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RE: kids gardening

You are on the right track. 
If you suspect problems, test the soil. If there are problems and you still
want to use the site, then the area should be capped, and raised beds built
with new soil used for growing. Almost all urban areas these days have some
level of contamination, and we are really fortunate when a clean site is
Leslie Pohl-Kosbau
Portland Community Gardens

-----Original Message-----
From: Honigman, Adam [mailto:Adam.Honigman@Bowne.com]
Sent: Friday, September 29, 2000 8:23 AM
To: community_garden@mallorn.com
Subject: RE: [cg] kids gardening


A deadly serious query:

Many of our NYC gardens are built on the sites of demolished tenements,
vacant lots that have interesting histories as gas stations, factories, etc.

Soil testing is imperative. Once we have the snap shot of our respective
dirts we dump in more dirt, used raised beds, test again, usually growing
aerated veggies ( not root) with the strong suggestion that no children
under 10 be fed any of it ( mainly because of lead issues.) 

More and more of our gardens are interested in children's gardening
programs. Many do not want to hear that the dirt that produces so much local
beauty may not be good for kids ( "it's so beautiful, how can it be

For those who are considering children's gardening beds, how do you propose
that we proceed?  My idea is to create a raised brick or plastic board area
- with drainage into gravel loaded with sanitized, store bought dirt, worms
and a separate composting system ( so the regular dirt doesn't get thrown
in.) The idea is to keep lead from the fingers and lungs of the little ones.

Please share with me your ideas.

Adam Honigman

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Julie Conrad [SMTP:jconrad@azstarnet.com]
> Sent:	Friday, September 29, 2000 11:57 AM
> To:	community_garden@mallorn.com
> Subject:	[cg] kids gardening
> Kids gardening :These may link to other useful sites
> There are many (too many to list!) other organizations interested in
> promoting gardening with kids. Here are a few that I can think of:
> The Food Systems Project (Berkeley, CA)
> http://www.foodsystems.org/
> Center for Ecoliteracy (Berkeley, CA)
> http://www.ecoliteracy.org/
> Texas A & M Extension (TX)
> http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/kindergarden/Child/school/sgintro.htm
> UC Davis Children's Garden (Davis, CA)
> http://childrensgarden.ucdavis.edu/tours.htm
> The Banana Slug String Band (Santa Cruz, CA)
> http://bananaslugstringband.com/
> (http://www.letsgetgrowing.com)
> Occidental College Farmer's Market Fruit and Salad Bar Program (Santa
> Monica, CA) http://www.oxy.edu/departments/pperc/publications/salad2.htm
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