The Kingston City Garden Coalition Meets in January

Gardens Coalition Meeting Set for Jan. 19

Calling all volunteers interested in working on community and school gardens! The Kingston City Gardens Coalition is holding its first meeting of 2011 on Wednesday, January 19, at 6 p.m., at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County offices located at 10 Westbrook Lane, Kingston, N.Y.

The meeting will offer a chance for volunteers interested in working on community gardens to connect with others who are already at work on school and community garden projects in Kingston. Groups or project leaders who have community and school gardens planned for 2011 should attend as a way to connect with other project leaders as well as with potential volunteers. Attendees will also have an opportunity to discuss their vision for community and school gardens in 2011.

The Kingston Citywide Gardens Coalition is comprised of citizens, educators and community leaders who are involved in a variety of school and community garden projects in and around the City of Kingston, NY. The coalition meets monthly to hold gardening workshops and skillshares and to offer support of community and school garden projects. Members of the coalition include citizen volunteers from Kingston as well as project leaders and volunteers from the New York City DEP, the Kingston Land Trust, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County, Kingston City Schools, Bard College, the Healthy Kingston for Kids Project, and the Ulster County Bar Association, among others.

For more information about the meeting on January 19, contact Arthur Zaczkiewicz via email at or by calling 845.340.3990, ext. 334.

Kings Inn Will Be BAK Focus in 2011

By Rebecca Martin

Are you familiar with Patrice Courtney Strong? If you are not, she not only operates New York Energy $mart Communities in Kingston, but she is a strong advocate for many positive initiatives, including the Main Street Manager program that runs out of her headquarters at 446 Broadway in Kingston.

I recently received one of her blasts noting that Kings Inn was to be a BAK (Business Alliance of Kingston) focus in 2011. The next meeting is on January 18th.  Try to attend if you are interested in the future of this project. Here are the details:

Read the NEWSLETTER and take the survey.

Please join us on Tuesday, January 18th, 5pm at our new headquarters, 446 Broadway for BAK’s first meeting of the new year. We’ll be looking for your suggestions as we sketch out our direction for the new year.

We’ve come to believe that formation of a Business Improvement District would be the best way to work on the goals we’ve set out, below. In 2011, we’ll move much closer to making that a reality. Please join us to learn how you can participate, and how to make your voice heard.


Patrice Courtney StrongPresident, Business Alliance of Kingston