Kingston City Hall Victory Garden Square Foot Garden Presentation Educational For All Ages.

City Farmer Jesica Clark works the soil while the children look on.

 

The Kingston City Hall Victory Garden presented by the Kingston Land Trust and City of Kingston Clerks office offered its annual Square Foot Garden presentation on Saturday, April 28th with City Farmer and Founder of the South Pine Street City Farm Jesica Clark.

Originally set to occur on Earth Day, April 22nd – the event was moved to its rain date due to poor weather.

A group of City Hall employees, children and residents came together to help turn the soil and add new plants that included herbs, lettuces and collards this season. The garden, in it’s fourth year, will be stewarded by City Hall employees. Their harvest will be donated to a local soup kitchen.

The garden was launched on Earth Day in 2009 and serves as an educational garden and token project to show the city of Kingston’s support of gardens citywide.

Director of Community Development Jennifer Fuentes and her son Ezra and friend help to plant out the Garden.

KLT Executive Director Rebecca Martin holds larva that was found deep in the soil with son Charlie Grenadier and friend Nathaniel Berky.

Nancy Gallo, Mayor Shayne Gallo's mother, in attendance. That's City of Kingston Clerk Carly Williams daughter (far right) providing helping hands!

The children are fascinated with the garden.

POTENTIAL RAIN DATE: Square Gardening Presentation at City Hall May Be Postponed.

The Kingston City Hall Victory Garden Square Foot Gardening Presentation plans potential rain date.  Rain is expected tomorrow and the  Kingston Land Trust is organizing a potential rain date for their Square Foot Gardening program hosted by the Kingston Land Trust, City of Kingston Clerks office and led by Farmer Jesica Clark of the South Pine Street City Farm that is scheduled for tomorrow, Earth Day (April 22nd) at 1:00pm.

For a light to medium rain, the program will continue as planned and guests are asked to bring umbrellas. A tent for cover will be provided.  If the rain fall is heavy, a rain date of SATRUDAY, APRIL 28th 2012 at 1:00pm is planned. To learn whether the event will be postponed or not, please visit www.kingstonlandtrust.org after 11:00am on 4/22/12.

If you wish to volunteer or would like further information on the garden or upcoming square foot garden presentation, please contact Rebecca Martin, Executive Director of the Kingston Land Trust at kingstonlandtrust@gmail.com or call 845/877-LAND (5263) or 845/750-7295.

Kingston City Hall Victory Garden Celebrates its Fourth Year with Square Foot Gardening.

Kingston Land Trust Executive Director Rebecca Martin is surrounded here by 'The Dig Kids' who harvested the Kingston City Hall Victory Garden in 2011. Greens picked and packed were delivered to the Queens Galley Soup Kitchen.

The Kingston City Hall Victory Garden celebrates it’s fourth year in 2012 The Kingston Land Trust in collaboration with the City of Kingston’s Clerks office presents “Square Foot Gardening: Making the most of what you have” with Farmer Jesica Clark on Sunday, April 22nd 1012 at 1:00pm.

Kingston –  The Kingston Land Trust and City of Kingston’s Clerks Office are gearing up to plant the Kingston City Hall Victory Garden in 2012. To celebrate, Farmer Jesica Clark will present “Square Foot Gardening: Making the most of what you have” on Earth Day, Sunday April 22nd, 2012 at 1:00pm.

Square foot gardening is the practice of planning small but intensively planted gardens. The method is particularly well suited for areas with poor soil, beginning gardeners or as adaptive recreation for those with disabilities. Plans are in the works for city hall garden enthusiasts to maintain the garden throughout the 2012 season with the Kingston Land Trust’s support.

If you wish to volunteer or would like further information on the garden or upcoming square foot garden presentation, please contact Rebecca Martin, Executive Director of the Kingston Land Trust at rebecca@kingstonlandtrust.org or call 845/877-LAND (5263).

