On Friday and Earth Day, with the Kingston YMCA Farm Project‘s fourth growing season underway, volunteers from the surrounding Midtown neighborhood, wider community, local schools, SUNY New Paltz, and the Harvesting Justice collective at Bard College, weeded and seeded, spread compost and wood chips, cultivating (along with the fruits and vegetables) food, environmental and social justice. Instruction and inspiration were provided by the Y Farm’s Project Director and Farmer JayCee Wimbish, and Education Director Susan Hereth.
The farm, which uses organic methods, has grown to 1/3 acre and added seven additional 50-foot beds, which will make it possible to grow more healthy and accessible food for the community, available at the Y’s farm stand (Thursdays, June 1-October 26) and from the bicycle-powered mobile market (Tuesdays, June 13-September 12).
To instill “a lifetime of awareness in children and youth of where their food comes from, how to nourish themselves, their families and the earth,” Wimbish and Hereth are expanding the Y Farm’s work with the George Washington Elementary School and adding programming with the Chambers Elementary School. A new children’s garden, eight raised beds, provide an area for learning about plant growth, vegetable varieties and nutrition–and to harvest and enjoy. Three seasonal youth farm crews, ages 14-18, will learn to be part of “The Next Generation of Growers.”
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