Mission Statement

Urban Farmers League is a youth led organization designed to combat environmental and social injustice, by creating a platform for the youth to have equal participation in the future of our community. With the creation of urban farms we not only provide a space for youth to express but we are also able to provide the community with high quality of life, mitigate environmental degradation and provide a space for organic food to flourish.


1. Create a community of youth leaders

2. Reduce ,Reuse ,Recycle

3. Beautify our community

4.Provide organically grown nutritious food to low income families and individuals

5. Provide a venue for youth culture to thrive

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Newburgh Rotary

Photo Credits: Regina McGrade

Thank you to the Newburgh Rotary for donating to our organization this year. The donation will be put to good use. The support is greatly appreciated.

All the receipts of donations from Newburgh Rotary Club. Along with the Urban Farmers League follow receipts meals on wheels, Greater Newburgh Hudson Valley Family Health Center, Safe Homes, Inspire, Big Bothers and Big Sisters of Orange County.

6th Annual Bioneers by Bay

Day 1
This year we received scholarships to attend the 6th annual Bioneers by the Bay: Connecting for Change Conference. In attendance the board members of the Urban Farmers League: Kerri, Chante, John, Victoria, We would like to thank the Youth Committee for hosting us, and the The First Unitarian Church of Fairhaven for housing house. We enjoyed connecting with youth from -F.R.E.S.H. New London- CT, UConn, Avery Point- CT , and Make Your Mark initiative ,- VT. On Friday not only did the board members enjoy a day off from school, we privileged to hear from: Alan Khazie, the ReadNex Poetry Squad, Adeola Oredola, a performance from David Densmore, Diane Wilson and Van Jones. We enjoyed an organic and local lunch , then we went to the secret language of your body with Inna Siegel, we learned about color healing and how to do some breathing exercises to energize and heal ourselves. For dinner we went to Brick and enjoyed some brick oven pizza and foccita(first time for some of us). Before going back to “home” we watched Carbon Nation. We got back to the church we really enjoyed bonding with follow youth.

Day 2:
We awake ready for an awesome breakfast. We enjoyed hearing from Micheal Ben-Eli, Annie Leondard, the Youth committee, Antiw A. Akom, and Seth Goldman. Also performances from Michaelle Saintinil Rudy Cabrera. Again enjoyed another delish lunch. After lunch we enjoyed connecting with the other youth who are at the conference by making Blankets for Nepal, Seed Boombs!, and pursues out of recycled fabric and blurp coffee bags. Then we enjoyed a concert by Readnex Poetry Squad and various other artist.
We went out to dinner with Uconn Avery Point. After that we join the rest of the youth initiative at Words Not Waste Open Mic, Jelly one the board members of the Urban Farmers League, and there many other performers.

Day 3:
Our last day, we were all pretty tired by this morning because of the all information that we heard, and all the people we were meeting. Our last morning we from Rikki Ott, and Bob Cavar about what really going on with the BP oil spill. We heard from the founder of the People’s Grocery in Oakland- Nikki Henderson; also from David deRothschild about his voyage on Plastik, and the best selling of author of 3 cups of tea, Greg Mortenson. Also performances from Tem Blessed and Emilia Dahilin.

check out our facebook page for pictures: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=235507&id=290247189855

Monday, October 18, 2010

Save the children day sponsored by Life Restoration Church

Children of all ages enjoying the festivities.
Congressman Hinchey showing his support of Save the Children event and La Vida Garden. Thank you!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Oct. 3, 2010

On Sunday October 3, 2010 Karen Meja from Congressman Hinchey’s office came to give the board members a certificate. We also harvest a lot of tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants.

The girls are harvesting the tomatoes

Calvin showing off his prefect cherry tomato that he just harvested
Karen presenting certificates from Congressman Hinchey to Angelica and John

Glynwood and Queen of the Sun

Taggart Siegel, director of Queen of Sun will John and Chante, who are both board members of the Urban Farmers League.

