In the last three years UlsterCorps has recruited and organized volunteers to glean and distribute over 25,000 pounds of produce, 840 quarts of fruit, and 80 gallons of cider to local pantries and soup kitchens throughout the county. In 2011 and 2012 we collaborated with students from the Ulster County BOCES New Visions Health Career Explorations to develop a comprehensive “interactive blueprint” that aids agencies and county government in using existing resources effectively to make nutritious food more accessible to those in need. In 2012 we also created posters mapping Ulster County Food Pantries, Soup Kitchens and UCAT bus lines, which, thanks to Bob DiBella of UCAT and our generous sponsors Lifebridge Foundation and PDQ Printing, are displayed on all UCAT buses.
Late Bloomer Farm, Campbell Hall, NY
Sunday, November 4th, 2012
RVGA Farms to Food Pantries Gleaning
at Davenport Farm packing house, Stone Ridge
Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012, 2-5pm
Gleaning at Phillies Bridge Farm
45 Phillies Bridge Road, New Paltz
Wednesday September 19, 2012, 9am-noon
From The Ground Up /RVGA Tomato Processing
Rondout High School Cafeteria
Tuesday, September 11th, 2012, 2-5pm
Farms to Food Pantries Gleaning
at Davenport Farms, Stone Ridge
Monday, September 10th, 2012, 4-7pm
- Caring Hands Soup Kitchen (Kingston) seeks donation picker-upper Wednesdays. More info or call 331-7188.
- Healthy Kingston for Kids Projects Seeks Garden Committee Volunteers. More info or call 340-3990, ext. 334.
- Family of New Paltz seeks volunteers to coordinate a food drive. More info.
- Food Bank of the Hudson Valley – Hunger in America Study – Volunteers Needed.
- “Plant A Row for the Hungry” seeks vegetable gardeners. More info or call 340-3990.
- The Queens Galley soup kitchen is in need of a volunteer-or two that can pick up a regular donation in Kingston and deliver it to the galley. More info.
- if you can help please call 481-0331.
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Related Initiatives & volunteer opportunities
Plant a Row for the Hungry
This program asks vegetable gardeners to devote an extra row in their gardens, or bring their excess produce to Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County (CCEUC), located at 10 Westbrook Lane, in Kingston, Family of New Paltz or Caring Hands Soup Kitchen. More info. 340-3478. (DIRT).
Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work and Play (CHP) Inititiative
The CHP initiative is structured to effectuate policy, environmental and systems changes designed to improve the health and fitness of Ulster County residents by enhancing access and implementing preventive health measures in local neighborhoods and communities, such as:
- Developing and launching community initiatives to get residents to walk and bike more within safe streetscape environments;
- Supporting the proliferation of community gardens;
- Making it easier for residents to use parks via improved signage and online resources;
- Increasing healthy snacking and physical activity and decreasing screen time in for youth in day and after school care centers;
- Working with restaurants and eateries to step-up efforts in posting nutrition information;
- Launching mobile farmers markets to reach communities with less access to fresh produce;
- Launching a county-wide media campaign focused on healthier food choices and portion sizes on restaurant menus, including greater access to nutritional information;
- Working with the media to educate residents about obesity and Type 2 diabetes prevention; and
- Engaging county and community leadership to actively participate in and advocate for the project.
The initial target areas for this initiative are the communities of Ellenville, Phoenicia and the City of Kingston and successful practices are expected to be rolled out to other municipalities throughout Ulster County in successive years. The Co-lead agencies for this initiate are Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County and the Ulster County Department of Health. More info. Healthy Kingston for Kids Projects Seeks Garden Committee Volunteers
The Community and School Garden Committee of the Healthy Kingston for Kids Project seeks volunteers interested in reversing the obesity epidemic impacting Kingston’s youth. Volunteers will serve on the steering committee, which is at work on specific goals aimed at increasing the number of school and community gardens in Kingston as well as working to expand access to healthy and fresh foods. More info.
Kingston Land Trust / City Gardens / South Pine Street City Farm / The Dig Kids
Visit the Kingston City Gardens GOOGLE MAP to locate a garden project near you.
The South Pine Street City Farm is dedicated to serving as a model of urban agriculture for the city of Kingston and beyond. This small- scale market garden will show that agriculture can thrive in an urban environment while also providing important educational components to encourage other farm projects throughout urban areas. The farm and its growers will work with individuals and organizations in the community to achieve a farm and food based network. South Pine Street City Farm is a program of The Queens Galley in partnership with the Kingston Land Trust and Binnewater Ice Company. For more information, contact Jesica Clark at email@example.com call 845/380-9183 or visit their website www.southpinestreetcityfarm.blogspot.com
â€œThe Dig Kids: An Urban Farming Programâ€ for Youth will launch this year in the city of Kingston. More info. Support local farms – join a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) or shop at local farmers markets. If you are a member of a CSA, offer to transport leftover produce to your local food pantry or soup kitchen. If you have the resources, consider donating a partial share in a CSA to a family in need.
If you have a commercial kitchen, organize/donate a day to help process food so that it can be distributed year-round. If you have a freezer, a donation of storage space would also be greatly appreciated.
Rondout Valley Growers Association
From the Ground Up
Rondout Valley’s From the Ground Up was established in 2008 with a sustainable garden at the Marbletown Elementary School. In the past 3 1/2 years, this program has expanded to a district- wide farm to school effort to increase access to healthier, fresh local food in the schools while enhancing environmental and agricultural education for the district’s student population. Farm to school is an integrated approach to education that works in the cafeteria, classroom, and community. In 2011, From the Ground Up partnered with the Rondout Valley Growers Association (RVGA). This collaboration’s overarching goal is to get 30% local food into the Rondout Valley district cafeterias within the next three to five years. Volunteer garden caretakers needed to Adopt-a-Week throughout the summer; also web, computer and press support. Contact Nicci at Nicci Cagan
Farms to Food Pantries Projects & Community Gleaning Days
August, September & October. Volunteers will work in the fields harvesting seconds and other left over produce, we will also have opportunities for people to work in a processing kitchen to prepare food to give to the soup kitchens and food pantries in the area. Volunteers will also be able to take home some produce. firstname.lastname@example.org or 687-0051.
Read more about the Fall Field Gleaning for the Hungry program developed by the Ulster County Environmental Management Commission and the RVGA over the past several years
Volunteer at a local food pantry or soup kitchen – help them extend their hours, transport more fresh food, prepare additional meals. All need more volunteers to keep up with significantly increased demand.
Phillies Bridge Farm Project Farm to Families Program
The Farm to Families Program provides fresh food and a farm experience to low-income families in Ulster County. In partnership with local agencies, Phillies Bridge Farm Project distributes CSA (community supported agriculture) shares to low-income families, and also hosts a farm visit and cooking demonstrations for participants of the program. 256-9108.
Become a Volunteer Master Gardener!
Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who provide the public with gardening programs and activities that convey horticulture research and experience. Volunteers are selected and trained in all aspects of horticulture from taxonomy and plant pathology to organic gardening. Each Master Gardener must complete an initial 100 hours of research based instruction from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County and will continue to be exposed to the latest developments through a variety of educational training methods and state of the art gardening techniques. Interviews will take place in July and August. Training will begin in September at the CCEUC Education Center in Kingston. Contact Dona at 340-3990.
On Locally Grown, Fresh Food Tips
from Healthcare Communication Project
Resource Guide to Healthy Living in Ulster County