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The Clean & Green on Sunday, October 21st combined tree giveaways, rain garden work, and composting. The event garnered roughly 80 volunteers of all ages and the Salt Lot was full of activity throughout the afternoon; weeding near the Salt Lot fence, seeding in our Native Seed Restoration plots, creating a path in the Salt Lot rain garden, composting, and many more activities kept the volunteers busy.

In conjunction with MillionTreesNYC, the New York Restoration Project, and BuilditGreen!NYC, trees were given away till mid afternoon. They will all be planted within the five boroughs, further greening our city!

Happy volunteers!

A beautiful composting windrow under way:

Volunteers worked all day to weed, pave, and maintain the overrun rain garden. The results were astounding:

The tree giveaway resulted in many happy new tree owners!

We will be having another tree giveaway consecutively at our November 18th Compost Windrow build, at the Salt Lot from 11 am to 3 pm. Email Natasia at to get more details.

With all the hard work, a break was truly deserved; here, our resident education and composting expert Christine Petro gets creative.

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UPDATE: Although the flooding during Hurricane Sandy did contaminate much of the work that was done this day, the compost was deemed salvageable–however, we will be using it only our Salt Lot site. The rain garden that was built mostly remains intact, highlighting the native species’ adaptability to a saltwater/freshwater inundating environment.


The 2012 Clean & Green season is upon us! We have some wonderful projects this year that we are really excited about. They range from moss graffiti workshops to cleaning up street ends and installing new street trees. We will be releasing locations for all of these events within the next couple of weeks.

The schedule is as follows:

Saturday, March 24: Tree giveaway and Spring Cleaning at the Salt Lot and 2nd Avenue rain garden

Sunday, April 22: Street tree and garden stewardship and wildflower workshop

Saturday, May 26: Ennis Park and street tree stewardship, new garden installation and moss graffiti workshop

Sunday, June 17: Native plant propagation workshop and Broom corn planiting

Saturday, July 28: Street end cleaning and existing garden stewardship

Sunday, August 19: Floating Gardens launch party and Heron platform installation

Saturday, September 22: New street tree installation and new garden installation at the Salt Lot

Sunday, October 21: New garden installation at Degraw Street

Saturday, November 17: Degraw Street garden install Day 2, plant propagation workshop