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.


¿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

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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.


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.







Day 1 – We Walk United

Join us for this terrific walk through Kingston on New Years Day. Perhaps now more than ever the need for us to relate to each other as humans and not labels or beliefs is clear. This starts by just walking together, talking, exchanging, learning not about what divides us, but rather what unites us.

WHO: People of Kingston
WHAT: Day 1 – We Walk United
WHEN: Sunday, Jan 1, 2017. 1PM – 4PM
WHERE: Dietz Stadium
170 N Front St, Kingston, NY 12401
WHY: What a GREAT way to start the New Year!

In the face of so much that divides us, let us not forget that we are united by the bonds of our common fellowship in the human race. Let’s Walk…

Winnakee-Dutchess Trails Roundtable Meeting

winnakeeJoin us in a discussion about what makes trails sustainable with professional trail builder, Ama Koenigshof. Learn about and share your experiences of what makes a path resist the forces of erosion and misuse and talk about how to mitigate damage on existing trails.

WHO: Winnakee Land Trust
WHAT: Winnakee-Dutchess Trails Roundtable Meeting
WHEN: Thursday, Dec 15, 2016. 4PM – 5:30PM
WHERE: Dutchess County Cornell Cooperative Extension Farm and Home Center 
2715 US-44, Millbrook, NY 12545
WHY: Whether you want to propose a short walking trail to your local school or park, or are already well at work establishing trails, there’s a place for you at the table.

The Winnakee-Dutchess Trails Roundtable brings stakeholders together to foster the development of trails on a local and regional scale through networking, information sharing, and enhancing access to financial resources and technical assistance. Click here for more info.

MADE in Kingston

Come celebrate the 4th annual MADE in Kingston… A shopping event showcasing Kingston’s creative community and their art, sculpture, toys, jewelry, furniture, clothing, home decor and more, accompanied by fabulous local fare, music, and Kingston’s favorite brew, Keegan Ales. All in time for holiday gift giving

WHO: City of Kingston, Midtown Arts District, Arts Mid Hudson, the Business Alliance of Kingston & TRANSART
WHAT: MADE in Kingston
WHEN: Thursday, Dec 8, 2016. 4PM – 8PM
WHY: Shop local and support Kingston this Holidays!

The 15,000 square foot building had been a coat factory, roller rink/bowling alley and an antique restoration business. For more info, click here.

AMERICAN TRAILS WEBINAR: Powerful Partnerships – Lessons Learned on Leveraging Public-Private Funding for Trails

am-trailAmerican Trails presentsPowerful Partnerships: Lessons Learned on Leveraging Public-Private Funding for Trails” on December 8, 2016 as a part of the American Trails “Advancing Trails Webinar Series.”

WHO: American Trails
WHAT: Webinar: Powerful Partnerships…
WHEN: Thursday, Dec 8, 2016. 1PM – 2:30PM EST
WHERE: Online – R
WHY: Learn how the public and private can unite for the good of all trails and it’s FREE!!!

The webinar will cover innovative funding strategies for water and land trails with two case studies of strong public-private partnerships. Speakers are Elizabeth Riggs, Huron River Watershed Council; and Julie Clark, Traverse Area Recreation & Transportation (TART) Trails.

The Snowflake Festival

snowflake-fest-poster Uptown Kingston kicks off the Holiday Season with the Snowflake Festival… A fun, family oriented celebration and tree lighting ceremony.

WHO: Kingston Uptown Business Association
WHAT: The Snowflake Festival
WHEN: Friday, Dec 2nd, 6PM – 8PM
WHY: See Santa arrive on a Fire Truck!

Enjoy a fabulous tree lighting ceremony and then visit Santa with the kids at the Senate House grounds. There will also be an ice sculpture show, LIVE music, bike raffles and tons of shopping and dining. Celebrate with us for some serious Holiday Uptown Fun!