farmpatch.jpgMission

The Kingston YMCA Farm Project's mission is to educate, nourish and connect the Kingston community with our urban farm. 

Vision

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 are involved in all aspects of food production and farm care: seeding, transplanting, watering, weeding, harvesting, and ultimately preparing and eating. Participants learn how to turn the vegetables they grow into healthy snacks and dishes.

We are committed to racial and economic justice and we are working to create a more equitable food system for all. 

 

 

Meet our Staff

3031691_orig.jpgKayCee 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.  A teacher by nature, 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 13 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. KayCee can be reached at kaycee{at}kingstonymcafarmproject.org. 

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.  Susan can be reached at susan{at}kingstonymcafarmrproject.org. 

Siobhan DuPont is the Youth Advocate for the Kingston YMCA Farm Project.  Siobhan holds a BA in Sociology from SUNY New Paltz. Siobhan became familiar with the Kingston YMCA Farm Project during her junior year in high school, when she participated in the former “Dig Kids” program geared towards educating youth in all aspects of urban farming.  During her college career, Siobhan worked with youth at the after school program of the Everette Hodge Community Center in Midtown Kingston, where she assisted youth with homework and also ensured that each child received a healthy meal during the after school program as per Child and Food Care Program (CACFP) standards.  She also spent five summers as a camp counselor through the City of Kingston Parks and Recreation Department, where she focused on youth development. During her academic career at SUNY New Paltz, Siobhan studied social pedagogy in Denmark, which enabled her to gain important insight into a framework for social care that is person centered and aims to meet the needs of children and families.  Siobhan has experience completing and assisting with college applications and financial aid during her time as the Assistant Coordinator of the Kingston High School Student Success Center, which is something that she looks forward to offering to youth at the Y.