Chattanooga’s Clean and Green is a yearly community action day that aims to intentionally create a better future for the city right now – whether that’s something left from years before or catching problems before they even have the chance to escalate. From planting to graffiti removal volunteers fill the city to give back to the community they love. River City Company initiated Clean and Green in 2011, and the tradition continues to beautify Chattanooga.

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This year Joel Tippens of Grow Hope Urban Farm successfully advocated for his East Chattanooga community garden to be a 2018 Clean and Green special project site. He partnered with the Glass Street neighborhood and volunteers from Cigna to plant hearty herbs like sage that won’t require massive maintenance or water to sustain growth. Joel grew the starts over at Grow Hope Urban farm and donated his plants and time because of his commitment to connect neighbors to healthy sustainable food sources.

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After taking advantage of the beautiful bright day to generously donate their time with the Glass Street planter box project the volunteers finished the day by weeding and planting with Joel in his garden. We are so grateful to the organizers of Clean and Green 2018 as well as Joel Tippens and volunteers from Cigna who all made this project possible. See you all again next year!

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