Kingston, NY – The Kingston YMCA Farm Project invites the public to break ground on a new farm in Midtown Kingston on Saturday, September 28th and Sunday, September 29th 2013 from 10:00am – 4:00pm.
Led by Farmer Kaycee Wimbish and as part of Kingston’s growing Urban Agriculture efforts, the Kingston YMCA Farm mission is ‘to educate and empower young people by directly engaging them in sustainable food production on an urban farm. These young people will learn and practice the skills needed to produce their own food and to make healthy choices throughout their lifetime, while increasing the community’s access to fresh produce.’
Volunteers are asked to bring shovels, wheelbarrows, rakes, gloves and bug spray. Long sleeve shirts, hats and sunblock are also recommended. There will be family friendly music, food, crafts, dirt and fun for all.
About the Kingston YMCA Farm Project The vision of the Kingston YMCA Farm Project will be utilized as a way to engage young people in the magical and empowering process that is food production. The over 200 young people who participate in the YMCA’s on-site after-school and summer camp programs will become farmers. Children will be involved in all aspects of food production and farm care: seeding, transplanting, watering, weeding, harvesting, and ultimately preparing and eating. In partnership with the Queens Galley, the young farmers will be taught how to prepare the vegetables into creative, delicious dishes.
We want to be a part of a new generation of young people who know exactly where their food comes from, how it grows, and the energy and effort it takes to get food onto a plate. We also want all children to have access to fresh, healthy food grown without the use of chemicals.
Equally as important is to be a part of a larger movement that is working to increase access to fresh, local produce for all of the residents of Kingston, regardless of income or neighborhood. The ability to choose nutritious food grown without the use of chemicals should be a right and not a privilege. The Kingston YMCA Farm Project hopes to provide affordable, reliable produce to people in Midtown Kingston. As we face changing economic times, we want to increase Kingston’s food security, ensuring that despite global and national changes we will continue to have access to fresh food.