By Rebecca Martin
There is so much going on that is good in the city of Kingston, it’s hard not to share it all. Even in the form of an end of the year annual plea letter from the Kingston Land Trust, an organization that I am Director of. This NFP has a dynamic board, and is doing great works that I hope you will enjoy reading about here. Come and celebrate with a special KLT Rosemary/Coriander Brew on 12/29 and say hello…
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What a year it has been for the Kingston Land Trust.
Since July when the KLT hired a full time Executive Director, we have done some pretty heavy lifting to establish several substantial projects. With so much potential in the City of Kingston, it has been a great pleasure to be a key partner in many collaborative efforts new and ongoing alike. We look forward to our continued efforts in preserving and protecting our historic treasures, discovering new avenues for sustainable and healthy living and creating programs utilizing open space that encourages citizens to take full advantage of the fun and adventures in Kingston’s great urban out-of-doors.
Because we appreciate your interest in the Kingston Land Trust, we have organized a Holiday “mixer” to share our work and to socialize with old and new friends. Join us at Kingston’s local brew pub Keegan Ales in Kingston where you can meet our staff and Board Directors and share in our 2010 successes and strategic plans for 2011.
To make this event a special one, Keegan’s has created a special Kingston Land Trust Rosemary Coriander Brew (using Rosemary from my personal garden) just for us that evening. To top it off, a portion of the proceeds of each one sold that evening will be generously gifted to us (drink responsibly, and bring a designated driver).
The Kingston Land Trust Holiday Mixer
Wednesday, December 29th
20 Saint James Street
Kingston, NY 12401
6:00pm – 8:00pm
At the end of the year, we wish to challenge our friends in helping the Kingston Land Trust ring in the new year successfully. One of our generous benefactors has offered to match each dollar that we raise up to $5,000. That means that the KLT has the potential to earn at least $10,000 that will be added to our annual operating costs. We have until January 31st to reach this goal and any donation large or small plays an important role. Admission to Keegan’s is free, but we ask that you consider making a donation. If you cannot be present but wish to support us with a secure, online donation to our Annual Fund, visit our website at www.kingstonlandtrust.org. You can also send along a check or money order to: The Kingston Land Trust PO Box 2701 Kingston, NY. 12402. Contributions are tax-deductible.
Your involvement is crucial to the movement for economic revitalization, sustainability, and land conservation in our community. Please join us.
With thanks and gratitude,
The Kingston Land Trust
Steve Noble, Chair
Kevin McEvoy, Vice Chair/Treasurer/Chair of the LUAMP Committee
Julie Noble, Secretary
Board of Directors/Advisors/Staff
Bill Berardi, Director
Hugh Cummings, Director
Barbara Epstein, Advisor
Gregg Swanzey, Director/Chair of the KLT Rail Trail Committee
Steve Liebowitz, Director
Ann Loeding, Director
Arthur Zaczkiewicz, Advisor/Staff
What’s happening at the Kingston Land Trust?
The Kingston Land Trust BLACK HISTORY Committee
With a wide variety of churches, historians and community members, The Kingston Land Trust’s Black History Committee is organizing a re-dedication of the Mt. Zion African-American Burial ground in June, 2011. The event will help to celebrate and honor past Kingston residents and veterans who are now laid to rest there. Research projects to help document the people and their families at Mt. Zion and in the 17th Century Pine Street Slave Cemetery are currently underway. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Kingston Land Trust RAIL TRAIL Committee
Led by Kingston resident Gregg Swanzy, the Kingston Land Trust recently was awarded trail development assistance from Parks & Trails NY to engage the community in exploring the feasibility of connecting existing trails outside the city to the Midtown area. We were one of three programs awarded state-wide! For more information, contact Gregg at email@example.com
The Kingston Land Trust LAND USE/ACQUISITION/MANAGEMENT/PLANNING Committee
Led by KLT Vice Chair/Treasurer Kevin McEvoy, the Kingston Land Trust’s LUAMP Committee in collaboration with other key stakeholders has participated in and remains committed to the ongoing open space planning process with regards to the approximately 300 acre area proposed to be preserved at Hudson Landing. In addition, the committee participated and is committed, together with key stakeholders, in the planning process for portions of the Ulster-Esopus Ridge in Town of Ulster which includes wetlands and a highly significant Native American lithic workshop discovered during the archeology. With a growing portfolio throughout the city of Kingston, the committee handles all parcels and easements gifted or otherwise conserved to assure protection. To learn more, contact Kevin at firstname.lastname@example.org
The South Pine Street City Farm Project
About 1/4 acre of land in the Midtown section of Kingston is currently being transformed into Kingston’s first City Farm. Led by first generation farmer and city of Kingston resident Jesica Clark, the Kingston Land Trust has teamed up with The Queens Galley, The Queens Galley’s “Cooking Matters” program and Binnewater Ice Co. to take steps in making Kingston an urban agriculture epicenter. For more information, contact Farmer Clark at email@example.com
“The Dig Kids” – An urban farming program
With the help of a grant from the Columbia Foundation, The Kingston Land Trust has created “The Dig Kids”- a farming program located at the Everett Hodge Community Center in Midtown Kingston to help youth learn important farming skills while being paid a stipend to do so. Harvests will be sold at local farmers markets as well as used for cooking instruction and distributed throughout the immediate community for those in need. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Kingston City Hall Victory Garden
The Kingston Land Trust will be in its third year helping to develop the Kingston City Hall Victory Garden, an organic ’square foot gardening’ project to illustrate the amount of food that can be grown and harvested in an 8×8 foot raised bed. Managed by City Hall employees, the harvest is donated to a different soup kitchen in the city of Kingston each year. If you are a soup kitchen and wish to be included, contact email@example.com
Yoga in the Park! Creating Healthy Communities
The KLT in collaboration with Shatki Yoga, MAC Fitness and the City of Kingston’s Parks and Recreation department, we’re excited to announce “Yoga in the Park! Creating Healthy Communities” starting on May day (Sunday, May 1st) at Cornell Park in the Rondout section of Kingston. Join your neighbors on the first Sunday of each month starting in May through October for Shatki’s exceptional yoga series that will accommodate every level in the gorgeous setting of one of our most wonderful urban parks. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Healthy Kingston For Kids (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)
The Kingston Land Trust is a proud partner of the “Healthy Kingston for Kids” program led by Cornell Cooperative Extension. Leading an initiative to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic in Kingston through environmental and policy change, the project is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation with $360,000 over four years. Recently, a resolution for complete streets was approved by the Kingston Common Council and other such as community gardens and more are on their radar. Contact Arthur Zaczkiewicz for more information at email@example.com