On March 24th, over 120 volunteers gave their time to help the Gowanus Canal Conservancy to clean up the Salt Lot for the first Clean & Green of 2012.

A generous donation of 100 free trees from the New York Restoration Project and MillionTrees NYC also gave community members the chance to pick up a tree absolutely free of charge. The tree species available included Winter King Southern Hawthorne, Southern Magnolia, Crape Myrtle, and River Birch.

Some of the day’s tasks included:

Weeding and picking up trash around the Salt Lot and Second Avenue Rain garden.

Building a compost sifting table to help create soil amendments.

Starting a new garden on the berm by removing large debris and creating pathways.

Organizing the nursery with recently planted yellow-twig dogwoods, eastern red cedars, and broom sedge.

Propagating new plants to add to our nursery.

Turning the compost windrow, our 20 foot food waste processor.

Thank you to all of our volunteers who came out and helped us beautify the Salt Lot, and thank you to NYRP for the tree donation!

Our next Clean & Green will be on Sunday,  April 24, from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. We will be holding a wildflower workshop as well as going around the neighborhood to take care of our local street trees and gardens. Tell all of your friends! More details to follow shortly.