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Environmental Justice Newsletter
Community Spotlight:Kingston YMCA Farm Project
DEC’s Environmental Justice Community Impact Grants have funded community gardens, urban farming, and educational programs throughout the years.
One of the organizations DEC awarded a grant to this year, the Kingston YMCA Farm Projects Youth Farm Crew, welcomed eight teens ages 14-17 from the Kingston City School Districts to get a hands-on lesson in farming.
As a part of the six-week program, participants developed their agricultural skills by seeding on the farm and transplanting and maintaining farm beds for crops. The teens also completed a four-part project with Hudson Valley Bee Habitat where they learned the importance of pollinators and assisted in creating new habitats.
Due to the successes of the initial Farm Crew, Kingston YMCA ran a second Youth Farm Crew. The second group, consisting of four teens, assisted with direct seed transplant on the farm, sold seedlings at farm stands, and learned more about agricultural careers. Their Summer Youth Farm Crews also consisted of community teens placed through the Ulster County Summer Youth Employment Program.
Learn more about the Kingston YMCA Farm Project [ https://www.kingstonymcafarmproject.org ] and the great work they do!
Learn more about DEC’s Office of Environmental Justicegrant programs [ https://www.dec.ny.gov/public/31226.html ].