We have just "opened up" the garden season and compost piles together with Cornell Tech students between snow storms as we welcomed the month of March to RIGC 2019. We had "closed down" the garden together in late fall with Cornell Tech Gives Thanks on November 28th.
Cornell Tech Community Liaison Jane Swanson reached out again in February for more community service with RIGC. This time Samara Selden, Program Coordinator with Student Services and K-12 initiatives organized a group of graduate students, both masters and doctoral candidates, for a day outside volunteering together. Anthony Longo with RIGC Compost and Green RI Neighbors was ready as was Julia Ferguson with RIGC Outreach.
It had snowed in the night, but this just made the garden more beautiful. Our local cooper's hawk stopped by in a tree just before the students arrived. We had all dressed warmly and greeted each other at 10:30 a.m. and by 12:00 noon, we had made connections, talked about compost, and sifted about 16-17 cubic feet or 125 gallons of compost. These organic materials from RIGC had been "cooking" all during our mild winter and are now ready to be shared as soil amendment! There was time left over for walking about, breathing in the queit, taking pictures, and drinking some warm coffee before heading back to work on a Friday afternoon.
We look forward to more time volunteering together outside for green spaces and gardens on Roosevelt Island.