Kim, JOhn and Chante talking to people who are there for the viewing of the Queen of the Sun

On Friday October 1, 2010 Glynwood hosted a screening of the Queen of the Sun along with the director Taggart Siegel and the producer and editor Jon Betz. Before the film Chante and John were able to talk to the farmers at Glynwood and the film makers. Some of the proceeds from admission are going to toward the Urban Farmers League, so before the film John and Chante addressed over 75 people about what the Urban Farmers League does in the City of Newburgh. After the movie John and Chante really enjoyed meeting everyone.

Friday, September 24, 2010

"This land is your land"

"From the Youth of the Hudson Valley, a message for President Obama! From: HRSloopClearwater | September 22, 2010 | 302 views Loading... In the true spirit of our founder, Pete Seeger, Clearwater's Power of Song youth and the Urban Farmer's League of Newburgh, NY carried forward the passion and energy from the America's Great Outdoors Initiative listening sessions held this past August to create a music video. The youth worked together to create new verses to Woody Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land," to voice their policy recommendations to President Obama. As a collaborative project, Clearwater partnered with Our Hudson Tomorrow and the Electronic Music Foundation to support their efforts and produce this video featuring these young leaders"

Thursday, September 16, 2010

We are having movie nights the next three weekends. On Sunday September 19 and 26; as well October 3, 2010. Hope to see you there. If you have any question please feel free to contact Kim at either kim.bersin@gmail.com or 845 527 7826.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Harvest Party 2

The ReadNex Poetry Squad performing.
U-Nice performing

Alex Schein and DJH20 getting ready the day

Nu Fi Alpha performing
To honor those who were affected by the event on 9/11/01; we celebrated life by hosting a harvest party. We had performances by Nu Fi Alpha, U-Nice, Alex Schein,and ReadNex Poetry Squad. This event was free to public. We had over a 50 people come through the garden throughout the day. In order to help support future of the Urban Farmers League we auctioned off : rosemary, lavender, mint, basil, and tomatoes from out garden at 59 Chambers Street. The remainder was given to our neighbors.

Chante showing her pride with a temporary tattoo

John and Decora getting ready for the auction and giving away of our harvest to our neighbors
DJ H20 Around the the turn tables

Chante and Will collecting tomatoes

John harvesting tomatoes

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Press release for harvest party

La Vida garden Harvest Party

59 Chamber Street, was once abandoned garbage filled lot but now it has 7 organic beds, 3 organic fruit trees, a grape vine, and 2 raspberry bushes. There are 9 active board members from the age of 16-21. 45 neighborhood members who participate in our activities, and 5 community elders who are unofficial security guards, and about 95 facebook friends and growing.

In celebration of harvest Season, Newburgh’s La Vida Garden will be holding an end of summer harvest Festival. On September 11, 2010 from 12:00 to 3:00PM. This event is rain or shine. There will be live performances by The ReadNex Poetry Squad, DJ H20 and other local and nationally known artist. There will also be face painting and games for youth. The board of Urban Farmers League invites people from all over the Hudson Valley to perform in an open mic. In honor of harvest we will have dishes served made from produce from our farm and other local farmers along with food from The Wherehouse restaurant.

This urban community garden is a partnership between the Orange County Land Trust, Orange County Department of Health, Orange County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board, Pathstone Community Improvement of Newburgh, Greenway Environmental Services, Arts in Orange, Trust Your Struggle Art Collective, Knewton Test Prep, Leptondale Nursery, Taliaferro Farms, and Wherehouse Resturant.

For more information please feel free to contact Kim Bersin at 845-527-7826 or kim.bersin@gmail.com.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Working with Clearwater for a video for the Great American Outdoor Initiative

Vikki and Jelly of to the location of the shot.

Practicing with the young people from Clearwater and Beacon Green Teens.

Playing with Pete Seeger

Singing under a beautiful tree with Pete Seeger youth from Clearwater and Beacon Green Teen

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Because of light we had a hard time watching the movie via the projector.

