Groundwork Denver is running a campaign to raise funds for their Groundwork Greens project – a unique social enterprise greenhouse that will provide meaningful job training to low-income Denver youth while producing 10,000 pounds of food per year. Check out this ioby campaign here, where you can read more about the project and contribute.
Groundwork Jacksonville, one of our newest Trusts to join the GWUSA network, has been busy working on all kinds of exciting projects with its first-ever Green Team this summer. Read here about Eduardo Soriano-Guzman, a GWJAX Green Team-er, excited to head out on a one-week trip to Yellowstone National Park, along with other Groundwork Green Team members from across the country!
Check out the job description here, and please note the deadline for applications is: August 15, 2015: GWWC_Hiring ED Notice
Groundwork Dona Ana made headlines again in Las Cruces newspaper in late June for the great work they are completing through a partnership with Las Cruces Utilities Water Conservation Program and the City of Las Cruces, NM.
15 Green Team members are conducting irrigation audits at parks all over the city this summer and into the fall. These audits include assessing the soil moisture and taking soil samples. The skills that these teenagers learn through the program can help them in the future job acquisition. The goal of the partnership is to match the needs of the city with the need for job training in the Water Conservation Program and provide extra skills to Groundwork teens in New Mexico.
To read more about Groundwork Dona Ana’s involvement in water conservation and irrigation audits, click here.
Photo credit: Suzanne Michaels
“He who makes his hand touch the soil can never go hungry.”
– Jacob Okam’s mother
Groundwork Elizabeth and its partner, Kean University, were mentioned in a recent New York Times article as an optimal farm for new urban farmer, Jacob Okam. Okam is an immigrant who has learned some of the best farming practices from FARMroots, a NYC farmer development program, and Brooklyn Botanical Garden. He has come to the Kean University farm, that is run in conjunction with Groundwork Elizabeth and its Come Grow With Me program, to grow a larger crop of Nigerian produce. International produce, especially those which are from Nigeria, are hard to find fresh in the United States. Many immigrants try to grow their own by bringing their own seeds. Okam is attempting to produce crop enough to sell to African food stores in New York City.
To find out more, read here.
To read more about Come Grow With Us and the community-university partnership, read here.
Photo credit: Bryan Anselm, New York Times
Groundwork Doña Ana was highlighted in Las Cruces Sun News on June 22nd for their Green Team work. The newspaper focused on how Groundwork is arming their youth (ages 16-25) for the future through opportunities and skill building. “You actually really do carry everything you learn in Groundwork into anything you do in the future, whether it be a computer software developer, you learn skills that are necessary in future goals that you might have,” says Green Team member, José Ortiz.
To read more, click here.
Groundwork Milwaukee was recognized by their local CBS News station on June 7th for their “Peace Through Paint” artwork that was put up in local urban community gardens. Each painting has a very special meaning and positive message behind the art and are “from the neighborhood, by the neighborhood and to the neighborhood”. Youth leader and Urban Gardens director, Antoine Carter says that they highlight leadership and “give little sparkles of hope” to the community.
To view the CBS video, click here.
Usually, Memorial Day weekend is a time to hang out with friends and family, grill and honor our fallen troops. However this Memorial Day, Groundwork Hudson Valley spent the weekend working at Fire Island National Seashore.
15 Green Team youth and four youth leaders headed out of Yonkers and out to Long Island to restore a historic boathouse that was once used by the lighthouse keeper at Fire Island National Seashore. The youth spent the weekend scraping away the existing paint and priming the exterior. They then painted the boathouse to look good as new! Great job Groundwork Hudson-Valley!
Check out the before and after pictures below!
Youth from Groundwork Anacostia River – D.C.‘s Green Team students have become citizen scientists, according to the Washington Post. These D.C. teens been working with the Smithsonian Institute’s eMammal project, which not only trains citizens to use animal tracking cameras but also to gather data for a modern data collection. This collection also aims to bring in data from urban areas, like the neighborhoods around the Anacostia River.
Green Team students joined a Smithsonian wildlife biologist and other citizen volunteers to check on the animal cameras and to download the photographic information that the cameras took. They were able to identify deer, wild turkeys, squirrels, raccoons, a possum and a red fox.
Read more about the GWARDC Green Team students working in the field in the Washington Post article here.