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

NOW OPEN: South Pine Street City Farm Stand

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The South Pine Street City Farm Stand, now in its fifth year, sells fresh, naturally grown herbs and vegetables (using organic soil and seeds with no pesticides) to Kingston residents and visitors with the help of farmers Joel Zenie and Trish Hawkins. Located at 27 S. Pine St in Kingston (map it), the stand’s hours are 3PM – 7PM on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (now through Thanksgiving).

The Farm, founded by Jessica Clark and Rebecca Martin is in cooperation with the Kingston Land Trust on land donated by Diane Davenport of the Binnewater Ice Company. The Farm is a member of Eat Well Kingston, a working group of Live Well Kingston, sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County. “It’s a little pocket of farm in the middle of Kingston” says Hawkins. This year’s crop will include various lettuces, kale, collards, tomatoes, cucumbers, peas, mustard greens, radishes, strawberries, sage, parsley and rosemary. Theodore Griese, the newest member of the team, will also be growing fresh flowers, perfect for your all your summer centerpieces.

Stop by for some goodies and you’ll be pining for more of the South Pine Street City Farm Stand again in no time. Open 3PM – 7PM on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (now through Thanksgiving).

For more info, visit the South Pine Street City Farm site and like them on Facebook.

Your farmers, Joel Zenie and Trish Hawkins

Your farmers, Joel Zenie and Trish Hawkins.

Cabbage, babies now but growing

Cabbage, babies now but growing.

Happy shoppers with picked to order lettuce and strawberries

Happy shoppers with fresh-picked items.

Trish Hawkins in the strawberry patch

Trish Hawkins in the strawberry patch.

Jess Brooks, manager of Duo Pantry, shops for the store

Jess Brooks, Duo Pantry manager.

Joel and Trish with a customer

Joel and Trish busy with a customer.

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No breaks for Joel.

More customers (and a pooch) line up to shop

More customers line up to shop.

Meet our President… Andi Turco-Levin

Andi Turco-Levin

If you don’t know and love Kingston luminary Andi Turco-Levin then you must be living under a rock. Andi is an award-winning Ulster county realtor, a local radio personality and a former alderman. She’s also a vintage car enthusiast, a dog agility competitor (with her prize-winning Westies named Lily, Spencer, Kirby and Cricket) and the President of the Kingston Land Trust’s Board of Directors. She’s pretty much amazing at everything she does and we’re lucky to have her at the helm of KLT. We recently had a chance to ask Andi about her and her work with the Kingston Land Trust.

Look for Andi on the dance floor on April 15th, 2016 in “Dancing with the Stars: Ulster Style” benefiting The United Way. Get your tix NOW!

How did you initially get involved with the Kingston Land Trust?
Back in 2010 when I was serving as 1st Ward Alderman in Kingston I met Gregg Swanzey who was talking about the conversion of the old Kingston Trolley line into a walking path as well as the development of the other abandoned railroad lines that ran through the City of Kingston. I had invited him to speak at one of my Ward meetings to share his vision about the concept so the residents knew this could be a great asset for them. I had recently been on tour with my husband (bassist Tony Levin) where we had visited San Antonio, TX with its River Walk that ran through the city. It was lovely and I could envision something like that for Kingston. I got involved with The Rail Trail Committee which is actually a project of the Kingston Land Trust. The work that the KLT was doing interested me as they were beginning to talk about urban agriculture/farming and preservation of the green spaces that exist in our urban environment. After leaving the Common Council I had mentioned to Rebecca Martin who was then the Executive Director for the KLT that I would love to be involved in their efforts. I attended a few meetings then joined the Board of Directors in 2012. I became Chairperson in January of 2014. I never realized how unique and complex the work can be but it has been an amazing journey so far and I have worked with so many talented and amazing people.

Continue reading Meet our President… Andi Turco-Levin

Come Celebrate and Support the South Pine Street City Farm in Kingston, NY

You are cordially invited to

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join the South Pine Street City Farm (Kingston’s own urban micro farm) in the celebration of a successful second season.

