GARDEN WORDS: South Pine Street City Farm

Trish and Joel in front of the stand with yellow crookneck and white pattypan squash.

Trish and Joel in front of the stand with yellow crookneck and white pattypan squash.

A little friendly reminder… The South Pine Street City Farm Stand has been selling fresh, naturally grown herbs and vegetables (using organic soil and seeds with no pesticides) to Kingston residents and visitors for the past 5 years. Located at 27 S. Pine St in Kingston (map it), the stand’s hours are 3PM – 7PM on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (now through Thanksgiving)

Farmers Trish Hawkins and Joel Zenie would like to share with you this heartfelt poem, titled Garden Words by Anne Lamott:

“The garden is one of two great metaphors for humanity. The garden is about life and beauty and the impermanence of all living things. The garden is about feeding your children and providing food for the tribe. It’s part of an urgent territorial drive that we can probably trace back to animals storing food. It’s a competing display mechanism, like having a prize bull, this greed for the best tomatoes and English tea roses. It’s about winning. About providing society with superior things, and about proving that you have taste and good values and you work hard. And what a wonderful relief every so often to know who the enemy is – because in the garden the enemy is everything: the aphids, the weather, time. And so you pour yourself into it, care so much, and see up close so much birth and growth and beauty and danger and triumph – and then everything dies anyway, right? But you just keep doing it.”

Now, enjoy this mini photo tour of what’s growing at the South Pine Street City Farm!

Farmer Trish and the Cosmos

farmer Trish enjoys strolling in the Cosmos and Queen Anne’s Lace.

Did you know cucumbers are the 4th most widely cultivated "vegetable" in the world

Did you know cucumbers are the 4th most widely cultivated “vegetable” in the world

Tomatoes... An extra table holds the overflow.

An extra table holds the overflow of tomatoes.

 

Garlic... Say no more!!!

Garlic… Say no more!!!

Cabbages...

Cabbages…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joel and Barbara Stempke with turnips and kale.

Joel and Barbara Stempke with turnips and kale.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trish Hawkins and Joel Zenie are close companions. Trish is a former actress and longtime member of the Circle Rep Theater company in NYC. Joel used to work at the Kingston Library. He volunteered at South Pine Street City Farm three years ago when Kaycee Wimbish was the farmer. Then he spent a summer learning from and working for Oleh Maczaj at Rusty Plough Farm near Ellenville. Two years ago, Trish noticed that the South Pine Street City Farm looked a bit abandoned, so she called Jess Clark, who had founded the farm, to inquire. Jess contacted the Kingston Land Trust and it so happened  there was an opening for farmers! Trish and Joel met with Diane Davenport, who most kindly donates both the land and the water. Diane agreed to Trish and Joel becoming the farmers. This is Trish and Joel’s second year at South Pine. They are very grateful and feel blessed to be able to grow vegetables for the community and keep learning about the art of farming.

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