Starting an Urban Farm: Land, Soil, Community
We will begin with a short tour of South Pine Street City Farm, followed by presentations from a number of key players in the farm’s development. Rebecca Martin, Executive Director at Kingston Land Trust, will discuss partnering with non-profit organizations and private businesses. Ed Croswell, owner of Croswell Enterprises (soil and compost manufacturer, supplier for South Pine Street City Farm), will talk about soil quality for urban and intensive growing. Jesica Clark, Farmer, will cover marketing in the city for the city and reaching out to other organizations to build a stronger community. We will also tour the greenhouse and hear about exciting data from research on temperature differences, ease of construction, and CO2 and ammonia production.
South Pine Street City Farm of Kingston, NY was formed in 2010 as a partnership between Binnewater Ice Co., Kingston Land Trust and The Queens Galley. On ¼ of an acre we grow produce destined for the community’s varied tables, marketing through restaurants sales and a farm stand. This year the farm received a SARE grant to test the compost-heated greenhouse in an urban setting, using coffee grounds and yard waste as the basis for compost. Jesica Clark, the farmer at South Pine Street City Farm, has been working in agriculture for 9 years.
Registration: Please register by calling Stephanie Backer-Bertsch at NOFA-NYat 585-271-1979 x 509, or by registering online at http://www.tinyurl.com/nofanyevents. Registration is FREE for NOFA-NY members and $15/ non-members.