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This year's Green Alley Makeover Day is scheduled for Saturday, September 22, 2012 from 9:00am to 1:00pm, the same day as the Ward 4 Neighborhood Clean Up at the State Fairgrounds. You can host a Green Alley Makeover in your alley with or without help from HMC's staff and Community Building Committee and the Hamline Midway Environmental Group. Download an organizing packet, or pick one up from the HMC office. If you would like assistance with your project, complete the application packet by Wednesday, August 22 at 5:00pm. If you are not receiving volunteer assistance, you may host your event any day and time. Organizers of Green Alley Makeovers will be entered to win a $100 gift certificate to Custom Drapery & Blinds!
What is a Green Alley Makeover? It’s a day to work together with your neighbors to plant, weed, and beautify your alley! Swap plants; haul away brush, compost, and waste, plant natives, ornamentals, or edibles; and top it off with a community potluck. You and your neighbors may have other creative ideas as well, such as traffic calming, artwork, and arbors. See photos and a summary of the 2011 Green Alley Makeover here.
What does it mean to "green" your alley? Residents recently packed the Hamline Midway Coalition's conference room in April of 2011 to explore this question, share ideas, and hear from experts in water quality and horticulture. The Hamline Midway Coalition's Community Building Committee (CBC), in partnership with the Hamline Midway Environment Group (HMEG), is supporting residents who want to improve their alleys for water quality, safety, food production, and aesthetics. Residents who get their neighbors on board with a green alley vision can get organizing help and volunteer assistance on alley work days from the CBC and HMEG. Contact us for more information.