In honor of Michael Jackson our guests had fun showing us our dance moves

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Warm up continuted with jumping jacks.

practicing our esquivas.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Capoeira workshop warm up

Getting ready for the workshop by using lotus essential oil

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Due to the pending rain the workshop today at noon has been cancelled.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Tuesday 8/24/10

Weather permitting we will be having a capoeira workshop in La Vida garden tomorrow(Tuesday August 24,2010) at noon. Please bring water and a mat if you have one. For more information please feel free to contact Kim Bersin at 845 527 7826 or email kim.bersin@gmail.com

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Due to rain movie night is cancelled tonight.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Upcoming events the week of August 22,2010

Weather permitting on Sunday we are having movie night at 7pm.
On Tuesday 24, 2010 we are having a capiera workshop at noon at the garden. Both events are held at La Vida Garden (on the corner of First and Chambers Street). These event is free and open to the public. For more infomation please feel free to contact Kim Bersin at 845.527.7826

On Tuesday August 16,2010 we had open mic night

We had a few guests come from Kingston Land Trust to come and learn about what we do in Newburgh. Their young children performed in our mic night by doing some free flowing and interruptive dance.

Rebecca from the Kingston Land Trust is interviewing Angelica. In the background we are being a dazzled by a great dance.

Earth Rhythms

Kerri and Chante were at Newburgh Jazz Series Earth Rhythms talking to people about the Urban Farmers League.

Memorial for young people who we lost to violence on August 10,2010

A couple doors away from La Vida garden a 10 year old boy was killed by an accidental shooting. The board members wanted to remember our young neighbor by lighting candles in memory of Brandon.

Chante getting ready for the memorial

Lighting candles for the young people we lost to violence.

Getting ready for placing the candle to Brandon's memorial

Our candles placed at Brandon's memorial

Monday, August 9, 2010

Movie night

Yesterday we had movie night after cancelling it twice due to concerns with the weather. The next movie night August 15, keep posted for updates .

Tasting a peach from La Vida

Harvesting tomatoes

Our First Open Mic

On Tuesday we had our first open mic night. After the performances we went to National Night Out. Our next open mic is August 17.

Look at Chante free styling.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Bike Newburgh

Hi, folks. I know it’s been a while, so here’s the latest from BikeNewburgh:

What we’ve been doing:

Since May, we’ve held five great repair sessions in front of the church on South Street. We met lots of children, adults and families, some from across the street and some from Cornwall and New Windsor. We repaired a lot of brakes, fixed a lot of tires, and made many new friends. In July, we were invited to host weekly community repair sessions at the Urban Farmers League garden at 59 Chambers Street.

There we found more kids and more bikes than two of us could possibly handle. For all its challenges though, Chambers Street has been blessed – with fathers and uncles who share their love of kids and community and pick up a wrench and help out for hours on end, with moms who come and teach patience, and with children who smile and share and trust.

We’ve made a commitment to continue at 59 Chambers Street through the month of August, and hope to resume our sessions on South Street in the next two weeks.

It has been your gracious generosity and your amazing ability to involve friends and community from a larger area that has made this possible, and we are grateful for all you have done so far. Thank you. Since the very beginning folks have asked us what we need. Now that we’ve been on the street, we can see more clearly what we need.

What we need:

Brakes. The number one safety item is functioning brakes. We’ve had some parts donated, but our best source of brake parts has been recycled from donated bikes. Which means we need…
Space. Your ability to donate bikes has been way beyond our ability to take them in, up until now. We are looking for some secure, ground-level space to store donated bikes. If you have vacant space or know someone who does, please contact me. If that space (or spaces) also leaves room to work, that’s even better. Then we can work with…
Volunteers. Cleaning and repairing donated bikes and harvested parts takes time and patience. It is also a great way to teach and learn the basics of bike maintenance and repair. If you have patience, the ability to teach or the desire to learn, and a little bit of time, we need you. Email to john@bikenewburgh.org or come to our open house.
Helmets. One of our volunteers just donated more than a dozen brand new helmets, in assorted kids’ sizes. It’s tough to get kids to wear them all the time, but it is irresponsible not to try.

