Since its startup in 2001, Groundwork Hudson Valley has spearheaded an array of local, on-the-ground projects including an outdoor classroom, a river restoration, a community supported agriculture program, the daylighting of the Saw Mill River, and the Green Team, a summer youth employment program. Each project, though varied in scope, is grounded in the belief that every community deserves not only the right to safe, green, open space but also to participate in the planning and implementation of changes made in their own back yards.