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Re: pressure treated lumber

  • Subject: Re: [cg] pressure treated lumber
  • From: Adam36055@aol.com
  • Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2003 13:07:41 EDT


Never having been between that particular rock and a hard place, I don't know 
what I could tell you.  The collective "dumb-ass" of your well meaning 
teacher and extension agent is pretty shocking, though all too common - well meaning 
people taking the cheapest way out. 

Ya want to teach the kids how to garden and fight hunger, but you don't want 
them to get sick from the crap that leaches out of the wood.  Most certainly, 
you don't want them ever sawing or breathing in the dust from the PT wood. 

Maybe there's somebody on the list who knows how to contain the health risks 
of PT lumber better than me.  As much as I feel gardening with kids is 
important, their health is more important to me. 

If faced with your quandary, I'd walk and say why.  I'd also share the 
information with their parents (as a parent, I'd certainly want to know.) Maybe 
others on this list know better......

Best wishes,
Adam Honigman

<< Subj:     [cg] pressure treated lumber
 Date:  7/16/03 12:39:26 PM Eastern Daylight Time
 From:  JRussell@ifmnet.org (Justin Russell)
 Sender:    community_garden-admin@mallorn.com
 To:    community_garden@mallorn.com
 I agree that pressure treated lumber is nasty stuff, but I was put in a
 position where a teacher with a school garden and a horticultural extension
 agent agreed that it was safe to use for vegetable gardening with kids.
 Since it was not my decision to make, I had to go along with the project
 using the cheapest materials, i.e. pressure treated lumber. I wanted to
 know, is there a way to reduce the possible harm to children with these
 materials being used for raised beds?
 Thank you.
 Justin Russell
 Inter-Faith Ministries
 Campaign To End Childhood Hunger
 Gardening Projects Coordinator/ Anti-Hunger Curriculum Coordinator
 829 N. Market
 Wichita, KS   67214-3519
 (316) 264-9303 (ex.113)
 (316) 264-2233 (fax)

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