Lead & community gardens
Natural Literacy- Geoffrey Gothelf
natlit at WELL.SF.CA.US
Mon Mar 14 21:23:49 EST 1994
There have been several postings on BIOSCI-
REQUEST at net.bio.net concerning lead in soils and crops and
focused on urban community gardens.
I believe this all started from an email I sent to the
person posting something about a lead poisoning conference.
I suppose my mail then was forwarded to this listserv. I
thought I should post the gist of my original mail since
this would provide some background.
I live in San Jose, CA, one block from the 880 freeway and
about two miles south of the SJC airport. Next to the
freeway is our local community garden, and it has been there
for 20 years at least (but I dont for certain). At this
location the freeway is elevated on a berm from 20 feet at
the north end sloping to zero feet at the south. At the
southern end is an offramp for one of the main exits to
I have been obsessed for years on the question- is this
gardens soil contaminated by lead, or anything else. Seems
like a place where lots of contamination would build up. I
tried to get the city and some local media interested in the
question but to no avail. I could not find a lab which
would do tests gratis (surprise, surprise) nor anyone else
to fund the testing (hence contacts with the city and media
to see if they would).
I posted originally because I was/am interested in two
things- 1. is contaminated soil in an urban community garden
located next to a busy freeway a probability and a valid
concern, and 2. who out there is willing to test the soil
and crops from this garden.
If ok with the moderator, I prefer the discussion continue
on the listserv and NOT to me privately.
natlit at well.sf.ca.us
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