The Conservancy celebrated this year’s Earth Day (April 22) with National Grid! 40 employee volunteers spent a few hours composting, caring for street trees along 2nd Avenue, and stewarding the guerrilla garden by the new Whole Foods Market on 3rd Street and 3rd Avenue.

Let these photos tell the rest of the story!

The Salt Lot underwent a little decorating to set a stage for the morning's speeches.

The Salt Lot underwent a little decorating to set a stage for the morning’s speeches.

L-R: Conservancy Executive Director Hans Hesselein, D39 Councilmember Brad Lander, Congresswoman Nydia Velasquez, Conservancy Board Chairman Andy Simons, National Grid President Rudy Wynter

L-R: Conservancy Executive Director Hans Hesselein, D39 Councilmember Brad Lander, Congresswoman Nydia Velasquez, Conservancy Board Chairman Andy Simons, National Grid President Rudy Wynter

Clockwise from upper-left: Director Hesselein, President Wynter, Congresswoman Velasquez and Councilmember Lander  delivered opening speeches introducing the Canal, praising the two organizations' 6 year partnership, lauding the volunteers for their service, and emphasizing the push for more environmental education.

Clockwise from upper-left: Director Hesselein, President Wynter, Congresswoman Velasquez and Councilmember Lander delivered opening speeches introducing the Canal, praising the two organizations’ 6 year partnership, lauding the volunteers for their service, and emphasizing the push for increaesd environmental education.

National Grid employee volunteers were briefed on safety before breaking out into groups.

National Grid employee volunteers were briefed on safety before breaking out into groups.

Director of Education Programs Christine Petro assists a volunteer by the soil and compost sifting area.

Director of Education Programs Christine Petro assists a volunteer by the soil and compost sifting area.

Mr. Wynter lending a hand in turning the compost windrow.

Mr. Wynter lending a hand in turning the compost windrow.

Shoveling compost for the nursery and windrow.

Gathering compost to be distributed to tree beds and the 3rd Street Garden.

Sifting out fine soil and compost for use in our wildflower planters!

Sifting out fine soil and compost for use in our wildflower planters!

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Adding compost to tree beds to treat the soil and cultivate tree growth for the new spring season.

Adding compost to tree beds to treat the soil and cultivate tree growth for the new spring season.

Smile, everyone!

Smile, everyone!

Photos by Jason Diaz.

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