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lead/arsenic in soil

  • Subject: [cg] lead/arsenic in soil
  • From: Jen Dodd jkdodd@juno.com
  • Date: Tue, 10 Dec 2002 15:24:23 GMT

i'm fairly new as community garden coordinator and trying to build a program for our county.

most urban garden sites have previously had homes on site.
anyone know of a good process for dealing with lead/arsenic in the garden soil?
our soil is very SANDY.
tests reveal that some areas in the gardens are near 'danger' levels of lead/arsenic.

i don't want to encourage some sort of 'fear of soil' , or of 'growing food'  among gardeners.
i suppose a wise process would be to build raised beds and bring in the compost?

who out there has a good process of dealing with this issue?
are there any horror stories relating to this issue, in the history of urban gardening?

thanks a lot.

jen dodd
americorps/neighborhood nutrition network/gainesville, florida

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