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!
GWUSA is seeking to hire a Manager of Network Development and Communications! Check out this cool job in this posting here, and please note that the deadline for application is August 24, 2015: Groundwork USA Manager of Network Development and Communications 7 23 15
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.
Ever want to know how to start that greenway project, or do you dream of how a bike trail or water trail might be located along the river in your urban community? The National Park Services’ Rivers, Trails, Conservation Assistance (RTCA) program is accepting applications through August 1, 2015 to provide technical assistance to get you going. RTCA does not offer grants, but assists with planning, finding resources, building partnerships, engaging neighbors and implementing ideas to help you achieve your project. Their help has been absolutely key in many, many communities!
For Information on Applying, click here on the National Park Service website link.
A webinar about the program was conducted by NPS/RTCA staff last year for the Urban Waters Learning Network.
For more info, you can also contact:
Ann-Marie Mitroff, Groundwork USA, annmarie [at] groundworkusa.org
Diana Toledo, River Network, dtoledo [at] rivernetwork.org
Co-coordinators, Urban Waters Learning Network
Groundwork Jacksonville and the City of Jacksonville are in the process of proposing a project that will connect several parks in the area into a larger greenway. It will end up connecting the north side of the Hogan’s Creek Greenway to the S-Line Rail Trail. On June 1st, the City put their heads together with GWJ, the American Society for Landscape Architects and community members in a charrette format to discuss the project. This is the first major project that Groundwork Jacksonville, one of the newest Groundwork Trusts, is conducting.
Some of the low-hanging fruit that executive director Dawn Emerick and some community members found through the community forum included connecting existing trails on the small-scale, putting together a tree planting program and strategy and maintaining existing trails.