Transforming any urban area into a more green environment is no easy task, nevermind Manhattan. With so many aspects of daily life in need of changing to secure a more clean and healthy life for future generations, it’s difficult to know where to start and, of course, how to engage the local community.
But hands-on nonprofit GrowNYC embraces the challenge of a greener New York. Over the last 40 years the organization has led the way in sowing the seeds of a more sustainable way of life in the city, improving communities block by block through its engaging environmental programs.
GrowNYC welcomes any extra help it can get to keep its many projects going from year to year, and our New York office was delighted to lend a hand and get their Pledge 1% initiative off the ground with such a valuable cause.
To this end, a group of eager Qubytes hopped on a ferry and headed to Governors Island Teaching Garden for the day this May. This 8,000 square foot urban farm is dedicated to educating and exciting its visitors, old and young, through hands-on workshops on all things sustainable and healthy, from farming and gardening to cooking and eating.
The team was kept busy all day building new raised farm rows and trellises for the garden as well as making homemade soil. They also helped tidy up the fields and watered the edible garden (while trying very hard not to eat anything in the process!). It wasn’t all hard work, however, as the team was also able to feed the resident baby goats! After a day in the hot sun, the team were treated to some home-grown kale chips cooked up in a solar oven. It was a perfect day on the farm and the start of long-term partnership!