On Sunday, September 23rd 2012 at 1:00pm there will be a tour of the farm and its progress over the past two years. An elegant luncheon will follow at 2:00pm at Elephant Wine Bar on 310 Wall Street in Uptown Kingston of Pulled Pork Bocadillos, assorted farm fresh salads, cheese, wine and beer. Rebecca Martin and Larry Grenadier will perform in honor of the occasion.

Tickets are $45 and checks should be made out to The Kingston Land Trust with “South Pine Street City Farm” in the memo.

Contact Jesica Clark (jesicaclark21@gmail.com) or Rebecca Martin (kingstonlandtrust@gmail.com) for more information.

The South Pine Street City Farm is made possible by its partners: The Kingston Land Trust, the Queens Galley and Binnewater Ice Company.

Special thanks to Rich Reeve and Maya Karrol at Elephant Wine Bar, Rebecca Martin and Larry Grenadier.

The Dig Kids Celebrate End of Season BBQ Celebration in 2012

The Dig Kids in 2012.

The Dig Kids, an Urban Farming Program created by the Kingston Land Trust, host a BBQ in Midtown to celebrate their garden successes in 2012 on Thursday, August 23rd. Citizens are invited to meet at the Everett Hodge Center at 4:30pm for a garden walk to the Van Buren Street Playground where they can enjoy the new garden with hamburgers, hot dogs, homemade pesto pasta and programming by the 2012 Dig Kids.

Kingston – The Dig Kids, an Urban Farming Program created by the Kingston Land Trust in partnership with Kingston Cares (a program of Family of Woodstock), The South Pine Street City Farm and with support from the Kingston Parks and Recreation Department, City of Kingston and sponsored by Croswell Enterprises, inc. invites all to celebrate their garden successes in 2012.

Since May, eight Kingston youth between the ages of 14 – 19 have been provided an educational stipend to work weekly and grow vegetables under the stewardship of Farmer Jesica Clark, a first generation organic farmer and Valerie Linet both formerly from Phillies Bridge Farm. Through the Dig Kids program, the teenagers have transformed the front of the community center at the Everett Hodge Center with a vegetable garden – and new to the program this year, the Van Buren Street Playground garden, a city of Kingston Park, while learning valuable farming skills that include garden visioning, soil construction, companion planting, harvesting and preparing or donating their vegetables.

Kingston citizens are invited to meet the Dig Kids at the Everett Hodge Center 15-21 Franklin Street on Thursday, August 23td at 4:30pm for a garden walk to the Van Buren Street Playground on Van Buren Street for hamburgers and hot dogs and other festivities.

Donations for ‘The Dig Kids’ program for 2013 are currently being accepted. Please contact Rebecca Martin at the Kingston Land Trust at 845/750-7295 for more information on the event, or how you might be a future donor or sponsor.

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About “The Dig Kids: An Urban Farming Program” for Youth Created by the Kingston Land Trust in 2011 with a grant from the Columbia Foundation and a donation by Family of Woodstock, ‘The Dig Kids” is charged in working with Kingston youth to grow food, learn farming practices, encourage entrepreneurship, beautification, pride and good health through hands on farming experiences.

About the South Pine Street City Farm The South Pine Street City Farm is an urban farm located in the Hudson Valley’s Kingston, NY. On a 1/4 acre lot, the farm grows produce destined for the city’s various tables. Striving to provide absolutely delicious vegetables and fruits grown minutes from their destination, the SPSCF uses responsible and regenerative growing practices. In support of the The Queens Galley, some of the proceeds help fund the organization’s mission to provide awareness, education, relief and prevention of food insecurity in America. With our Partners The Kingston Land Trust and Binnewater Ice Co. we are building a community that values open, green and productive spaces.

