Monday, December 12, 2011

HMEG in the Good 100 Challenge for 'Midway Tool Lending Library: green alleys and gardens'

Here is a chance to make something happen! The Hamline Midway Environment Group ( HMEG ) offered up this sharing idea in the Good 100 Challenge and the week of voting is nearly up.  Thursday it closes.  We have not done too much on PR here, so trailing in the pack. But who knows? If we all vote and ask another to vote too...

Regardless, Green Alleys & Tool Libraries are  great ideas and the pilots have been very encouraging (thanks to all who pitched in). The pilot was lead and planned by the Community Building Committee in Sept. Go to this post on HMEG Blog to see a recap and links to photos from that day. 



A successful pilot 'Green Alley' event in 2010 has encouraged Midway neighbors to begin forming a Tool Lending Library. Many higher cost tools such as the Weed Wrench are perfect for sharing since they are needed for short periods. The Weed Wrench removes weed trees without the need for herbicides.


The neighbors of the Hamline Midway see our pilot 'Green Alley' event and our soon-to-be-formed 'Local Food Gardening Hub' are a means to facilitate community building and sustainability within our built environment. Our pilot 'Green Alley' project engaged nearly 40 volunteers and 4 trucks toting 10 loads of brush to composting over a 5 hour period. This event required lots of tools, including the efficient, durable, but expensive, Weed Wrench. Shared community tools such as the Weed Wrench form the basis for more community engagement and provide a nexus for neighbor making. With this grant award, the Midway neighborhood will secure garden/food production tools, set-up a tool lending library and host more community greening events.



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by MNMidway Greening
 7 days ago | Reply
this event was a first for me to see . I was there watching my grandchildren and the work they did was fantastic. I was truely impressed. They took a before picture and after. what a wonderful difference and for the good,
by givinglove
 3 days ago | Reply
I am still in awe of the transformation in the alley! I hope to be part of another event!
by Epavlics
 2 days ago | Reply
This idea makes so much sense - and will save neighbors money that they can use for other beautification and place-making projects - native plants, front-yard gardens, rain gardens, etc. Can't wait to see this idea become a reality!
by aksireland
 2 days ago | Reply