

Special thanks to the Church Communities, Jesica Clark and the South Pine Street City Farm, Megan Weiss of Kingston Cares (a program of Family of Woodstock), Valerie Linet, Meghan Casey and all of our hard working Dig Kids Garden Mentors and Jr. Gardeners.

The Dig Kids – an Urban Farming Program in 2012 was made possible in part by the City of Kingston Community Development Block Grant and through public donations.

The Van Buren Street Playground Food and Flower Gardens in full bloom.

Hip hop dancing!

Sharing moves.

Making T-Shirts for the Dig Kids as souvenirs. Thank you Jesica!

Farmer Jesica Clark.

The Dig Kids – an Urban Farming Program in 2012.

Dig Kid Deon Edmond gives guests a tour that included Ward 4 Alderman Shirley Whitlock.

Some guests took home gifts! Red Beets from the Van Buren Street Playground gardens.

 

The Dig Kids Celebrate End of Season BBQ Celebration in 2012

The Dig Kids in 2012.

The Dig Kids, an Urban Farming Program created by the Kingston Land Trust, host a BBQ in Midtown to celebrate their garden successes in 2012 on Thursday, August 23rd. Citizens are invited to meet at the Everett Hodge Center at 4:30pm for a garden walk to the Van Buren Street Playground where they can enjoy the new garden with hamburgers, hot dogs, homemade pesto pasta and programming by the 2012 Dig Kids.

Kingston – The Dig Kids, an Urban Farming Program created by the Kingston Land Trust in partnership with Kingston Cares (a program of Family of Woodstock), The South Pine Street City Farm and with support from the Kingston Parks and Recreation Department, City of Kingston and sponsored by Croswell Enterprises, inc. invites all to celebrate their garden successes in 2012.

Since May, eight Kingston youth between the ages of 14 – 19 have been provided an educational stipend to work weekly and grow vegetables under the stewardship of Farmer Jesica Clark, a first generation organic farmer and Valerie Linet both formerly from Phillies Bridge Farm. Through the Dig Kids program, the teenagers have transformed the front of the community center at the Everett Hodge Center with a vegetable garden – and new to the program this year, the Van Buren Street Playground garden, a city of Kingston Park, 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, August 23td at 4:30pm for a garden walk to the Van Buren Street Playground on Van Buren Street for hamburgers and hot dogs and other festivities.

Donations for ‘The Dig Kids’ program for 2013 are currently being accepted. Please contact Rebecca Martin at the Kingston Land Trust at 845/750-7295 for more information on the event, or how you might be a future donor or sponsor.

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About “The Dig Kids: An Urban Farming Program” for Youth Created by the Kingston Land Trust in 2011 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, the farm grows produce destined for the city’s various tables. Striving to provide absolutely delicious vegetables and fruits grown minutes from their destination, the SPSCF uses responsible and regenerative growing practices. In support of the The Queens Galley, some of the 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 Kingston Cares Kingston Cares is a community collaborative sponsored by Family of Woodstock, Inc. and funded by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration through a Drug Free Communities grant. For more information, visit: LINK

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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