About Kingston Cares Kingston Cares is a community collaborative sponsored by Family of Woodstock, Inc. and funded by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration through a Drug Free Communities grant. For more information, visit: LINK

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About the City of Kingston Parks and Recreation Department Led by Director Kevin Gilfeather, the Kingston Parks and Recreation Department oversees Kingston’s park system and organizes many programs for residents and tourists that include boating, kayaking, youth, adult and senior programs, environmental education, adult sports and more. www.kingston-ny.gov


YMCA and South Pine Street City Farm Team Up to Build Community Greenhouse in Kingston

YMCA and South Pine Street City Farm team up to build community greenhouse  Innovative urban farm project receives funding from SARE

KINGSTON, NY – This season the South Pine Street City Farm and the YMCA are partnering on a new greenhouse at the YMCA Community Garden in mid-town Kingston.  The 12′ x 20′ greenhouse will be used for seedlings and winter production for South Pine Street City Farm, but will also be open to community gardeners and others wanting to participate in growing their own seedlings.

The idea of a city greenhouse was initiated by Jesica Clark, farmer at South Pine Street City Farm, out of her desire to grow seedlings for the farm and for community use in Kingston.  In addition, Mrs. Clark applied for and was awarded funding from Sustainable Agriculture Reseach and Education (SARE) to conduct an innovative projectdesigned to heat the greenhouse without electricity or fossil fuels, using compost made from used coffee grounds and yard waste such as leaves and chipped branches.

“I’m so excited to be able to grow seedlings sustainably in Kingston.  What an opportunity for those who want to grow food from seed, but find that their sunny window is just not enough,” says farmer Clark.

Lee Anne Albritton, Child Care Director at the YMCA of Kingston and Ed Blouin, Site Steward for the YMCA Community Garden, picked up on the project and suggested the YMCA Garden, located in the playground on Summer Street, as an ideal place for the greenhouse.  The site is accessible to many neighborhoods in Kingston and project will draw attention to the burgeoning garden space created for the community and the youth that participate in YMCA programs.  The YMCA Community Garden will again be expanding this year to accommodate more families who want to garden, but do not have the space or resources at their home.

Ms. Albritton comments, “This is such an exciting collaboration, using Farmer Clark’s expertise and experience to help the YMCA mission of social responsibility to expand our community gardens and to bring accessible gardening and food production to our members and their families. Participating in this “groundbreaking” program will be especially stimulating for our after-school youth gardening curriculum, as well as for our new program to provide Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients with seeds, tools and garden space to provide real food for their families.”

The greenhouse is scheduled to be in place by the end of this year and will be ready for seedling production in 2013.

For more information about the greenhouse or South Pine Street City Farm – A program sponsored by The Queens Galley in partnership with The Kingston Land Trust and Binnewater Ice Company, please contact Jesica Clark at jesicaclark21@gmail.com.  For information about the YMCA and their gardening programs, please contact Lee Anne Albritton at lalbritton@ymcaulster.org

The South Pine Street City Farm Launches Midtown Farm Stand in Kingston

The South Pine Street City Farm launches a Midtown Farm Stand in Kingston, NY. Fresh vegetables from the farm can be purchased by residents three days a week beginning on August 29th for the remainder of the growing season.

Kingston, NY – The South Pine Street City Farm located at 27 South Pine Street off of Greenkill Avenue in Midtown, Kingston has successfully turned a vacant lot into a thriving organic farm created by first generation farmer Jesica Clark. Beginning on August 29th, a “Midtown Farm Stand” will be operated on site selling fresh vegetables three days a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 4:00pm – 7:00pm for the remainder of the growing season.

The Farm, a program of the Queens Galley, grows fresh, local and organic produce that feeds guests at the Queens Galley less than a mile away.  In addition, Farmer Clark delivers seasonal vegetables to local stores and restaurants in a ‘farm to table’ effort.  With the addition of the Midtown Farm Stand, residents can now purchase seasonal organic vegetables at a better price due to the elimination of transportation and other associated costs.

