The River City Garden is an urban community garden and sustainability education site that we launched in 2014 in collaboration with Hudson Urban Gardens, AmeriCorps, Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhoods, the SBK Social Justice Center, and Sweet Freedom Farm. Check out our facebook page for information about upcoming events and community workdays. Urban Gardening, Sustainability Education, and Community Food Security
Urban Garden & Environmental Education for Youth
At its heart, the River City Garden is an outdoor and community-based classroom. We began work on the garden with a group of children and teenagers in Spring 2014, when we launched our weekly after school garden program called the Roots & Rebels Garden Club. This popular drop-in after school program is now run in collaboration with the Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood. This program creatively engages young people, ages 5 and up, in the skills and methods of growing food, in thinking critically about the impact of global food systems on our communities, and in stepping up as leaders in the development of local food systems. With support form the Department of Environmental Conservation's Office of Environmental Justice, in 2018/2019 we’ll launch a major new educational initiative at the garden: a year-round Greenhouse to be staffed by local teens. Stay tuned!
Community Garden / Community Food Security.
Hudson is classified as a Food Desert by the USDA. This means that for those who do not own vehicles, affordable and quality food access is a daily issue, especially in the 2nd Ward neighborhood. The River City Garden is an intergenerational and multicultural public garden and education site, supporting 2nd ward residents to grow their own food. Currently 30 neighborhood families have plots at the garden. With support from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, we will soon be expanding the garden, building additional community garden plots to meet the demand for more growing space.
We sometimes host public community work days, meals, and garden events. To get involved in the River City Garden, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, stop by and see what we’re up to! The garden is located on 59 N. Front Street.