How you can help:
Join us for an open house, discussion, story telling and planning meeting from 6:30 to 8:00 Tuesday night, August 10, at Calvary Presbyterian Church, 120 South Street, Newburgh. We’ll be indoors, serving up some Iced Tea and snacks, and maybe patching some inner tubes. If you can’t be there, have questions or comments, or want to help in any way, please email or leave a message at 562-8730. Thanks!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Newburgh urban farm's launch draws big crowd


By Michael Randall
Published: 2:00 AM - 07/27/10
City of Newburgh – More than 100 people attended Saturday's opening of La Vida Garden, a youth-run urban farm created on a formerly abandoned lot at 59 Chambers St.
The site has been converted into an organic farm and cultural center by city youth.
It features organically grown tomatoes, eggplant, arugula, basil, mescaline mix, hot and sweet peppers, peaches, cherries, raspberries, grapes, flowers and herbs.
A graffiti mural done by the youth and professional artists who belong to Trust Your Struggle Art Collective decorates the site.
La Vida Garden will host events, including open mic nights on the first and third Tuesday of each month; a movie night every Sunday; and workshops every second and fourth Tuesday at noon.
The garden is a partnership among a dozen government and not-for-profit agencies and local businesses.
For more information, visit their website at www.urbanfarmersleague.blogspot.com.

Nora Cronin

Yesterday we talked to Nora Cronin leadership about organic food, and what the attenees can change their neighbrohoods.

Monday, July 26, 2010

July 25, 2010

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Youth run urban farm opens in Newburgh

Urban farmers take a moment to pose in their new garden
NEWBURGH – It’s called la Vida Garden, a youth run urban farm at 59 Chambers Street in Newburgh.

The once garbage strewn lot has been transformed into an organic farm and cultural center by inner city youth. It now is filled with seven organically grown beds of tomatoes, eggplants, arugula, basil, mescaline mix, hot and sweet peppers, peaches and cherries, raspberries, grapes, flowers and herbs.

La Vida Garden will also serve as a cultural venue with open mic nights and a Sunday movie night as well as workshops.

The garden is a partnership between the Orange County Land Trust, Orange County Health Department, Orange County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board, Pathstone Community Improvement of Newburgh, Greenway Environmental Services, the City of Newburgh, Arts in Orange, Trust Your Struggle Art Collective, Knewton Test Prep, Leptondale Nursery, Taliaferro Farms, and Wherehouse Restaurant.


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The Opening was amazing check it out for yourself


Thursday, July 22, 2010

Press Release
Youth Run Farm in the City of Newburgh Opens !

For Immediate Release: Contact:
July 22, 2010 Kim Bersin 845.527.7826

Date: Saturday July 24,2010
Where: La Vida Garden (59 Chambers, which is one the corner of First and Chambers Streets). This space is run by the board of the Urban Famers League, which are group of 9 youth from 16-21 years old.
Time: 4-8pm
Activities: DJ, Performances, and food
It is open to everyone

“As youth in the community, we are tired of the negative stereotypes that are applied to us. The perception of a few does not determine the action of the whole. We are creative individuals who intend on using our voices and opinions to educate and better our neighborhoods. Our youth farm will be a venue for community education.” That was our statement a month ago, since then we have built raised beds, laid down landscape fabric, spread four tons of soil and mulch, and planted. We are currently growing organic: tomatoes, egg plants, hot and sweet peppers, grapes, basil, mint, lavender, marigolds, arugula, mescaline mix, peaches, raspberries, and various flowers. Not only are we a space that grows food, we are cultural venue-starting on Sunday 25,2010 we will being a showing films every Sunday around 7pm. Every first and third Tuesday will be open mics 7-9pm. Every second and fourth Tuesday at noon we will have workshops.

This urban community garden is a partnership between the Orange County Land Trust, Orange County Department of Health, Orange County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board, Pathstone Community Improvement of Newburgh, Greenway Environmental Services, City of Newburgh Arts in Orange, Trust Your Struggle Art Collective, Knewton Test Prep, Leptondale Nursery, Taliaferro Farms, and Wherehouse Resturant.

If you have any question please feel free to contact Kim 845.527.7826, also please check out our websites urbanfarmersleague.blogspot.com or http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/pages/Urban-Farmers-League/290247189855?ref=ts.
We cannot wait to see you there!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Opening is July 24- see you there!!!!!