Uptown Summer 2012: Neighborhood Chef

Uptown Summer 2012: Neighborhood Chef

A collaboration of Troy Bike Rescue, Collard City Growers, Missing Link Street Ministry and Youth Media Sanctuary.

Uptown Summer is a 5-week series of activities for young people in North Troy, NY. Participants gain hands-on experience gardening in the Collard City Growers lot, fixing bikes and learning bike maintenance at Troy Bike Rescue, cooking and sharing food in “DIY SnackShops” at the garden and in the Sanctuary Kitchen, and documenting their experiences through digital storytelling and media production techniques with Youth Media Sanctuary.  Tuesdays are “Do-It-Yourself Day,” and everyday there are three meals offered at the Missing Link Street Ministry.  Uptown Summer unites resources and connects the sites of these four community programs, all located within one block on 6th Avenue.

Check out the videos they created! Watch the entire Uptown Summer 2012 Video playlist here:

Plus, the Uptown Summer youth took a field trip to WGXC Radio Station in Hudson, traveled from North Troy NY to WGXC’s Hudson studio on August 20, 2012 to learn about community radio and share their ideas about youth in the media.

Music by Taina Asili y la Bande Rebelde www.tainaasili.com
Edited by Ethan Seeley

And for a final field trip, they journeyed from the food desert of North Central Troy to the hills of Rensselaer County to see the community-supported agriculture operation at Soul Fire Farm!

North Central Troy Meets Soul Fire Farm, video by Youth Media Sanctuary
with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Uptown Summer 2012 Participants

“Neighborhood ChefProducer/Curator Ellie Markovitch


Ellie Markovitch

Branda Miller

Andrew Lynn

Troy Pohl


Denise Delvalle

Greg Darnley

Kira Derocher

Sanctuary Interns

John Gehrlein


Patrick Dodson

Vanessa Foster

Allie Untracht


Jonathan Segol, KitchenSanctuary

Steve Pierce

Abby Lublin

Nancy Weber

Caryn Halle

Mary Vickerman

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