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......
<< Subj: [cg] pressure treated lumber
Date: 7/16/03 12:39:26 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From: JRussell@ifmnet.org (Justin Russell)
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?
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