Father’s Day Greenline Weekend Wander – 6/18

The Weekend Wander continues on Father’s Day! This is our second walk of the season. Explore the Greenline third Sundays from 10am-noon from May – October.

View facebook our event here.

Grab your father, family and friends to join us this Sunday, June 18th. Our meeting place will be at Kingston Point Park. We will be at the parking lot near the dog park. Kingston Greenline Committee Co-Chair Tim Weidemann will be leading the tour.

The route this Sunday – We will walk from Kingston Point Park to the Hudson Landing site, along North Street (past Smorgasburg). This route is being considered for the Empire State Trail as it makes it way through Kingston! Learn more about that on our walk.

After the walk it is a short way to the Smorgasburg at Hutton Brickyards.

The Kingston Greenline is an initiative of the The Kingston Land Trust in partnership with the City of Kingston and Ulster County. Check here for development status: https://kingston-ny.gov/kingstononthemove.

 

For more information contact Kingston Land Trust Executive Director Julia Farr at julia@kingstonlandtrust.org or call 845-877-5263.

View our event on Facebook.

Monday 6/19, Comida y tierra (Spanish Conversation)

¿Hablas español?
Join us for our third “Comida y tierra” conversation!
6pm – 7:30pm at La Hacienda
680 Broadway, Kingston

As a gesture of our appreciation, we are providing free meals to the native Spanish speakers who help us facilitate the conversation. Support us in this effort by contributing here!

View facebook event here.

All levels are welcome and activities will be level-appropriate. The support of a diverse group of native speakers will be on hand who can help to keep the conversation rolling.

Comida y tierra is a facilitated conversation series in Spanish hosted by the Kingston Land Trust in collaboration with the Kingston YMCA Farm Project, at Latin restaurants along Broadway. This immersive experience brings together native Spanish speakers and those who are learning and want to practice Spanish over a meal (not included) to build community and awareness about the issues that affect our city.

For more information and to RSVP, contact Kingston Land Trust Executive Director Julia Farr at julia@kingstonlandtrust.org or call 845-877-5263.

VIEW our event on Facebook.

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¿Hablas español?

Entonces únete a nosotros para nuestra tercera conversación “Comida y tierra”

Lunes, 19 de Junio, 6pm-7:30pm en La Hacienda
680 Broadway, Kingston

Como un gesto de nuestro agradecimiento, estamos ofreciendo comidas gratuitas a los hablantes nativos de español que nos ayudan a facilitar la conversación. Apóyanos en este esfuerzo– contribuye aquí!

Todos los niveles son bienvenidos, y las actividades van a ser apropiadas para todo nivel. El apoyo de un grupo diverso de hablantes nativos estará a la mano para ayudar a mantener la conversación en marcha.

Comida y tierra es una serie de conversación facilitada en español organizada por el Kingston Land Trust en colaboración con el Kingston YMCA Farm Project, en restaurantes latinos a lo largo de Broadway. Esta experiencia inmersiva reune a hablantes nativos de español y aquellos que están aprendiendo y quieren practicar español durante una comida (no incluida) para crear comunidad y conciencia sobre los asuntos que afectan nuestra ciudad.

Para más información y para RSVP, comunícate con la directora ejecutiva de Kingston Land Trust, Julia Farr, en julia@kingstonlandtrust.org o llame al 845-877-5263.

5/31: S. Pine Street Farm’s vegetable stand is opening for the season!

Celebrate with us May 31, from 3pm to 7pm.

Light refreshments will be served at 5pm.
27 South Pine Street, Kingston (off Greenkill Ave, across from Binnewater Ice Company)
The stand will be open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 3pm to 7pm. Come on by for freshly picked vegetables at affordable prices (pay what you can).
A note from Farmers Trish and Joel:
You are cordially invited to South Pine Street City Farm. We hope you take some time to stop by for fresh produce, a walk through the garden, and a chat with local farmers. We won’t have many vegetables yet, but there will be refreshments and perhaps some song!
Questions? Call the farm at 845-532-0011.

The South Pine Street City Farm, founded in 2010, is the Kingston Land Trust‘s first land matching project, whereby the Kingston Land Trust facilitates a relationship between a private landowner and a land steward. Binnewater Ice Company has graciously made their land available to the Kingston Land Trust to host the South Pine Street City Farm, which is currently run by farmers Trish Hawkins and Joel Zenie, who are entering their third season at the farm.

