The Little Farm in the City Preps for New Season

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For the 2016 urban farming season Joel Zenie and Trish Hawkins, starting their second year at the South Pine Street Farm, welcome the help of Ted Griese, aspiring young farmer and Kingston resident. Ted will be growing flowers at the farm for good crop pollination and for sale. Joel will continue to grow a wide variety of fresh produce, including lettuce, onions, kale, collards, cabbage, mustards, tomatoes, basil, parsley, beans, peas, arugula, mesclun, cucumbers, squash, and strawberries. The farm is located on South Pine Street across from Binnewater Ice Company.

Joel will be using the “no-till” method and Joel and Ted will be preparing the beds using a U-fork for deeply loosening the soil and then spreading a nutritious layer of compost over each bed. We also are interested in fixing up the “backyard” of the farm to be a more welcoming place for the community. We have two nice large picnic tables back there, and it’s cool and shady—good place for a meeting? In the back there are two part-shade flower gardens which we hope to renovate/and or replant. If you are interested in getting involved at the farm, please call (845-532-0011) or email Trish. You can also message us at the South Pine Street Farm Facebook page.

Also new this year: We want more people to know about and buy fresh vegetables at South Pine Street Farm. In early May, we will be visiting neighbors within a few block radius to hand out cards offering a 25% “neighbor discount.” We hope in this way to get establish a solid customer base in the immediate neighborhood. The idea of neighbors and others who live in Kingston “walking to the farm” is dear to our hearts.

We are also working to expand our occasional sales to local restaurants. Sissy’s Café and the Outdated Café bought veggies from us last year, and Diane Reeder made lemonade with our strawberries for her ice-cream-and-candy store on Wall Street.

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