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Contaminated soil...

  • Subject: [cg] Contaminated soil...
  • From: "Amanda M. Edmonds" amandamedmonds@gmail.com
  • Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2005 13:27:34 -0400

I agree, Dorene et al, about needing to figure out about soil readiness 
and contamination.

Has anyone ever seen studies/datas/stories about soil issues 
post-flooding or post-storms?  Clearly, there's huge potential for 
contamination in the most urban areas... I wonder what the case is for 
less urban places that mostly got the big water surge from the storm, 
but didn't sustain flooding?   I'm looking into some of the research 
journals and extension bulletins to see what has been said-- but this 
is definitely not my area of expertise.  Who else on this list has 
ideas around this?

And, I'll re-pose the question as to what role people think ACGA as a 
bi-national network of gardeners can best play in addition to 
supporting food security relief efforts of Second Harvest, et al?  
Potentially finding support (financial/donated/etc) for soil testing 
for some of these communities could be an idea, so that as people 
rebuild it can be in healthy conditions... I know that we often feel 
cash strapped to do the heavy metal and more advanced soil tests here-- 
I could only imagine people in communities needing to rebuild from 
scratch may not be able to prioritize that sort of diagnostics.  Or, 
should we try to garner more support for the efforts of Don and others 
in Dallas-- and areas closer to the affected region who are working to 
grow more fresh food for the relief effort?  Don, KUDOS to you and your 
community for digging in so quickly and providing such nutritious food 
for the communities down there.  How best could we from elsewhere 
support what you're doing?


Amanda Maria Edmonds    			                            	
Executive Director, Growing Hope

"We must be the change we wish to see in the world."
"To forget to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget 
					-Mahatma Ghandi

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