|From:||Lenny Siegel <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||Wed, 13 Apr 2011 07:50:35 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-BIF] Urban gardening and Brownfields 2011|
Healthy Soil for Healthy Vegetable Gardens BY AMY HALLORAN | Food Safety News April 13, 2011Interest in vegetable gardening is growing, thanks in part to rising food costs, ecological concerns and incidents of foodborne illness related to produce.
Just how many backyards are becoming food gardens is hard to enumerate, but the American Community Gardening Association estimates there are now more than 18,000 community gardens in the United States and Canada.
While many community gardens exist in rural areas -- such as one in Cambridge, New York, on the site of a former trial garden for the Asgrow Seed Company -- community gardens are also urban endeavors.
...Last week, the 14th annual Brownfields Conference was held in Philadelphia. A joint effort of the EPA and the International City/ County Management Association, this year's conference was the largest ever, with almost 6,000 people in attendance. Nine out of more than a hundred sessions focused on urban agriculture, school gardens, composting and the importance of safe soils.
...The conference inspired a pop-up art event with scientific roots called the Soil Kitchen. From April 1-6, members of the artist group Futurefarmers served soup in exchange for soil samples, and hosted a number of educational events, too. By April 5, 300 samples had been collected, reaching the capacity of the EPA's mobile soil-testing lab. Results of the tests will be used to create the Philadelphia Brownfields Map and Soil Archive.
... For the entire article, seehttp://www.foodsafetynews.com/2011/04/healthy-soil-for-healthy- vegetable-gardens/
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