The South Pine Street City Farm is a program of the Queens Galley in partnership with Binnewater Ice Co. and the Kingston Land Trust. The Midtown Farm Stand was made possible by a material and build donation by Hugh Cummings of Hugh-Name-It Builders, Kingston NY.

For more information, contact Farmer Jesica Clark at 845/380-9183 or Rebecca Martin, Executive Director of the Kingston Land Trust at 845/877-5263.

South Pine Street City Farm Work Event a Huge Success.

Build-a-Farm Work Party

Thanks to those who provided assistance today at the South Pine Street City Farm work event. The group successfully put in nineteen 20′ raised beds.

Daniel Clark marks the beds.

Twenty 20' Raised beds in the making.

The youngest volunteer Charlie Grenadier lends a hand to Farmer Clark and Ed Blouin.

Lei Issacs is always there to lend a hand.

The Clarks take a break.

Homemade Chili, Cornbread and Relish for the Volunteers.

The South Pine Street City Farm Host First Work Day Event in November

South Pine Street City Farm hosts it’s first work day event scheduled for Saturday, November 20th.

Garden enthusiasts in the community are invited to participate in the creation and installation of raised beds for Kingston’s first Urban Farm project.

Kingston, NY – Farmer Jesica Clark invites the public to help build and install raised beds for the South Pine Street City Farm located at 25 South Pine Street in the City of Kingston (across from Binnewater Ice Co.). The scheduled work date is Saturday, November 20th from 10:00am – 1:00pm. The rain date will be Sunday, November 21st at the same time.

“Bringing the community together to build something is one of the oldest traditions of agriculture.” says Clark about her first scheduled work event. “Instead of raising a barn, we are building a farm literally from the ground up.”

Clark will provide the working crew with a hot meal, so participants are asked to RSVP at jesicaclark21@gmail.com or by calling the Kingston Land Trust at 845/877-5263 no later than Friday, November 19th.  Please specify if you have any dietary requirements and bring your battery operated screw guns, drill bits and work gloves.

In the case of poor weather, visit the Kingston Land Trust’s website at kingstonlandtrust.org for updates.

About the South Pine Street City Farm:

The South Pine Street City Farm is dedicated to serve as a model of urban agriculture for the City of Kingston and beyond.  This small scale market garden will show that agriculture can thrive in an urban environment while also providing important educational components to encourage other farm projects throughout urban areas in the Hudson Valley.  The farm and its growers will work in partnerships with individuals and organizations in the community to achieve a farm and food based network.   Current partnerships include:  The Queen’s Galley and The Queens Galley’s “Cooking Matters” program, The Kingston Land Trust and Binnewater Ice Company.

About Farmer Jesica Clark:

Jesica Clark has worked in farming and small scale agriculture for eight years.  She has organized community gardens, managed a small diversified farm in the Hudson Valley and worked for several for-profit as well as not-for-profit, educational farms.  Having grown up in New York City and apprenticed in central Pennsylvania, she has experience in both urban culture and rural living. She is comfortable working with all members of a community and feels that good food is integral not only to physical health but also to social health.

August Update: Kingston Children’s City Garden in Ward 5

I want to thank the volunteers who showed over the past two weeks to help get the South Pine Street Kingston Children’s City Garden raised beds underway. In the rain last Sunday, we were able to finally mix manure, soil and peet in two of the four raised beds. There’s a bit more to do – but we’re getting there.

The future use of the property will be tilled and planted by Queens Galley’s Operation Frontline program to grow what Farmer Frank says to be “50% of their food needs”.

The goal was to also incorporate some community garden farming – which is what the raised beds are meant to accomplish.

At this time, we have one family in a raised bed so far, which is quite exciting. If you live close by, and wish to have your own plot this late summer/early fall please contact me. Binnewater provides all of the water needs.

Call me at 845/750-7295.

Thanks.

Rebecca
South Pine Street - raised beds

Newly planted sunflowers!

Newly planted sunflowers!