The Dig Kids Host BBQ to Celebrate Success in Midtown Kingston

The Dig Kids, an Urban Farming Program created by the Kingston Land Trust, host a BBQ in Midtown to celebrate their garden successes in 2011 on Thursday, July 28th. Citizens are invited to meet at the Everett Hodge Center at 5:00pm for a garden walk to the South Pine Street City Farm where they will enjoy Fleisher’s grass fed and organic meats hamburgers and hot dogs and a performance by the Hudson Valley Youth Chorale.

Kingston – The Dig Kids, an Urban Farming Program created by the Kingston Land Trust with a grant from the Columbia Foundation and donation by Family of Woodstock invites Kingston Citizens to celebrate their success.

Since May, five Kingston youth between the ages of 15 – 19 have been paid to work weekly and grow vegetables under the stewardship of Farmer Jesica Clark, a first generation organic farmer. Through the Dig Kids program, the teenagers have transformed the front of the community center 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, July 28th at 5:00pm for a balloon garden walk to the South Pine Street City Farm on South Pine Street for Fleisher’s grass-fed and organic meats hamburgers and hot dogs.  The Hudson Valley Youth Chorale led by Executive Artistic Director Mathew Camara will perform.

Donations for ‘The Dig Kids’ program for 2012 are currently being accepted. Please contact Rebecca Martin, Executive Director of the Kingston Land Trust at 845/877-5263 or email rebecca@kingstonlandtrust.org for more information on the event, or how you might be a future donor or sponsors.

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About “The Dig Kids: An Urban Farming Program” for Youth Created by the Kingston Land Trust 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, we grow produce destined for our city’s various tables.  We strive to provide  absolutely delicious vegetables and fruits grown minutes from their destination using responsible and regenerative growing practices.  As part of The Queens Galley, all 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 Fleishers Grass Fed and Organic Meats Fleisher’s Meats carries premium products from local farmers who have raised their animals on a primarily grass-based diet or organically-raised. These animals live natural stress-free lives and are not treated with antibiotics, hormones or fed animal-by-products and therefore produce healthy, great-tasting meat, milk and eggs. We consider ourselves partners with farmers who share our standards and practices.

About the Hudson Valley Youth Chorale The Hudson Valley Youth Chorale has delighted audiences since 1995 with its engaging musical presentations and sparkling musicality. The chorus captures the hearts of their audience with their pure love of singing. The singers, 3rd through 8th grade boys and girls, are drawn from throughout New York’s Hudson Valley. Their repertoire spans an array of musical styles: classical (both secular and sacred songs) multicultural folk music, popular song, spirituals, gospel and jazz.  HVYC performances are often highlighted with choreography.

 

The Dig Kids Harvest Spinach for the Queens Galley Soup Kitchen

The Dig Kids with Farmer Jesica Clark with some of their spinach harvest.

The Dig Kids recently harvested a mound of spinach from their garden at the Everett Hodge Center in Kingston, NY. They all enjoyed eating a bunch, too. Several of our youth as it turned out had never had spinach before!

After, the Dig Kids decided together to donate the remaining crop to The Queens Galley to help feed those in our community in need of a hand at this time.

Nice going Dig Kids!

Organic spinach is delicious.

...and pretty easy to harvest.

There's lots to do.

...and many mouths to feed. But ours first!

There's nothing better than fresh greens from the garden that your grew yourself!

The Dig Kids Celebrate in July

The garden created by 'The Dig Kids' this season at the Everett Hodge Center on Franklin Street in Kingston.

What a season it’s been for our Dig Kids. They have done a fantastic job gardening the front of the Everett Hodge Center on Franklin Street in Kingston – and they are getting ready to celebrate.

Mark your calendars for THURSDAY, JULY 28th from 5:00pm – 7:00pm when the community is invited to meet us at the Everett Hodge Center for a Garden Walk’ with 100 helium “Dig Kid” balloons through Midtown Kingston to the South Pine Street City Farm for a BBQ. Fleisher’s Grass Fed and Organic meats have donated hot dogs and hamburgers for everyone and we will be joined by the Hudson Valley Youth Chorale to sample the talents of more of our youth in Kingston.

Be on the look out for the press release – and please join us for gardens, food, fun and community.

Food and Sunflowers. The Dig Kids have done a terrific job with their steward Farmer Jesica Clark.

 

 

“The Dig Kids” Profiled in the Kingston Times this week

The Dig Kids – an Urban Farming Program was in the papers this week!

Dan Barton of the Kingston Times did a profile of each of the “Jr. Gardeners”, introducing the youth to our community at large.

To print and read the article from Thursday, May 19th 2011 click on this

May192011 Kingston Times The Dig Kids

“The Dig Kids” an Urban Farming Program gets underway…

Today was a very special day at the Kingston Land Trust, as one of our Urban Farming Programs “The Dig Kids” got underway this afternoon.

“The Dig Kids” went through an application process where we chose five youth looking for summer employment and who have an interest in farming. With a grant through the Columbia Foundation and a donation by Family of Woodstock and Kingston Cares, five ‘Garden Mentors’ are paid a weekly stipend to create gardens and to learn farming practices at the Everett Hodge Community Center – an important ‘hub’ of activity for youth in Midtown Kingston. Continue reading “The Dig Kids” an Urban Farming Program gets underway…

The Kingston Land Trust Launches “The Dig Kids” – An Urban Farming Program for Youth in the city of Kingston

The Kingston Land Trust launches “The Dig Kids” – An Urban Farming Program for Youth in the city of Kingston.

