Kingston Gardens in May

It’s an exciting time of year with garden projects just getting underway.   This year the Kingston Land Trust is proud to share the progress of several we’ve been working on in particular.

 

The Dig Kids – An Urban Farming Program

What’s new this season with the Dig Kids?  An added neighborhood ‘community’ garden that’s what!  Last year, five youth were successful in planting out and maintaining the Everette Hodge Children’s garden on Franklin Street.  Under the guidance of first generation organic farmer Jesica Clark, we have been able to successfully get the community to think of gardening as more of a lifestyle then a hobby.

 

The Everette Hodge Children's Garden in 2012 after it being planted out by the Dig Kids - a program of the Kingston Land Trust. Strawberries in the middle from last season were already harvested this spring.

 

We were fortunate enough to work out the details and to partner with the city of Kingston’s Park and Recreation Department to add three new raised beds to our program that existed, abandoned at the Van Buren Street Playground in Midtown. With the help of our partners at Croswell Enterprises  the youth have had the opportunity to use the highest quality soil for growing healthy vegetables.  Over the past two weeks, the existing soil was removed and replaced with the most artfully crafted and locally made compost.  With a few helpful hands, a fence was placed around the gardens to keep the critters out – and the youth did its first planting of vegetables and flowers.

Our Dig Kids have been joined by over a dozen neighborhood children all wanting to participate.  With the help of our newly added program coordinator Valerie Linet, Kingston Cares and the KLT, we are adding new programming on site that includes seedling plantings, cleaning of the playground equipment and even a new flower garden to accommodate our little friends.  Stop by when you have some time and offer to volunteer if you’d like.  The Dig Kids are there on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s in the afternoon.

 

The Van Buren Street Playground Raised Bed garden planted by the Dig Kids, a program of the Kingston Land Trust.

 

The Galley Community Garden

Last season, the Kingston Land Trust with the help of the Queens Galley worked to transform a small garden plot on their front lawn (that had been expertly gardened originally by Billiam van Roestenberg with a Learn and Serve Grant award) into four raised beds. With local family interest, the new project got underway.

 

The Galley Community Garden adopted by Mudita Yoga Studios this season.

 

Now in it’s second year, the Mudita Yoga Studio has adopted the beds to offer plots to their community – growing food for the Queens Galley and their families. It’s a great garden project with exciting new partnerships that include Creating Healthy Places and Cornell Cooperative Extension.

 

Partnerships are key.

 

To find out more on gardens in Kingston, visit KINGSTONCITYGARDENS.ORG

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