09/19/18 9:15am

Yesterday new benches were being installed at Safe Harbors Green Park. This is a welcome sight as the park is becoming very popular. This summer a salsa event drew over 600 visitors to the park. People need someplace to sit when they aren’t dancing. The park has become such a wonderful amenity to the community. Next summer is bound to be an amazing year!

07/18/18 11:30am

The Department of Environmental Conservation partners with Newburgh officials and volunteers to plant a tree on Liberty Street in the city as part of the NYS Urban and Community Forestry program. The program is designed to plant trees in urban settings.

02/07/17 11:55am


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.

Pages from DPUF+RFP

04/26/16 7:30am


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

Visit us on Facebook: Facebook.com/NewburghUrbanFarmingFair

02/18/16 8:53am


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!


09/25/14 7:30am

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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.

Photos © Joshua Brown

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