The Kingston YMCA Farm Project's mission is to educate and empower young people and their families in the City of Kingston by directly engaging them in sustainable food production on our urban farm while increasing the community's access to fresh, local food.
Our vision is to use the farm as a way to engage young people in the magical and empowering process that is food production. Children and youth will be involved in all aspects of food production and farm care: seeding, transplanting, watering, weeding, harvesting, and ultimately preparing and eating. Participants will learn how to turn the vegetables they grow into healthy snacks and 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.
Our vision is also 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.
Meet our Staff
KayCee Wimbish is the Project Director and Farmer of the Kingston YMCA Farm Project. KayCee Wimbish is an educator and farmer and is thrilled to have this opportunity to combine her two passions at the Kingston YMCA Farm Project. She has a Master’s in Education from Bank Street College of Education, and over 10 years of teaching experience. She taught elementary schooI for five years before pursuing her interest in farming. At teacher by natures, she has also taught English as a Second Language to adults, canning and food preservation, and yoga. She has been farming in the Hudson Valley for the past 10 years, working at Hearty Roots Community Farm, a vegetable farm that uses the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model. She also owned and operated the former Awesome Farm, a pasture based animal farm, raising cattle, sheep, turkeys and chickens. KayCee lives in Midtown Kingston with her partner and son.
Susan Hereth is the Education Director at the Kingston YMCA Farm Project. Susan holds a BA in geography from SUNY New Paltz and an MS in education from University of Albany. Susan’s strengths are in development and implementation of experiential learning opportunities for students of all ages as well as professional development workshops for educators. In 2010 she received the highest recognition from the US Environmental Protection Agency given to the public- an Environmental Quality Award. Susan is a certified Master Naturalist throughout Cornell University. Susan was the volunteer Chair of the Environmental Literacy Committee for the New York State Outdoor Education Association as well as co-chair for annual conferences in 2009, 2011 and 2015. She serves as an advisor and resource for Teaching the Hudson Valley. She is the former Education Director at Hudson Valley Seed.