Urban gardening, sustainability education, and community food security
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 the most current information about upcoming events and community workdays. The River City Garden has been made possible by support from the United Way of Columbia and Greene Counties and the Green Pastures Fund of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.
Garden Education / Urban Environmental Education for youth
We began work on the garden with a group of children and teenagers in Spring 2014, during a weekly youth program called the Roots & Rebels Garden Club, which we've run every Spring and Fall season since. This popular drop-in after school program for kids of all ages is now run in collaboration with the Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood. Learn more about the Roots & Rebels Garden Club on our programs page. Each summer we also lead a 5-week leadership training for teenagers called the Social Justice Leadership Academy, in which participants spend time at the River City Garden, and investigate issues of food access and security in Hudson. It is our goal to creatively engage young people 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 Dept. of Environmental Conservation's Office of Environmental Justice, we'll soon launch a major new educational initiative at the garden called the North Bay ReGeneration Project - 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. Kite's Nest is leading a collaborative and community-based effort to maintain and grow the River City Garden, a place for families in the neighborhood to have their own garden plots. Currently thirty neighborhood families have plots at the garden. By helping to build an intergenerational, multicultural public garden and education site, we are working to be a part of positive and equitable neighborhood development in Hudson.
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.