News From Vale

October 7, 2014

Urban farmers at Vale

For a few years, the unused land at the Brandywine Ave. section was used as a vegetable garden for the organization Roots & Wisdom. In a grant-supported program, youths were taught agriculture, food production and nutrition. The youths participating in the program came from urban minority neighborhoods and suburban affluent neighborhoods alike.

Produce grown was sold at a Fehr Avenue stand to program subscribers. However, Roots & Wisdom ended the Vale garden due to reduction in grant support.

Transitions is now gardening in Vale. The Vale Urban Farm has an innovative model whereby people contribute eight hours per month of garden work for a percentage of what is grown. A 10 foot by 10 foot community garden plot is available to people contributing two hours of volunteer work to the large garden plot.

Produce from the garden is contributed to the Schenectady Day Nursery and City Mission's meal program. Crops grown included tomatoes, cabbage', collard, peppers, radishes, lettuce, broccoli, spinach, and arugula.
Cathy Winter is the project coordinator. For details, visit

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April 21, 2014

Transition Schenectady is partnering with Vale Cemetery to create the Vale Urban Farm.

Please consider helping by donating your time or providing financial assistance. All contributions are tax-deductible.

"All food at the Vale Urban Garden is grown organically, using no pesticides or herbicides. We work together with the cemetery, beautifying our acre to enhance this stunningly gorgeous piece of land and history in the heart of Schenectady. The cemetery is generous with its' resources, helping us out with the use of their facilities in various ways. We couldn't do it without them! Last fall, they bundled and dropped huge bales of leaves that became our winter mulch and will gradually become our fertilizer as well,, keeping them out of the landfill as they enrich our soil."

Download promotional flyer.

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March 17, 2014

The 1st Public Tour of the 2014 season at Vale Cemetery/Park will be on Sunday, April 6th at 2 p.m. Naturalist Amy Reilly Veino will narrate the walk through the 100 acre urban green space and explain the birds species, exotic trees, protected wildflowers, small animals in the park and the aquatic life in the man made lakes of the unique ecosystem.

The tour begins at 2 p.m. from the Caretaker’s House at 907 State Street. Donation $7 (children free). For more information call 346-0423.

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December 3, 2013

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As one of only two annual fundraisers, Vale Cemetery is once again offering Holiday Wreaths.

There are two sizes available, 22" and 32" inch and they a priced at $35 and $100 respectively.

All wreaths are fresh cut Balsam and will be placed on the plot(s)you specify.

You can download an order form or contact the cemetery office at (518) 346-0423 during normal business hours for more information.

Also available for download is the Fall 2013 Newsletter in PDF format.

Alternatively, you can subscribe to an infrequent -- not more than a few times a year -- electronic newsletter.

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September 6, 2013

Clark Adams has served Vale Cemetery for more than 20 years – and as superintendent since 2006.

His family lived in the Vale neighborhood and he began working part-time here while still in high school. Even as he continued his education at Union College, Clark became coordinator of the part-time workers. After earning his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, he advanced to foreman at Vale.

Breadth of Historical Knowledge

His lifelong acquaintance with Vale has resulted in his wealth of information about the cemetery and an encyclopedic knowledge of the thousands of gravesites. For example, he remembers what year each cemetery section was opened and knows the underground labyrinth of the utility and water lines. Helping those grieving

Clark is a hands-on supervisor at the crematory and a scrupulous record-keeper in strict compliance with State regulations. His reputation with Capital Region funeral directors and many outside the area is one of accountability, consistency, and compassion. He often helps them meet the special needs of grieving families. It is not uncommon for him to come in after hours – nights, weekends, or holidays – to help funeral directors or out-of-town relatives of the deceased.

Clark and his small but capable staff can be depended upon to keep the crematory operating, the cemetery equipment well maintained, the cemetery roads plowed, and the finances in proper order.

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