The Kingston Land Trust Places “The Dig Kids – An Urban Farming Program” in the hands of Kingston Cares

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Thursday, April 11th, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Kingston Cares continues “The Dig Kids” – An Urban Farming Program for Youth in the city of Kingston now in its third year.

Four youth will be selected through an application process to be paid as a part time job throughout the summer to ‘farm’ the garden at the Everett Hodge Center and Van Buren Street Playground Park.

Kingston, NY – “The Dig Kids” – An Urban Farming Program now in its third year is getting underway in Kingston. Created by the Kingston Land Trust, the program is now in the hands of Kingston Cares (Family of Woodstock) guided by program coordinator Megan Weiss.

‘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 program, youth will be paid to work after school and throughout the summer at two garden sites that include both the Everett Hodge Center on Franklin Street and Van Buren Playground Park on Van Buren Street in Kingston.  Youth must be 14 – 21 to participate, although several youth 13 or younger will be chosen to ‘mentor’ throughout season.  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 Kaycee Wimbish who will also tend the South Pine Street City Farm and work towards building a new ‘urban farm’ at the YMCA, all in the city of Kingston.  Kaycee will be assisted by Leanne Tory-Murphy and experienced organizer, gardener with a background in children’s programming.

Applications are now available for Garden Mentors (ages 14-21). If you are interested in becoming involved, please contact Megan Weiss at 845/331-1110 or email  mweiss@familyofwoodstockinc.org

If you wish to make a donation to the program, please visit FAMILY OF WOODSTOCK and designate your donation to ‘The Dig Kids’.

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About the Dig Kids – an Urban Farming Program

Formerly a program of the Kingston Land Trust, THE DIG KIDS – AN URBAN FARMING PROGRAM in 2013 is a new program of Kingston Cares (a program of Family of Woodstock) in partnership with Larrecca Music Management and Croswell Enterprises, Inc. and the generous support of the City of Kingston and the City of Kingston’s Parks and Recreation Department.

“The Dig Kids – an Urban Farming Program” 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. ??”The Dig Kids – an Urban Farming Program” in Kingston, NY is made possible by generous public support including a donation from Kevin McEvoy and Barbara Epstein.

To become involved in Urban Agriculture in the City of Kingston, visit Urban Agriculture in Kingston, NY

 

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