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.

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

  • I am very interested in the Trust’s progress in this area. I am working with another agency to develop something similar in Woosocket, RI . Any information you could share would be greatly appreciated.

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