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Farm Stand

Much of of the good we grow is sold through our farm stands, all of which are located in Midtown Kingston.  By co-locating our farm stands in community centers, we work to break down some of the barriers that prevent people from accessing healthy food.  We accept all kinds of payment: SNAP, WIC, FMNP, cash, checks, and debit cards.  We strive to keep the prices low and we will always work with you if cost is a barrier.  

FARM STAND AT THE YMCA OF KINGSTON OPENS JUNE 1

THURSDAYS JUNE 1-OCTOBER 26

3:30-6

507 Broadway, in the lobby  

 

 

BICYCLE POWERED MOBILE FARM STAND OPENS JUNE 13

TUESDAYS JUNE 13-SEPTEMBER 12

3-4:00 HEALTH ALLIANCE (alternating weeks Broadway Campus and Mary's Avenue Campus)  June 13 will be Broadway Campus

4:30-6  Kingston Public Library

How to find the mobile market:  At the Broadway Campus, we are set up just inside the Emergency Room entrance, across from City Hall's side entrance.  At Mary's Avenue, we are set up outside of the main entrance.  At the library, we are in the parking lot near the entrance to the library. 

 

LITTLE FARMERS

Little Farmers is a drop-in program for pre-school aged children and their caregivers.  At the weekly sessions, a garden-themed book is read, children engage in an age-appropriate hands-on garden activity, and a garden-based snack is made.  Children explore seeds, soil, water, and discover many natural surprises in and around the garden.  The program is designed for 3-6 year olds, but siblings are welcome.  We ask that caregivers stay with their children and engage in the activities with them. 

Little Farmers runs on Wednesdays from 10-11:30.  We will meet from June 14 - August 16th (no program on July 5th)

The drop in fee is $0-$5 per family.  Financial assistance is available; please contact the farmer. Thanks to the Bank of Greene County for providing financial support for this program. 

Registration is required! To register, email kaycee@kingstonymcafarmproject.org or call/text 845-332-2927. 

All programs meet at the Farm, located behind the YMCA and River Radiology.  You can park at the Y, walk away from the building and walk towards River Radiology.  With River Radiology on your left, you will see the playground and the gardens. 

You can also arrive by coming to the intersection of Susan and Summer Streets.

 


SCHOOL AGE PROGRAMS

Field Trips

We offer field trips for area schools, scouting groups, homeschool groups and more.  We offer field trips in May-October and they typically last 1.5 hours.  Children will engage in real work around the farm-it might be seeding, transplanting, harvesting, watering, or clearing a bed.  We always include a sensory tour as well which engages children to explore using sight, sound, taste, smell and touch.   We can also customize aspects of the field trip based on units of study and curricular tie-in.  Cost is $75-$150 depending on the size of the group. 

Email info@kingstonymcafarmproject.org for more information or to schedule your field trip.  

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Camp Starfish

Camp Starfish is a six week camp for 5-12 year olds that meets at the YMCA.  At least once a week, the campers come out to the farm to work.  They seed, plant, harvest, water and do what is needed on the farm.  In partnership with the Chef’s Collaborative, they will also get hands-on cooking classes and nutrition education. 

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

Training The Next Generation of Growers
Our original summer youth employment program has expanded to 3 seasons (spring, summer and fall) that provide both employment (and/or academic credit through Kingston High School) and career training along with agriculture based educational programs at the Kingston YMCA Farm Project. 
During seasonal crews of high school aged youth, we provide hands-on learning in sustainable urban agriculture through direct involvement in farm maintenance, farm markets, outreach, and agriculture related educational workshops. 
We work with City of Kingston youth to grow food, farm, encourage entrepreneurship, engage in community service, practice wellness skills, and be invested environmental stewards through hands on farming experiences and community involvement. Participants learn culinary skills, visit local farms, participate in community service, and sell some of their crops to the community at mobile farm stands and at the YMCA farm stand.

Through this employment program, youth practice skills related to sustainable urban farming, as well as customer service and other valuable job readiness skills. The youth farm crew participants also learn about food justice, local food systems, and are positioned to become agents of change within the food system.

Each high school farm crew season will include workshops with experienced professionals in the agriculture field such as local farmers, farm-to-table co-packers, farm market managers, food justice advocates, and/or local chefs.   

If you would like to bring your group or organization to the farm for a work day or for an educational event, please contact the farm at kaycee@kingstonymcafarmproject.org.