FALL UPDATE: 2010 City Hall Victory Garden Season

The Kingston Land Trust is pleased to have been a partner for a second year  at the organic vegetable garden located on the grounds of Kingston’s City Hall.  Thanks to City Hall Garden Manager (and Farmer) Jesica Clark and the many volunteers who did a terrific job this season.

As always, a very special thanks to Mayor James Sottile, the City of Kingston’s Clerks office and the janitorial staff who helped to make 2010 a success.  We look forward to our continued collaboration in 2011 and beyond.

Below is a brief note from Jesica to share the year’s harvest news. Join her on November 6th when she will plant Garlic and retire the garden for the 2010 season.

Warm Regards,

Rebecca Martin
Executive Director
The Kingston Land Trust

“The Kingston city hall garden thrived this year with mixed crops grown in a square foot garden plan. The big successes were the sugar snap peas, lettuce and mesclun mixes, and tomatoes which provided us with great yields throughout the season. Overall, approximately 50 pounds of produce were donated to the Queen’s Galley from the 8’ x 8’ space. The trellis on the north end of the garden help peas and cucumbers grow vertically and increased the garden’s productivity. Garden manager Jesica Clark and volunteer Renee Vaughn had a fun time maintaining the space with the help of several other harvest volunteers in the fall. The garden was also host to a couple of workshops on how to plan and plant a square foot garden.

Next year the garden will again be planted square foot style, but with different crops highlighted, including medicinal herbs and flowers. Mrs. Clark also hopes to grow garlic from “seed cloves” which are actually cloves from large, well formed heads of garlic. The garlic cloves are planted in the fall to ensure proper growth the next year. We will be a small garlic planting and info session at the garden on Saturday, November 6th at 3pm”.


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 Kingstonlandtrust@yahoo.com.

June Update: City Hall Victory Garden

The Kingston High School students finished planting the Victory Garden at City Hall last week. Everything is coming up nicely – though we could certainly use a little more sunshine for the Corn! The beans are catching up (even though they were planted only two weeks ago. Corn went in five weeks ago!) Continue reading June Update: City Hall Victory Garden

KHS Students 'Planting-Out' Squash and Corn at City Hall

Joann Dayton’s Ecology students had a great ‘planting-out’ session last Friday at noontime where they continued the process of sowing seeds for the City Hall Victory Garden. The corn is now in completely, as is our pumpkin squash.  Beans will be put in this Friday.   Continue reading KHS Students 'Planting-Out' Squash and Corn at City Hall

WEEK ONE: "Planting-Out" Corn at City Hall Victory Garden

Here are some photos of the planting out of corn at the City Hall Victory Garden this past Friday, May 14. Thank you all for helping out and especially to Allyson Levy of Hortus Conclusus who helped the students and volunteers have a successful first planting!

Allyson Levy of Hortus Conclusus

Allyson Levy of Hortus Conclusus

Chalking Up

Chalking Up

Hands in the dirt!

Hands in the dirt!

Using the Rain Barrel

Using the Rain Barrel

Watering the crops

Watering the crops

Kingston High School Newspaper Reports on Victory Garden at City Hall

A student journalist from the Kingston High School sent us her story printed in their school publication. Thanks Emily:

Emily Mance, Victory Garden

April 22nd. Earth Day. Second period. The majority of the students at KHS are sitting in Algebra or Spanish or Global. Some, though, are across the street at City Hall, celebrating the Kingston Victory Garden, learning how it came to be and what they can do to help. Continue reading Kingston High School Newspaper Reports on Victory Garden at City Hall

Groundbreaking Speech

Here is the text version of a speech by Rebecca Martin, chair of the garden committee, given during the April 22, 2009 Victory Garden at City Hall ceremony:

Good morning and thank you for joining us to share this historic moment on a most appropriate day – Earth Day, April 22nd 2009, for the groundbreaking of Kingston City Hall’s Victory Garden.

Almost three years ago, community gardens in the City of Kingston became a mission of a group of citizens living in the active Ward 9 district. Through their research and hard work, a path was forged and an idea set in motion that would help to create a higher quality of life for those living here through the work of community gardens. Continue reading Groundbreaking Speech