Support community programming at the farm and beyond by contributing here to the Kingston Land Trust.

Click here to view The Daily Freeman’s slideshow of the farm!

Tuesday, 5/16 Comida y tierra

¿Hablas español?
Join us for our second “Comida y tierra” conversation!

May 16th 6pm – 7pm at Just for You
375 Broadway in Kingston, NY

As a gesture of our appreciation, we are providing free meals to the native Spanish speakers who help us facilitate the conversation. Support us in this effort by contributing here!

6pm-7pm: Facilitated conversation in Spanish over a meal (not included). COMPLETE IMMERSION: Use of English (translation, phones or dictionaries) is strongly discouraged. 

7pm-8pm:  An unstructured chat in whichever language each table of participants chooses, as they enjoy their food.

All levels are welcome and activities will be level-appropriate. The support of a diverse group of native speakers will be on hand who can help to keep the conversation rolling. 

Comida y tierra is a facilitated conversation series in Spanish hosted by the Kingston Land Trust in collaboration with the Kingston YMCA Farm Project, at Latin restaurants along Broadway. This immersive experience brings together native Spanish speakers and those who are learning and want to practice Spanish over a meal (not included) to build community and awareness about the issues that affect our city.

For more information and to RSVP,  contact Kingston Land Trust Executive Director Julia Farr at julia@kingstonlandtrust.org or call 845-877-5263.

VIEW our event on Facebook.

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¿Hablas español?

Entonces únete a nosotros para nuestra segunda conversación “Comida y tierra”

Martes, 16 de Mayo, 6pm-7pm en Just for You

375 Broadway in Kingston, NY

Como un gesto de nuestro agradecimiento, estamos ofreciendo comidas gratuitas a los hablantes nativos de español que nos ayudan a facilitar la conversación. Apóyanos en este esfuerzo: ¡contribuye aquí!

6pm-7pm: Conversación facilitada en español durante una comida (no incluida). INMERSIÓN COMPLETA: ¡Imagina que estás viajando en América Latina! El uso del inglés (traducción, teléfonos o diccionarios) es fuertemente desalentado.

7pm-8pm: Charla no estructurada en cualquier idioma que cada mesa elija mientras disfrutamos de nuestra comida. 

Todos los niveles son bienvenidos, y las actividades van a ser apropiadas para todo nivel. El apoyo de un grupo diverso de hablantes nativos estará a la mano para ayudar a mantener la conversación en marcha.

Comida y tierra es una serie de conversación facilitada en español organizada por el Kingston Land Trust en colaboración con el Kingston YMCA Farm Project, en restaurantes latinos a lo largo de Broadway. Esta experiencia inmersiva reune a hablantes nativos de español y aquellos que están aprendiendo y quieren practicar español durante una comida (no incluida) para crear comunidad y conciencia sobre los asuntos que afectan nuestra ciudad.

Para más información y para RSVP, comunícate con la directora ejecutiva de Kingston Land Trust, Julia Farr, en julia@kingstonlandtrust.org o llame al 845-877-5263.

4/30 Work Day at South Pine Street Farm

Come on out for a workday at the farm, the Kingston Land Trust’s first land matching project. Farmers Trish and Joel will welcome volunteers to help prep the farm for the season. Check back for more details.

Sunday, April 30th 2-5pm
27 S Pine St, Kingston, NY 12401

4/19: Premiere of “Comida y tierra”, a Spanish Conversation Series on Food and Land

 

The Kingston Land Trust is pleased to announce its “Comida y tierra” program, an exciting collaboration with the Kingston YMCA Farm Project.  Our organizations will be hosting facilitated conversations in Spanish around land and food issues. Each session will take place once a month at one of the seven Latin restaurants along the Broadway corridor. This immersive experience will bring together native Spanish speakers and those who are learning and want to practice Spanish over a meal (not included). Our goal is to build community and awareness about the issues that affect our city in order for us all to be included and more active in developing Kingston in an environmentally responsible and socially equitable way.

Our first conversation will be held on Wednesday, April 19th from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Pupusería Mi Ranchito located at 614 Broadway in Kingston, NY.  Our next conversation will take place on Tuesday, May 16th at Just For You, from 6-7pm.  For more information and to RSVP, please contact Kingston Land Trust Executive Director Julia Farr at julia@kingstonlandtrust.org or call 845-877-5263

VIEW our event on Facebook.

