The Kingston Land Trust Announces New Executive Director and “Gather” Event on March 27.

Kingston Land Trust’s new Executive Director Julia Farr at the Rondout Creek promenade, a segment of the flagship project, the Kingston Greenline, that is being developed in partnership with the City of Kingston.

KINGSTON, NY  – The board of directors of the Kingston Land Trust (KLT) announces the appointment of an executive director, Julia Farr. With a background in urban design, landscape architecture and environmental planning, Julia’s skills and vision will bolster the ability of the organization to carry out its goals and serve the Kingston community. Her appointment furthers the non-profit organization’s commitment to protecting, connecting and activating open space, and will enhance the KLT’s ability to engage community support from the residents of Kingston and surrounding areas.

“Julia has already developed strong relationships with community leaders,” says Andi Turco-Levin, Chairperson of the KLT Board of Directors, “and we look forward to building fruitful partnerships around the land that we own and manage.”

Julia is committed to involving Kingston residents in the process of managing, programming and acquiring land for public use. She plans to build upon the network of open spaces that the Land Trust currently manages, as well as establish new spaces that can serve as a welcoming commons for Kingston’s diverse community. She is setting out especially to engage residents who don’t own or have access to private land. One approach will be to support repurposing vacant properties for community use in marginalized neighborhoods. Another will be to build upon the model of the KLT’s land matching project, the South Pine Street City Farm, to connect private landowners with land stewards.

Click on image to view the “Gather” Facebook event.

“From my previous position at the Local Economies Project, as well as my participation in the efforts of organizations like Live Well Kingston, the Kingston YMCA Farm Project and the Center for Creative Education, I have garnered a deep sense of the needs of our community,” says Julia. “I see great potential in our collaborative efforts to create a healthier and more inclusive city. I’m immensely proud to lead the Kingston Land Trust and excited to work with our board to move forward our initiatives in land and community stewardship.”

On March 27th, the Kingston Land Trust will be hosting a Gather event from 6 pm to 8 pm at Tony’s Pizzeria, to introduce the new Executive Director and offer an opportunity to meet the board, including those who have been recently appointed as officers: Chairperson, Andi Turco-Levin, Vice Chairperson Sarah Brainard, Treasurer Ian Keir and Secretary Debra Bresnan. Community members are invited to attend this public event to find out how to get involved, whether it’s through taking a bike ride on the Kingston Greenline, or through donating, volunteering, interning, partnering or serving on the board of directors.

For more information, contact Julia Farr, Executive Director at 845/877-LAND (5263) or write julia@kingstonlandtrust.org

To learn more about the Kingston Land Trust, please visit www.KingstonLandTrust.org.

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About the Kingston Land Trust (KLT):

The Kingston Land Trust is a 501c3 non-profit organization that is committed to protecting, connecting and activating open spaces for environmental and community benefit in and around the City of Kingston. The KLT’s flagship project, the Kingston Greenline, that is being developed in partnership with the City of Kingston, is a pathway of urban trails, complete streets and linear parks that will offer residents and visitors an alternative walking and bike route to access cultural, commercial and natural destinations.

About Julia Farr:

Julia has a background in urban open space design, having worked with Greenstreets, a program of the Department of Parks and Recreation in New York City, and at the São Paulo Housing Authority’s urban design office. She studied environmental planning and management at the University of Chile, is certified in permaculture design and attended Binghamton University for her BA in environmental studies, with a focus on sustainable development. She holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from the City College of New York. Julia resides in Kingston.