"Mulch" love comes to nature walk
by Kathleen Lees
Oct 24, 2012 | 1258 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
It might not have come with beer and lederhosen, but the Newtown Creek Nature Walk held an October celebration all its own — Mulchtoberfest.

The Open Space Alliance (OSA), Newtown Creek Alliance, Newtown Creek Monitoring Committee, buildOn and the Greenpoint Business Alliance joined together this past Saturday at noon to give Greenpoint's most unique park some TLC.

“This is really a gem on Newtown Creek, and we're just doing everything we can to make sure it's properly maintained,” said Kate Zidar, executive director of the Newtown Creek Alliance.

Zidar said that the Hudson River Foundation, which has helped fund various environmental projects in Greenpoint, purchased over 30 cubic yards of mulch through the OSA for the event. With the Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) permission, the organization was able to bring the mulch out of the parking lot and into the nature walk, where it could be distributed to plant areas.

Forming an assembly line, 13 students from Grand Street School in Williamsburg helped carry mulch to designated areas in conjunction with the organization buildOn, a local non-profit.

“We knew this would be a good opportunity to help through service, which is a big focus of our group,” said buildOn program coordinator Allison Gordon, who added that mulching is an easy horticultural task to complete.

“It's important that we do what resembles the natural process by mulching the beds,” said Damien Lauyer of the Newtown Creek Alliance.

As the day ended, the kids powered through half the pile. Crew will be out later in the week to tackle the rest of the terrain.

“Part of our mission is to restore, reveal and revitalize,” Zidar said. “That's what we're doing here.”
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