Three youth will be selected through an application process to be paid throughout the summer to ‘farm’ the garden at the Everett Hodge Center.

Kingston“The Dig Kids” – An Urban Farming Program for Youth will launch this year in the city of Kingston.   Created by the Kingston Land Trust with a grant from  the Columbia Foundation, ‘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.  Throughout the five month program (May-September), three youth will be paid a stipend  to work 10 hours a month after school at their garden site at the Everett Hodge Center on Franklin Street in Kingston.  Youth must be 14 – 19 to participate, although each selected ‘Dig Kid’ will enlist a youth 13 or younger to ‘mentor’ throughout program.  In addition to growing vegetables and tending the gardens, “The Dig Kids” will learn culinary skills, visit farms and sell some of their crops to the community under the stewardship of Farmer Clark who also tends the South Pine Street City Farm in the city of Kingston.

An informational presentation will be held at the Everett Hodge Center, 15-21 Franklin Street in Kingston, NY on Friday, April 1st 2011 at 6:00pm. Applications will be available at that time. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information on this and other programs created by the Kingston Land Trust, contact Rebecca Martin, Executive Director at 845/877-5263 or email rebecca@kingstonlandtrust.org     www.kingstonlandtrust.org

About the Kingston Land Trust: The Kingston Land Trust is an urban trust 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 the Town of Kingston.

About the Columbia Foundation:   The Columbia Foundation’s broad philanthropic purpose responds to changing social conditions. Long-standing interests in world peace, human rights, the environment, cross-cultural and international understanding, the quality of urban life, and the arts have evolved to reflect current conditions and opportunities.

"The Dig Kids" Program in the Times Herald Record

In an effort to help provide the youth of Kingston an opportunity to learn important farming skills for a small stipend, “The Dig Kids” – an Urban Farming project sponsored by the Kingston Land Trust (and made possible through a grant by the Columbia Foundation) – was featured in the Times Herald Record this morning.

The fall clean-up in celebration of “Kids Care Week” sponsored by Generation On! was a great success.

Follow this LINK for more.

The Everett Hodge Children’s Garden Clean-up a Success

Cucumbers from 2010!

By Rebecca Martin

The Kingston Land Trust successfully organized a fall garden clean-up at the Everett Hodge Center this afternoon in celebration of Kids Care Week (sponsored by Generation On!).   The youth were introduced to one of our upcoming programs called “The Dig Kids” which will be led by Farmer Jesica Clark (formerly of Phillies Bridge Farm).  The KLT, in collaboration with Kingston Cares and the Everett Hodge Center will work with up to 3 youth in 2011 to farm the Everett Hodge Children’s Garden location and the center’s property for a small stipend.  It is our aim to help the kids make their “farm” the most beautiful spot in town while giving them new skills, healthy  foods for healthy eating and outdoor activity.

The Kingston Land Trust’s program “The Dig Kids” was made possible by a grant from the Columbia Foundation.  Be on the look out for a press release in the coming months.

The kids got to work at 5:15pm sharp and finished in only 45 minutes! They enjoyed apple cider and a ‘breakfast for dinner’ event at the Hodge following the clean-up.

A thorough piece will be in the Sunday Times Herald Record for more detail.

If you or someone you know has a child or young adult between the ages of 7-21 who would be interested in the KLT “The Dig Kids”  program, please contact Rebecca Martin, Executive Director at 845/877-LAND (5263) or email rebecca@kingstonlandtrust.org

The Everett Hodge Children's Garden

Before...

Getting Started

Taming the wild!

Taking out trees, and now there's lots of room to farm!

This eight year old was the star helper.

Working together.

Finishing up and ready for Spring!

Kingston Care's Meghan Weiss helps the youngest volunteer, 4 3/4 year old Charlie Grenadier. Special thanks to Gerald Berke for the mums!

The Kingston Land Trust Awarded Mini-Grant for Kids Care Week, 2010

The Kingston Land Trust was awarded a mini-grant for the Kids Care Week 2010 “Make Your Mark on the World: go the Extra Mile” service project.

The award will be used for the Everett Hodge Center Children’s Garden, where the children will to do a clean-up and create a work plan for next year.  Kingston Garden Coalition member and organic farmer Jesica Pascual will be on hand to assist the children.

The project, though implemented during the Kids Care Week, will take place on Friday, October 29th at 5:00pm at the Everett Hodge Center at 15-21 Franklin Street in Kingston. All are invited to attend.

For more on this and other Kingston Land Trust activities, contact Rebecca Martin, Executive Director at 845/877-5263 or email rebecca@kingstonlandtrust.org

Everett Hodge Community Center – Garden’s In!

The children planted their 4 x 4 raised bed last weekend as part of the ‘Make A Difference Day: Keeping it Green!’ Here are photos of their Kale and Marigold’s. Hugh Cummings (of Hugh-Name-It Builders) got the Rain Barrel in right on time. The water captured is enough to feed the garden for weeks! Continue reading Everett Hodge Community Center – Garden’s In!