Check out the Enterprise’s great piece on the Swarm!
On Saturday, January 19, twenty volunteers from all over the county came aboard the Science Barge to help ready the floating farm for another season, which begins with opening day on Saturday, April 12. Organized by the Volunteer Center of the United Way in observance of Martin Luther King Day, the event brought all hands on deck to help get the Barge ship-shape. Bob Walters, Director of the Science Barge, noted, “MLK Day of Service is the first day of spring on the Barge, because that’s when we start getting things ready for the spring planting season.”
The volunteers, ranging in age from 9 to 50-something, worked together to clean the battery room, the hydroton pebbles used for hydroponic growing, and the hydroponic growing system.
Groundwork Hudson Valley youth accompanied GWUSA staff to Washington D.C. on January 16th to receive the “Partners in Conservation” Award from the DOI. The youth had the chance to meet Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior, as well as other high ranking officials in the DOI.
Read the whole story from Yonkers Rising:
NPR’s Morning Edition featured Groundwork Cincinnati’s efforts to uncover a local creek. The Saw Mill Daylighting got a shout out, and Ann-Marie Mitroff had her own soundbite.
“ANN-MARIE MITROFF: Beforehand, there were people who owned building, you know, along this stretch of a parking lot. It’s kind of like why would you invest around a parking lot? Now it’s a beautiful park with a river flowing through it.”
Listen to the whole story here
Urban Omnibus, a publication of the Architectural League, published this article which discusses urban rivers all over the world, and features our own Saw Mill River. The author compares Seoul, Providence and Yonkers, all of which have or downtown rivers that are becoming the center for economic development in the city. On the Saw Mill: ‘The results have been transformative. Ann-Marie Mitroff, who was pivotal in generating public enthusiasm and obtaining EPA funding as River Program Director for Groundwork Hudson Valley, says “people are amazed that it wasn’t like this before.”’ Read the full article here
The Westchester County Business Journal came out with a great piece featuring President of the Board, Robert Baron. This article describes our newest project and discusses the benefits a new greenway could have for Southwest Yonkers.
Read the full article here: 11-9-13 westchester county business journal
The Science Barge was featured in the Riverdale Press as a “Green Oasis.” The article also provides a great description of the mini-hydroponic workshops that were part of our Art and Science Sundays during 2013!
The Green Team helped to manage invasive species at Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey. Pathways Program intern at the refuge, Brittany Forslind, on her work with the crew in August:
Follow the link to read the lohud.com article, “Yonkers’ Floating Laboratory Hosts Visitors From Around the World,” from August 18–also featured in the Journal News Yonkers & Mount Vernon print edition, August 29.