(Southold, New York… June 2017) Group for the East End (groupfortheeastend.org) recently completed the Building Stronger Neighborhoods Program through a grant from Long Island Community Foundation. This grant allowed Group staff to develop and implement three native planting projects in low-income communities on the East End to facilitate awareness about the local natural environment. Through this project, for which planning began in November 2016, they successfully completed a native beach grass planting at Sagg Main Beach in Southampton, a pollinator garden at Greenport School, and a garden at Remsenburg School.
Throughout May 2017, 88 students and teachers from Greenport School, as well as Group staff and volunteers, planted a pollinator garden adjacent to the school’s newly established vegetable garden. With funds from the grant, the Group purchased native plants from Glover Perennials, and plan to help with future plantings at the school in the future. The school garden will be an on-going project for the students and teachers.
“Now more than any other time in history, it has become essential to provide our young people with hands-on learning opportunities to experience the world around them. The addition of 60 native pollinator plants through a grant from Group for the East End has added the missing piece to the recently expanded Greenport Community School Garden,” says Greenport Science Technology Engineer Art and Math (STEAM) teacher Brady Wilkins. “This is a wonderful example of how local organizations such as Group for the East End can work in partnership with local communities and encourage young people to become stewards of their own environment. We must continue working together to help them love the environment before we can ask them to help save it.”
The project in Remsenburg involved 21 students and was part invasive species removal of mugwort and stinging nettle that was replaced with a vegetable garden and native plant border. The Group lead the planting efforts for the native plant border.
The Sagg Main Beach planting, which took place on April 5, 2017, included approximately 80 participants from Bridgehampton School, Southampton Intermediate, including several members of the Shinnecock Indian Nation, Ross School, and Surfrider Foundation took part. First Coastal donated more than 5,000 beach grass plugs, which not only allowed the Group to restore several sections of recently eroded beach dune, but provided the opportunity to purchase additional plants for the other two projects.
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