The Dig Kids: An Urban Farming Program

 

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The Dig Kids: An Urban Farming Program” for Youth is in its second year in 2012.  Youth will be paid an educational stipend to “Farm” the Everett Hodge Center Children’s Garden and the Van Buren Street Playground in 2012. Applications will be available for youths on Monday, April 2nd, 2012.

Kingston – 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 the support of Kingston Parks and Recreation Department, ‘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.

In its second year, youth “Garden Mentors” will be selected through an application process and farm throughout the four month program (May-August) and given an educational stipend  to work two days a week after school and in the morning during the summer months transforming the Children’s Garden at the Everett Hodge Center on Franklin Street and the Van Buren Street Playground raised beds in Midtown, Kingston.  Youth must be 14 – 21 to participate. This year several “Jr. Gardener’s” 13 or younger will be selected to be ‘mentored’ throughout the 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.

Applications for youth will be available on Monday, April 2nd 2012, through Megan Weiss of Kingston Cares, in her office located at the Everett Hodge Center on Franklin Street in Kingston. Up to seven youths will be selected.

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For more information, contact Executive Director Rebecca Martin at kingstonlandtrust@gmail.com or call 845/877-LAND (5263).

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The Dig Kids – An Urban Farming Program
2012 Schedule
(Subject to Change) 

Monday, April 2nd
Applications Available

Friday, April 20th
Application Deadline

Wednesday, April 25th
Dig Kid Selection Announced

Week One:  May 1st
Orientation/Jr. Gardener Selection

Week Two: May 7th
Garden Site Tour/Visioning

Week Three: May 14th
Garden Prep

Week Four – Week Sixteen
Garden Work to include planting out, maintaining, harvesting, cooking, selling and/or donating crops, Block Party.

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About the Kingston Land Trust – An urban trust, the Kingston Land Trust is a 501c3 non-profit organization committed to theprotection and preservation of open space, historic sites, wetlands, scenic areas, and forests in the City of Kingston and thesurrounding region to include the Town of Ulster and the Town of Kingston.www.kingstonlandtrust.org

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

About 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.   With support from Binnewater Ice, Co. and the Kingston Land Trust.  For more, visit LINK

About Croswell Enterprises, Inc.-   Croswell Enterprises, LTD’s philosophy is simple: provide high quality bulk landscaping materials with old fashioned service. While their website provides a wealth of information, they welcome your calls to discuss and make recommendations for your individual project. Their products include: Dynagro Garden Soil, Dynagro Topsoil, Dynamulch, Landscape Mulch, Dynagro Super Rich Compost, Gravel and Round River Stone. Dynagro Garden Soil and Dynamulch are their most popular products. Dynagro Garden Soil is a custom blended soil,ready to plant!  Rich in organic material with a light texture and balanced ph, this soil is perfect for flower and vegetable growing. Dynamulch TM is a compost enriched mulch which can be used as a mulch or as a soil conditioner. For more information, feel free to contact their office at (845) 331-4232, visit them at croswellenterprises.com or friend them on FACEBOOK

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