The Kingston Land Trust Launches KingstonCityGardens.org, a Citywide Garden Website.

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The Kingston Land Trust launches citywide garden website called KingstonCityGardens.org.  As a partner of the Healthy Kingston for Kids School and Community Garden Committee funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Kingston Land Trust has created an online website that works to create an interactive network of local gardeners, connecting them to resources and knowledge to support garden projects.

 

 

Kingston – The Kingston Land Trust as a partner of the Healthy Kingston for Kids School and Community Garden Committee is pleased to announce the launch of KingstonCityGardens.org – a comprehensive, dynamic citywide garden website that provides resources for School and Community Gardens, Urban Farms and Edible Landscapes.

By highlighting successful garden projects located in the City of Kingston, the site shares information as a local garden ‘toolkit’ by listing garden planning tools, local materials, selected grant options, advocacy, action volunteering opportunities and more.  By using an added element on the website, ‘BuddyPress’, a social media application, citizens can become members of the website and share information on gardening in the area in real time.

“It’s exciting,” says Rebecca Martin, Executive Director of the Kingston Land Trust and one of the creators of the site on behalf of Healthy Kingston for Kids and the School and Community Garden Committee.  “KingstonCityGardens.org takes an inventory of trusted and well-made materials and can aid in helping to tell the stories of those already hard at work to make gardens more accessible.  In this way, volunteers will be able to plug into an existing project, capturing their interest immediately while building capacity on the great gardens already underway.”

 

You can view the site by visiting www.kingstoncitygardens.org

For more information on the website, contact Rebecca Martin, Executive Director of the Kingston Land Trust at 845/877-LAND (5263) or email rebecca@kingstonlandtrust.org

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About Healthy Kingston for Kids School and Community Garden Committee      This committee’s primary objective is to proliferate community and school gardens throughout the city.  Members are working with community members, parents, teachers, and youth to obtain access to resources for the construction and practical use of gardens.  The committee has created a citywide garden coalition to sustain this work, mobilized volunteers to help in launch community gardens, and worked with garden stewards to successfully create community and school gardens. The committee is also working to increase access to healthy food within walkable distance from Kingston neighborhoods. Additionally, the committee is working on initiatives aimed at sustaining community and school gardens for the long term.

About Healthy Kingston for Kids   Cornell Cooperative Extension Ulster County (CCEUC) and several partners are leading an initiative to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic in Kingston, NY through environmental, policy change, and systems change.  We are building a better Kingston for kids to eat, walk, bike, and play!  The project is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation with $360,000 over four years.  Partners include the City of Kingston Parks and Recreation Department, the Kingston City School District, the Kingston Land Trust, the Community Heart Health Coalition, Gilmour Planning, the Rose Women’s Care Service, the YMCA of Kingston, the Mid-Hudson Health and Safety Institute, the Center for Creative Education, and the Ulster County Health, Planning, and Information Services Departments.

About the Kingston Land Trust  The Kingston Land Trust is committed to the protection and preservation of open space, historic sites, wetlands, scenic areas, and forests in the City of Kingston and the surrounding region to include the Town of Ulster and Town of Kingston.

 

Healthy Kingston for Kids School and Garden Committee Hosts Workshop

Those in attendance included: (L-R) Kingston Corridor's Gerald Berke, HKK Garden Committee member Cecilia DeFerrari, Kingston Land Trust Executive Director and co-chair of the HKK Garden Committee Rebecca Martin, HKK Project Coordinator Kristen Wilson, and HKK Assistant Alyssa Thompson.

The Healthy Kingston for Kids School and Community Garden Committee is in the midst of designing a citywide “Kingston City Garden” website that will help to bring together all of the current gardens, opportunities and provide helpful instruction in the city of Kingston. Included will be an interactive social media component called “BuddyPress” where immediate communications can occur on all garden related content.

Instructed by Kingston Digital Coordinator Mark Marshall at the Everett Hodge Center’s computer lab,  the group learned how to apply BuddyPress to a WordPress site that is being developed with plans to launch in February, 2012.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the HKK School and Garden Committee, please contact co-chairs Julie Noble (JulieLNoble@kingston-ny.gov) or Rebecca Martin (kingstonlandtrust@gmail.com)

A very Special thanks to the City of Kingston, the Everett Hodge Community Center and Kingston Cares for their assistance.

Healthy Kingston for Kids School and Community Garden Committee Offers Free BuddyPress Workshop.


On Tuesday, December 6th from 10:00am – 2:00pm the Healthy Kingston for Kids School and Community Garden Committee is offering a free four hour instructional workshop on how to use BuddyPress, an open source social networking software package that can transform a word press website  into a social network platform.

The workshop will take place at the Everett Hodge Center located at 15-21 Franklin Street in Kingston and led by web developer Mark Marshall of the Kingston Digital Corridor. The group will transform an existing word press site “Kingston City Gardens Network” into a dynamic and exciting garden site that will become a resource for the city of Kingston.

There are 25 slots, and only community members who are able to commit to the four hour program are encouraged to sign-up by contacting Rebecca Martin at kingstonlandtrust@gmail.com by November 30th.

Snacks will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring a lap top and a bagged lunch.

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About the HKK Garden Committee – Sponsored by Healthy Kingston for Kids, a project of Cornell Cooperative Extension, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and co-chaired by Rebecca Martin and Julie Noble.  The Healthy Kingston for Kids School and Community Garden Committee is charged with effecting policy and environmental change at the municipal and school level through supporting the installment and use of food gardens within the geographical area of the Kingston City School District.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the HKK Garden Committee, contact: Rebecca Martin (Community Gardens) at kingstonlandtrust@gmail.com or Julie Noble (School Garden) at JulieLNoble@kingston-ny.gov

 

Community Garden Resolution Passed in the City of Kingston

The Kingston Land Trust is a proud partner of the Healthy Kingston for Kids program. In addition, KLT Executive Director Rebecca Martin is co-chair of the Healthy Kingston for Kids Garden Committee alongside City of Kingston’s Environmental Educator Julie Noble. Recently, the committee’s efforts in creating a community garden resolution passed unanimously through Kingston’s nine member Common Council.

This first step is a big one on the sustainability front for gardens in the city of Kingston. Congratulations to all who helped to make this possible.

The HKK Garden Committee is seeking new members. If you are interested in community and school gardens and policy work, please contact Rebecca Martin at kingstonlandtrust@gmail.com

 

 

What is the Healthy Kingston for Kids Garden Commitee?

The Healthy Kingston for Kids School and Community Garden Committee is charged with effecting policy and environmental change at the municipal and school level through supporting the installment and use of food gardens within the geographical area of the Kingston City School District.

 

 

 

 

Kingston Parks and Recreation Department/Healthy Kingston for Kids Park Survey


The Kingston Parks and Recreation Department, part of the Healthy Kingston for Kids Project is asking citizens to take a moment to fill out this important survey. In it, you will help to give a better understanding as to how the parks and recreation facilities are used and for what purposes.

You may also win a gift certificate for taking the survey today. Following this LINK for more.

Healthy Kingston for Kids: Update

By Arthur Zaczkiewicz

The Healthy Kingston for Kids Project, which aims to reverse childhood obesity in Kingston via environmental and policy change is humming along as the four committees – complete streets, after school food environment, safe routes to schools and parks, and school and community gardens – are busy assessing current policies as well as the overall environment. Continue reading Healthy Kingston for Kids: Update