Pruning, Cleaning and Sunning

What a terrific weekend! Thanks to Steve and Julie Noble of the Forsyth Nature Center (and who also serve on the Kingston Land Trust board), folks were busy cleaning up our parks and neighborhoods. There were also sunbathers at City Hall, student rose pruners at the Senate House and vegetable plants given out in Midtown.

For me, Saturday began early with a trip to the Kingston Land Trust on Wall Street to load up flats of sprouting vegetable and flower plants. The Boys & Girls Club had planted seeds last month (thank you!) and now it was time to had them out to folks. But first I had to make a stop at the Senate House where two of Charlotte Adamis’ students and their Mom came to prune roses.

Threee Sisters 'Awaiting

Threee Sisters 'Awaiting

Carl Harris, the groundskeeper at the historic site, was grateful for the help. With state budget cuts as they are, volunteerism goes a long way.

On another project front, Carl installed a raised bed. I’ll be working with several volunteers to plant a “Three Sisters” garden on the site the first weekend in May during a Native American-themed event.

With Charlotte leading the work at the Senate House, I headed over to the Methodist Church on Fair and Clinton streets, which was closed off for its Earth Day Festival. I set up a table and started handing out squash, lettuce and marigolds.

Valeria Gheorghiu, an environmental attorney and a volunteer of the garden committee, came by soon to take over the tabling. Also on hand was  Jesica Pascual, of Phillies Bridge Farm, who was giving away lettuce and kale plants while promoting events of the farm.

Heading back downtown, I saw volunteers of the Boys & Girls Club cleaning up the rail bed that runs parallel to Greenkill Avenue.

Valeria and Jesica

Valeria and Jesica

I then headed over to Kingston Point Park, where I bumped into Kevin and Barbara McEvoy, who serve as board advisors to the land trust. As they walked along Delaware Avenue, they picked up trash.

After that, I checked in with the Kingston Natural Foods Buying Club, where I bumped into Rebecca Martin, chair of the garden committee. She needed my camera to photograph Kate, a hospital worker, who took our advice to enjoy the recently installed Victory Garden at City Hall. Kate was relaxing in the sun.

What a terrific day in Kingston….

— Arthur Zaczkiewicz, executive director, Kingston Land Trust

kate in the Sun

kate in the Sun

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