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Jessica Carolina, Waitress at Pupusería Mi Ranchito

El Kingston Land Trust (Fideicomiso de Tierras de Kingston) se complace en anunciar su programa “Comida y tierra”, una emocionante colaboración con el Kingston YMCA Farm Project. Nuestras organizaciones estarán organizando conversaciones facilitadas en español sobre temas de comida y tierra. Cada sesión se realizará una vez al mes en uno de los siete restaurantes latinos a lo largo del corredor de Broadway. Esta experiencia de inmersión en español reunirá a hablantes nativos de español y aquellos que están aprendiendo o quieren practicar su español durante una comida (no incluída). La meta es crear comunidad y conciencia sobre los temas que nos afectan para que todos seamos incluidos y más activos en desarrollar Kingston en una manera que es socialmente y ecológicamente responsable y equitativa.

Nuestra primera conversación se llevará a cabo el miércoles, 19 de abril de 6pm a 7pm en Pupusería Mi Ranchito, ubicado en 614 Broadway en Kingston, NY. Se añadirán fechas y ubicaciones adicionales. Para más información y para RSVP, por favor contacte a la directora ejecutiva del Kingston Land Trust, Julia Farr, en julia@kingstonlandtrust.org o llame al 845-877-5263

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.

2/23 Broadway Streetscape Public Meeting

Join Kingston Mayor Steve Noble as he unveils the preliminary designs for the Broadway Streetscape Project. This project will reconstruct Broadway from St. James St. to Grand St. It will improve safety and traffic flow for motorists, pedestrians, transit users and bicyclists and aims to revitalize the corridor.

WHO: City of Kingston and Mayor Steve Noble
WHAT: Broadway Streetscape Public Meeting
WHEN: Thurs, 2/23/1710am-12pm or 6pm-8pm
The sessions will contain the same presentations

WHERE: Kingston City Hall:
420 Broadway

WHY: Gain insight and ask questions about the Broadway Streetscape Project!

Everyone in attendance will have the opportunity to review the preliminary designs and address any questions or concerns directly to the project representatives. Click here for more info!

The Broadway Streetscape Project is a segment of the Kingston Greenline, a special project of The Kingston Land Trust in partnership with the City of Kingston.

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Ashokan Rail Trail Meeting Recap

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Ashokan Rail Trail, first proposed in 2012 by Ulster County Executive Mike Hein, getting closer and closer to construction. When completed in 2018, it will provide 11.5 miles of a world-class public recreational trail bordering the northern edge of the Ashokan Reservoir. While motorized vehicles will not be permitted, the trail will offer access for hikers, bikers, walkers and runners, nature enthusiasts, skiers, and snowshoe devotees. It will also provide outdoor opportunities for persons with limited mobility or other disabilities.

Ulster County executive Mike Hein. Photo courtesy of the Ulster County Executive’s Office.

To share current developments with community residents, the Ulster County Planning Department held a public information meeting on December 1, 2016 at Onteora High School in Boiceville. Chris White, deputy director commissioner of the department shared a timetable for the project:

  • Preliminary engineering design and environmental review began in June, 2016.
  • Construction is scheduled to begin in late 2017.
  • Grand opening anticipated in 2018.

Those who attended the meeting were overwhelmingly in favor of the project for many reasons. It will provide a variety of healthy outdoor activities close to home. In turn, the community at large will be healthier. It will enable everyone to enjoy the natural beauty of the area. And it will be a boost to the local economy, since it’s expected to attract an additional 140,000 visitors to the area each year.

Ulster & Delaware railroad tracks looking toward the Ashokan Reservoir from the Route 28A overpass at Boiceville, NY. Photo by Tony Adamis

The Ashokan Reservoir supplies drinking water to New York City and is strictly controlled by its Department of Environmental Protection. However, the trail will follow the former Ulster & Delaware railroad corridor that runs around the northern perimeter of the reservoir.

A packed house! About 344 people attended the Public Information Meeting on the Ashokan Rail Trail project on 12/1/16. Photo courtesy of Friends of the Catskill Mountain Rail Trail.

Some attendees at the Onteora meeting were concerned about dismantling the railroad bed, but it has not been used for train service in forty years. White explained that the trail is being developed with the understanding that it could also be returned to a railroad bed if the need arose in the future.

