The Kingston Land Trust and Cornell Cooperative Extension Create 4-H Garden on Abeel Street

4-H Leader Training flyer in English and Spanish.

Cornell Cooperative Extension with the support of the Kingston Land Trust and Armadillo Bar and Grill help to create a 4-H Youth Garden in the Rondout, Kingston. Volunteer Leader training offered on Friday, June 10th.

Kingston – Are you interested in sharing your knowledge and talents with youth, making a difference in the community and helping others? With the support of the Kingston Land Trust, Cornell Cooperative Extension’s 4-H Youth Leadership program is working to create a 4-H Youth Garden on Abeel Street at Armadillo Bar and Grill in Kingston. 4-H leader training for this project will be available on Friday, June 10th 2011.

To learn more, please contact Jenny Burkins at 845/340-3990 ext. 331.

The Galley Community Garden Hosts Work Party

The Galley Community Garden hosted a work party this past weekend and built four raised beds for four families! It’s a great location, with much to build upon that could include a small ‘farm’ area for guests of the Galley and residents of the Manor, a composting program off of the back of the Queens Galley kitchen and additional raised beds to accommodate more Uptown families.

We are currently searching for good organic materials to fill the raised beds. If you wish to make a donation of materials or make a tax deductible donation to the garden, please visit this LINK .

For more on the garden project, please read the recent PRESS RELEASE.

Thanks to the Galley Community Garden members, Farmer Jesica Clark, Diane Reeder – and the Kingston Land Trust for much heavy lifting.

The Galley Community Garden Before...

The Galley Garden During....(and after coming soon!)

YMCA Community Garden Closes for Season

By Arthur Zaczkiewicz

Thanks to Ed Blouin of the NYC DEP office here in Kingston for leading and launching the YMCA Community Garden this year with support from the YMCA, the Kingston Land Trust, and the City of Kingston Parks and Recreation Department. Bolstered by volunteers from the DEP as well as several residents, Ed helped nurture a garden that produced a few hundred pounds of tomatoes (including a heirloom variety pictured here), lettuce, herbs, kale and Swiss chard – the bulk of which found its way to area soup kitchens, including the Queen’s Galley.

This past weekend, the garden was put to bed, which included removing vines and seeded crops and then covering the raised bed with mulch supplied by the City of Kingston.

Ed will be the site steward for the garden next year. The garden will continue in 2011 with a children’s garden as well as expand with additional plots for community members. Contact Ed at to learn more. The site is located behind the YMCA on Broadway and is superb in regard to sunlight (no trees!), soil (the raised beds were enriched with horse manure), and water (a water spigot is located on site).

Free Workshop at City Hall Garden


Jesica Pascual, volunteer garden manager of the City Hall Victory Garden, will lead a free workshop to on square foot gardening one Saturday, April 17 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The garden is located on the west side of City Hall, which is located on Broadway across from the Kingston High School.

The workshop is designed for anyone looking to learn square foot, or French intensive gardening, which allows gardeners to grow the maximum amount of vegetables in the minimum amount of space and is perfect for backyard (or front yard!) gardens. Square foot gardening is the method being used this year at the City Hall site as a way to encourage residents to grow their own food.

“Using this method, it is also easy to incorporate beautiful flowers and landscaping elements such as trellising and decorative borders,” Pascual said adding that she will cover the basics in setting up a garden plot, planning out the space and where to get high-quality ingredients for soil as well as seeds and transplants.

At the end of the workshop there will be a short swap and share session where fellow gardeners can swap seeds and share resources – so please bring your extra or leftover seeds.

For more information, contact the Kingston Land Trust at

Attention Gardeners: Free Workshops from CCEUC

Cornell Cooperative Extension Ulster County’s free “Learning in the Garden” workshop series is set to begin this month. Here are the detail:

Learn how to improve your gardening skills in a real garden classroom! Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County’s (CCEUC) Master Gardener Program is very pleased to announce a new workshop series which is set to begin in April 2010. Continue reading Attention Gardeners: Free Workshops from CCEUC

The Wilbur Community Garden prepares for 2010

The residents on and around Wilbur Avenue have a lot to look forward to in 2010.

As you know by following these posts, Ward 9 resident Kate Lawson rallied some of her neighbors in the spring of 2009 to turn what was an empty small corner lot into a beautiful community garden. Continue reading The Wilbur Community Garden prepares for 2010

Kingston's Gardens now on Google maps…

Want to keep track of the gardens in the city of Kingston? Now you can!

Visit the  KINGSTON COMMUNITY GARDEN google map today.

If you would like your home, school or municipal garden project added and you are living in the city of Kingston, please contact me at


Rebecca Martin

721 Rooftop Garden in the Kingston Times this week


There is a nice article on the front page of The Kingston Times detailing the rooftop garden at 721 Media. Go Farmer Frank and crew!

Read it HERE. While you’re at it, consider picking up a subscription to our local papers. We need to support them to assure that they continue to prosper (or to simply remain).

June Update: GW Montessori/Elementary School Gardens

GW Montessori/Elementary School in Ward 4

GW Montessori/Elementary School in Ward 4

I drove past the GW Montessori/Elementary School today to see what their garden crew has been up to. I was pleased to find many (and perhaps up to a dozen) large garden areas (approx. 20 x 20 plots a piece) for the community and school. Continue reading June Update: GW Montessori/Elementary School Gardens

June Update: Darmstadt Children’s Tepee Garden

Stopped by the Darmstadt Tepee Garden today to check up on the bean gardens. They are doing terrific. Here is a photo. We are thinning them out and encouraging them to grow up at the moment. Can’t wait for the kids to see their efforts manifest into food. Continue reading June Update: Darmstadt Children’s Tepee Garden