“The Dig Kids – an Urban Farming Program” was created by Rebecca Martin, formerly the Executive Director of the Kingston Land Trust and Farmer Jesica Clark, founder of the South Pine Street City Farm. With a generous grant from the Columbia Foundation, ‘The Dig Kids” got under way in 2010 educating Kingston youth to grow food, learn farming practices, encourage entrepreneurship, beautification, pride and good health through hands on farming experiences. Throughout a five month program, youth are selected and paid a salary to work after school under the guidance of a first generation organic farmer at two garden sites located at the Everett Hodge Center on Franklin Street and the Van Buren Playground on Van Buren Street in Kingston, NY.
Since the program began two seasons ago, approximately 16 youth have been hired and dozens of youth have participated as volunteers.
The program was lovingly passed along to Family of Woodstock and Kingston Cares (a program of Family of Woodstock). Today, Megan Weiss who serves as program manager carries the torch. With a generous donation from Kevin McEvoy and Barbara Epstein and the support of all of our partners, “The Dig Kids” is strong and growing.