Developing a Foodshed to Watershed Educational Program for at-risk youth
When Amy Stock envisions the future of conservation, she sees a collection of small victories…puzzle pieces coming together to create regenerative and resilient systems that meet our basic living needs while minimizing our impact on the earth. Her vision includes urban communities where food crops grow in yards, green spaces and solar panels are commonplace, and easy-to-use and effective public transportation is accessible to all.
Amy’s role in teaching environmental studies courses, working as a freelance writer, as well as writing grants for Capital District Community Gardens and other nonprofit environmental groups has helped her position herself to enact change. As co-founder of Sustainable Saratoga, a grassroots advocacy group formed to educate the Saratoga Springs community on how to become more environmentally sustainable, she skillfully brought together many environmental experts and leaders in the community who laid the foundation for a continually growing organization engaged on many fronts in the community.
For her TogetherGreen Fellowship project she developed and delivered a Foodshed to Watershed Educational Curriculum for disadvantaged youth working on an urban farm as part of an entrepreneurial jobs training program through Capital District Community Gardens (CDCG), called The Produce Project, located in Troy, NY.
She also partnered with Rensselaer County Land Trust to host a volunteer day for stream cleanup and native plant restoration of a section of the Wynantskill Creek. She recruited 52 volunteers to participate in the volunteer cleanup event, helping to plant 300 riparian tree species, collect and remove a dumpster full of garbage, spread and prep 38 yards of compost in the community garden, prepare a 160 ft weed mulch barrier around the community garden and prep a section of the border for planting of native plants.
Her various fellowship projects will continue to incorporate field trips to Peebles Island State Park, Cohoes Falls, and the Staalesen Preserve on a regular basis, with plans to expand to some other local city parks.