Urban Gardens in Newburgh

By DJacoby / May 24, 2010

The project created by Ross Topliff in Landmark’s SELP was recently spotlighted the Sentinel newspaper of Newburgh, New York. The project is to create urban gardens to feed families in need. Here is the article.

Urban Gardens Arrive in the City of Newburgh

by Courtney Bonfante

The city of Newburgh may not be known as a hotspot of horticulture, but one man is campaigning to add some green to the city’s landscape. Ross Topliff, a town of Newburgh resident, is currently enrolled in the Landmark Education Curriculum. A component to one of the courses is to reach out to people. Topliff drew upon his long-standing interest in gardening and Urban Bounty was born.

Urban Bounty is seeking to create two garden plots within the city so ten area families may grow their own produce. Topliff envisions the partipants as neighborhood residents who could walk to the garden sites, reap the benefits of fresh air and exercise, and lower their food bills by tending their plots.

The concepts and planning of Urban Bounty has been in the works since January. In addition to Topliff, Urban Bounty has the support of City Engineer Craig Marti, Debbie Lester of the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Middletown, Claude Hortsman of the Masonic Lodge and Jennifer Rawlinson of the YMCA of Greater Newburgh. One location is expeced to be in Downing Park and another site on the south side of Broadway is currently being sought.

An organizational meeting is planned for Saturday, April 17 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the new YMCA, located at 377 Broadway (next to Bank of America) where participants may meet and greet, and take part in an orientation. There are still spots available for those wishing to participate in the program. Anyone wishing to develop their green thumb may contact Urban Bounty’s family coordinator, Jennifer Rawlinson, at 845-562-1088, extension 15.

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