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Community Based Farm Stands

Much of of the food we grow is sold through our farm stands, most 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 and credit cards.  We strive to keep the prices low and we will always work with you if cost is a barrier.  

 

Winter Farm Stand | Thursdays | 3:30-6:00

Lobby of the Y at 507 Broadway in Kingston 

In partnership with the Hudson Valley Farm Hub, we are proud to host a winter farm stand November through February.  Farm Hub grows delicious produce which includes carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach, cooking greens, baby herbs, salad mixes, parsnips, garlic and more!  You can expect the same great prices and high quality that you get throughout the main growing season.  A portion of the farm stand's sales are donated back to the Kingston YMCA Farm Project. 

 


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 kaycee@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 twice 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 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 4 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.   

Cooking Crew

During the winter months, November-March, we run cooking crew for area youth.  Cooking crew meets once a week to prepare a meal from scratch.  Youth work together to cook a multi-course meal.  We then sit down and share a meal as a group.  We invite community members and leaders to sit down and break bread with us as well.  Youth participants earn a stipend for their participation. 

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.