|Ms. Coven, |
Your garden may be in a nicer place than the community gardens where I have been digging and growing over the last 30 years in Manhattan, or have a variety of street life that differs from what we we have in the Big Apple.
As long as there are people walking dogs, motorists emptying their detrius by the curb (garbage, motor oil, etc) and male humans who wish to exrete the beer they have been drinking - also known as, "watering the plants," - prudent gardeners plant the food growing sections of the garden away from where these activities may occur.
You have to ask yourself, honestly, would I feed myself, or my child veggies from this plot, or let garden in it without gloves.
While my comments are based on empirical observation, and not scientific study, they may be useful to your planning group.
Clinton Community Garden
Subj: [cg] Growing edibles on streetsides
Date: 2/10/04 2:50:50 PM Eastern Standard Time
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There has been recent discussion with growing concern about growing
edibles in the area between the street and the sidewalk in my community.
I have been trying to find substantial research on the risks of eating
food grown in this area or so close to the street. Perhaps there are no
known risks or even ill effects but I also have not found any community
that supports and encourages urban dwellers to grow food in these areas.
I appreciate all the feedback and direction that anyone may have on
Conservation Legacy Program
Burlington Area Community Gardens
Burlington Parks and Recreation Department
645 Pine Street, Suite B
Burlington, Vermont 05401