At the September 11 Clean & Green Event, the Rockefeller Foundation employees volunteered for the GCC as part of their Day of Service to the community. They arrived in the morning at the Salt Lot and after a brief orientation, split up to perform a variety of stewardship activities including composting and garden stewardship.
One group focused on turning over compost piles from bottom to top to help speed up the creation of beautiful nutritious compost. They also used the sifter to separate larger pieces of wood chips from healthy compost by hand which will be reused for newer compost piles. This created a wonderful opportunity to share everyones experiences of personal stewardship and how something as simple as composting gives nutrients back to the land.
Another set of volunteers focused on garden stewardship by removing trash, weeding and watering the native plants in the bioswales to allow them to flourish for both street beautification and stormwater absorption. This generated interest in learning about the various ways local communities are able to actively create vibrant green spaces while reducing the negative effects of water and sewershed on the Canal.
After a great day of stewardship the Rockefeller Foundation was treated to a cookout of delicious hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers and refreshments including beer generously provided by our sponsors Whole Foods Market on 3rd Street and Brooklyn Brewery. To top off the afternoon they all posed for a group photo, happy and proud to have helped Gowanus become a little greener. Rockefeller Foundation volunteers, thank you all for your service and hope you all had a wonderful experience!