The Newburgh Community Land Bank in cooperation with the City of Newburgh is seeking proposals for the development and operation of Downing Park Urban Farm for 2017. As can be seen on the map below, the 2+ acre site is adjacent to Downing Park. It is fenced in, and for the past 18 months repairs have been made. Also, old construction debris and hazardous materials have been removed. The goal is to create a youth-based urban farm project that creates personal and social change through agriculture, imitating similar projects in Boston and New Orleans.
This RFP is for development and programming at Downing Park Urban Farm from March through December of this year, 2017. Proposals are due no later than March 1, 2017 12:00PM. You can find out more details by looking at the official RFP.
Newburgh’s First-Ever Urban Farming Fair Coming April 30!
Urban Farmer Karen Washington Keynoter at Armory Kick-off 4/29
Newburgh Urban Farming Fair, a two-day celebration of fresh, local food, will be held in the City of Newburgh April 29-30, 2016. The outdoor Fair on Sat. April 30 will celebrate urban farming with local exhibitors, crafts and family fun. An opening reception at Newburgh Armory on Fri. Apr. 29 will feature a keynote address by Urban Farmer and Food Justice Advocate Karen Washington.
The event, a collaboration of a wide array of community organizations, will highlight the goal of increasing city residents’ access to healthy food while revitalizing the economic and social vitality of the community.
The Newburgh Urban Farming Fair on Apr. 30 will be held rain or shine at the Safe Harbor Green on the corner of Broadway and Liberty Street, in the City of Newburgh, from Noon to 5:00PM. The opening reception on April 29 will take place at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center at 321 S William Street at 7:00PM. Both events are open to the community and free of charge.
Attendees at Newburgh Urban Farming Fair will learn about gardening and farming in an urban setting, and practical tips about what they can do in their own neighborhoods and backyards. The Fair will include attractions for all ages: a puppet show by Arm of the Sea, tips on worm composting from the Orange County Arboretum, crafts and seed planting projects by Hudson Valley Seed and Michael’s, and a Food Waste Reduction demonstration by the USEPA. At the opening reception on Apr. 29, keynoter Karen Washington will address the need to build a resilient and just food system for all residents of the City of Newburgh.
WHO WE ARE: Newburgh Urban Farming Fair is a collaboration of the Orange County Land Trust, the Downing Park Greenhouse Project, Latinos Unidos, NHS Center for Hope, La Vida Garden, The Armory Unity Center Garden, Newburgh Community Land Bank, Hudson Valley Seed, Orange County Cornell Cooperative Extension, Newburgh Free Library, Orange County Department of Health, St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, and Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Center
People often ask me ways they can financially support efforts to bring back the City of Newburgh. Yesterday, a campaign was announced to raise funds to bring back to life an empty lot that is located at the corner of Broadway and Liberty Street by Safe Harbors of the Hudson.
They are calling it Safe Harbors Green, an innovative, green space in the center of Newburgh’s downtown that will serve as a fully accessible urban park; an animated gathering place for markets, festivals, public art and performance, community connection, contemplation and recreation.
An Indiegogo page has been set up to collect the remaining donations needed to make this park a reality. You can also donate through the Safe Harbors website, or by mailing them a check.
Construction is scheduled to begin May 2, and completion is anticipated by the fall. The future park is in a critical location for the City of Newburgh. Located at the crossroads of the two major streets of Newburgh’s revitalization, this park will fully represent what it has naturally become – a gathering place in the heart of the city. Make your donation today!
Fall is in the air. That means mums, sunflowers, and daisies. Joshua Brown has already starting adding some of these flowers to his urban garden in the Heights. Not only do they make his house look amazing, they uplift the neighborhood as well. Wouldn’t it be great if more neighbors caught the gardening bug? The Vespa isn’t so bad either.
This press release was just received and it’s too good not to share. You must be part of a garden organization. Get your free bulbs to make Newburgh beautiful!
We at Hudson Valley Garden Association love spring bulbs for being a low maintenance, cost effective way to add early flowers to the garden that return year after year. Our two newest programs – the Bulb Donation Project and Bonus Bulbs – provide an opportunity for garden organizations and civic groups who perform public planting in our communities to receive free bulbs donated by HVGA. These programs coincide with our second annual Bulb Sale fundraiser and free bulb classes.
We’re excited to make these donations, and wanted to make sure your organization and community did not miss out on this opportunity! Links are provided to all relevant forms and information, but please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have further questions.
Bulb Donation Project
Hudson Valley Garden Association will donate bulbs to one Mid-Hudson Valley not-for-profit garden or civic organization per county (Orange, Ulster, Dutchess, Putnam) for public planting and civic beautification purposes. Bulb packages include:
– 25 Allium “Purple Sensation” – Showstopping, 4” violet-purple globes bloom in May.
– 600 Daffodil “Dutch Master” – The best classic yellow daffodil available.
– 250 Grape Hyacinths – Blue, low-growing favorite is great with daffodils or along paths.
This program is co-sponsored by ADR Bulbs, one of the nation’s biggest importers of flower bulbs located in Chester, NY.
Hudson Valley Garden Association will donate an additional 100 daffodil bulbs to up to five Mid-Hudson Valley not-for-profit garden or civic organizations that place bulb fundraiser orders of $75 or more for public planting purposes. Orders can be placed online or by mail.
Spring Blooming Bulbs Class – FREE!
Learn how to select, plant and care for spring bulbs. This class will introduce gardeners to the wide variety of bulbs that thrive in Hudson Valley gardens and offer design tips on where and how to incorporate bulbs into your existing garden for greatest effect. Presentation is for both experienced and beginner gardeners. Pre-registration required, space is limited.
– Sunday, October 5th, 2014 at 10am: Montgomery Place, Red Hook, NY. Register here.
– Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at 10am: Chester Public Library, Chester, NY. Register here.
With the support of Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Land Bank is going to be sprucing up La Vida Community Garden on the corner of Chambers and First and is seeking individuals and families to participate! The beds will cost $10 for the season and everything will be provided–seeds, water, tools, and technical support from Cornell Master Gardeners. All skill levels are welcome! Anyone interested can email email@example.com or leave a message at 845-569-7350.