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RE: RE: More on Allergy-Free Gardening>


The stuff is all bad. It does require all out neighborhood activism on all
fronts to deal with asthma ( and it is exhausting - it's like having a
second and third job.) We work with the Lower East Side group "We Can't
Breathe." Here's how we walk the walk against particulate  pollution, killer
traffic, overdevelopment in Hell's Kitchen. 

Is it all related to community gardening? Not all, but if the community is
sick from fumes, the community garden can't be much better. Here's the
Hell's Kitchen net website: http://hellskitchen.net/

Happy gardening, organizing ( and Happy Halloween while I'm at it.) 


> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Laura Berman [SMTP:laura@foodshare.net]
> Sent:	Thursday, October 19, 2000 7:39 PM
> To:	community_garden@mallorn.com
> Subject:	[cg] RE:  More on Allergy-Free Gardening>
> More on Asthma:
> I developed asthma as an adult as a direct result of molds and pollens. I
> still remember the "smoke"  coming off a pile of wood chip mulch that had
> been sitting  for 2 weeks. I spent the next week thinking I had pneumonia
> but when I woke up at 4:00am unable to take a single sniff of air into my
> lungs I began learning all about asthma the hard way. Now any kind of mold
> will set me off, as well as Maple pollen, cold air, bleach, perfume,
> gasoline or other strong scent. Roach droppings make me sick as well as
> breathless (I think I hold my breath when I detect their particular
> odour).
> And stress exacerbates it as well.
> The original mold  irritant has left me overly sensitive to many different
> triggers, as is the case with most other asthmatics. Our lungs are twitchy
> and easily set off.
> So I don't think you can lay the blame on one thing more than another.
> There
> are too many airborne irritants in our irritating world and tree pollen is
> one we can do something about minimizing.
> Laura
>   community_garden-admin@mallorn.com
> > Reply-To: community_garden@mallorn.com
> > Date: Thu, 19 Oct 2000 11:15:19 -0500
> > To: community_garden@mallorn.com
> > Subject: community_garden digest, Vol 1 #476 - 10 msgs
> > 
> > From: "Honigman, Adam" <Adam.Honigman@Bowne.com>
> > Date: Wed, 18 Oct 2000 18:03:15 -0400
> > To: community_garden@mallorn.com
> > Subject: RE: [cg] More on Allergy-Free Gardening
> > 
> > OK Leo
> > ( Query: Does the jhsph.edu in your email address stand for John Hopkins
> > School of Public Health?) ,
> > 
> > After our community garden's honey harvest ( our beehive helps us keep
> our
> > garden going organically, our pollen helps keep the bees going, etc.) I
> > actually got my hands on a copy of  Ogren's  "Allergy Free Gardening"
> > http://www.naturalland.com/gv/gnews/gnews2.htm .
> > 
> > I wonder, and perhaps the list may know the answer: Is childhood and
> adult
> > asthma exacerbated more by diesel and fossil particulate, rat and roach
> > droppings or by pollen from plants and trees?   Are asthma attacks
> primarily
> > caused by physical stimulants ( i.e pollen and pollution) or are can
> they be
> > set off psychosomatically?
> > 
> > Ogren  makes some interesting points about urban plantings and how to
> make
> > them less allergenic. The main difference about female trees seems to be
> > that gardeners may sneeze less but their backs may ache more from
> cleaning
> > up after them. It always seems to be a matter of trade-offs.
> > 
> > For folks with more money to pick and choose plants (most CG's I know
> live
> > on freebies, end of season nursery donations, and discounted plants as a
> > means of surviving) female, low pollen plants may be the way to go. For
> CG's
> > on a shoestring budget, low pollen gardening may not become a viable
> option
> > until nurseries sell enough of them to discount or even write off at the
> end
> > of season. 
> > 
> > What do you all think about this?
> > 
> > Happy gardening, 
> > Adam 
> > 
> > Yes, I can tell the difference between the sexes of trees now.
> > 
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