The project is budgeted at $8.5 million dollars, funded from the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the state DEC, and money from FEMA. It covers surfacing the trail with crushed stone, improving drainage and regarding the former rail bed. There will be signage, fencing, and other amenities as well as three new trailheads along the route. Boiceville trestle and Butternut Creek culvert will also be replaced.

Proponents of this project have worked tirelessly since Mike Hein first proposed it. With county residents behind it and the funding in place, it’s been five years in the planning.

And it’s almost here! We’ll keep you updated on future progress, but to get the info straight from the source, visit catskillmountainrailtrail.org, or follow @FriendsOfTheCatskillMountainRailTrail on Facebook.

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Having a great time at our final 2016 Gather at The Beverly!

MARCH – IT’S TIME TO GATHER!

This year, we’re holding four Gathers – March, May, August and November – and they’re always a great time! Date, time and place are still being firmed up for our first KLT Gather of 2017 so we’ll follow up with details soon. We hope you’ll come on out and have some fun with us!

Gathers are held at local restaurants/bars and are open to the public. They’re a great way to find out more about what we do. We’re grateful for any donations that come to us at these social gatherings… We call them friend-raisers because you’ll meet some really great new people, reconnect with friends, and get to know Kingston’s community leaders.

If you own a venue, and you’d like to host a Gather, we’d love to hear from you. We attract a really nice crowd of people of all ages. People order from your regular menu and Gathers are a wonderful way to expand your clientele in exchange for the generosity of offering your space and a contribution (normally 10% of your bar register).

Kingston Mayor Steve Noble with Andi Turco-Levin (KLT Board Chair) and Kevin McEvoy (KLT Board member)

Tim Weidemann (KLT advisor) and Kristen Wilson (KLT Board member)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WE APPRECIATE OUR DONORS

In December, we held our annual Donor Appreciation event at the beautiful Shadow Lawn in High Falls, and it was, once again, a very special way to celebrate the end of another year. These festive social occasions allow us to deepen our relationships with people who are already supportive of our work and to thank them for their generosity. Over the past couple of years, these events have attracted three new Board members and numerous volunteers who have joined our committees. At our invitation-only event this year, a new KLT supporter contributed an in-kind donation of office space and conference room facilities for a year.

David Cavallero has been a Board member for two years and is active on the KLT Events Committee. He and his partner, Dan Giessinger, own Shadow Lawn, which is normally reserved for weddings and special occasions – so they know how to throw a great party! “It’s a really fun evening, and especially enjoyable to share it with so many people with shared values,” says Cavallero. “This year, we made a decision to forego having a formal presentation like we did in 2015 and instead, set up tables around the room with materials about the work of the Kingston Land Trust so people could browse at their leisure. It was much more social and festive – and the food was awesome. We also held it at an earlier time so everyone could accept invitations to other holiday parties that evening.”

Volunteers helping to keep the trail clean and beautiful.

Clean Sweep… A great group of volunteers getting the job done.

CONTRIBUTIONS ACCEPTED, ANYTIME

As a small non-profit organization, we especially appreciate contributions for general operating support. Nearly all of our grants are dedicated to restricted uses, and we also need to raise matching funds for some funding sources, so please keep us in mind when you’re making your decisions about organizations to support.

2017 is already shaping up to be a very exciting, fast-moving year for us. This time of year, we’re planning and strategizing but it will be spring before long and that means trail clean up and tilling the soil at South Pine Street Farm. We anticipate another banner year of delicious crops, and hope to host a summer event there so you can have a taste and take a look.

We hope you’ll become a friend of the Kingston Land Trust and make a donation today. It’s easy and you can send a one-time contribution or commit to a recurring monthly donation.

You can be a Protector ($25), a Connector ($50), an Activator ($100), a Sustainer ($250) or contribute any other amount. And, if you are interested in becoming a Corporate Sponsor, we’d be happy to discuss the how you can contribute to our work in exchange for publicity as one of our corporate supporters.

Thank you for all you do to support the Kingston Land Trust. We look forward to seeing you in March at our first Gather of 2017!

Debra Bresnan joined the KLT Board of Directors in April 2014, and is active on the Fundraising Committee. She’s a self-employed writer and editor who loves listening to live music, taking photographs, walking along the Rondout Promenade, gardening and traveling when she’s not fascinated by her computer screen.