Monday, September 19, 2016

Harvest at the Kingston YMCA Farm Project

Posted By on Mon, Sep 19, 2016 at 9:00 AM

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Midtown Kingston is packed with stores, homes, eateries, arts factories and galleries, and marked most prominently by the Ulster Performing Arts Center. It’s called the corridor because Broadway runs down its spine, shuttling cars, trucks, and bicycles between Uptown and the Rondout. But hidden behind the bustling YMCA is a little oasis of garden plots and vegetable beds. The YMCA Farm Project implants fresh vegetables into the urban food desert and provides opportunities for locals to get their hands dirty.

To celebrate its third season, the Kingston YMCA Farm Project is throwing a party. In partnership with other local organizations and businesses, there will be burgers grilled by the Bruderhof, kale salad from DMZ Kingston, and tamales by Just For You. An apple tasting will be hosted by Montgomery Place Orchards. Performances by POOK, the percussion orchestra, and Energy dancers from the Center for Creative Education will help create a party atmosphere. Kids can grab a mini pumpkin at the Farm Project’s pick-your-own and make their own salsa. Adults can connect with Citizen Action of the Hudson Valley and register to vote. It’s a collaboration that invites everyone to enjoy the nature setting of this Midtown Kingston gem.

And thanks to a grant from the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley, the Farm Project is expanding. During the Farm Expansion Work Weekend, big and little hands can help extend beds, move soil and compost and the children’s garden, and put up new fencing. All ages and levels of experience are welcome. The growing Farm Project is so excited to feed more people and host more young people at the Farm.

The Kingston YMCA Farm Project’s Community Harvest Celebration at 507 Broadway in Kingston: Tuesday, September 20, 5:30-7:30p; free! And their Farm Expansion Work Weekend held at the same address: Friday, September 30, 10a-4p; Saturday, October 1, 10a-3p; Sunday, October 2, 10a-3p; no experience necessary. Park in the YMCA lot and walk away from the Y towards the Farm. Visit their Facebook page for more info or to contact them.

Don’t miss the Kingston YMCA Farm Project’s Farm Stand at the YMCA of Kingston, Thursdays, 3:30-6p, through October 27th, and pre-school and school programs!
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