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[Native Gardening] Urban Gardeners Need to Watch Out for Tainted Soils

 



 


 
http://www.philly.com/philly/wires/ap/news/nation/20110323_ap_leadotherchemicalstaintsomeurbangardens.html?c=r

Posted on Wed, Mar. 23, 2011

Lead, other chemicals taint some urban gardens

DAVID RUNK
The Associated Press

DETROIT - With remnants of once-legal lead paint, leaded gasoline and other pollutants from the nation's industrial past tainting land in U.S. cities, soil researchers warn that the growing number of urban farmers and community gardeners need to test their dirt and take steps to make sure it's safe.

They point to cities like Indianapolis, where nine out of 10 urban gardens tested by one researcher had problems with lead in the soil. Or the Boston area, where a recent study suggests that even clean, trucked-in soil can end up contaminated, perhaps by windblown dust or dirt splatted by rain, in a few short years.

Agriculture and other experts say such problems don't outweigh the benefits of urban gardening, but those growing food should make sure their soil has been tested and take appropriate steps to address pollution so their fruits and vegetables are safe.

"You can control these things once you're cognizant of them," said Nicholas Basta, a soil and environmental chemistry professor at Ohio State University. "But nobody can underestimate the benefits of . . . fresh-grown food."

While lead paint and leaded gasoline were outlawed decades ago, experts say lead remains the biggest problem for urban growers when it comes to soil contamination. While most plants don't draw up lead from the dirt, there's a danger , especially to children , from soil tracked indoors or left on food that isn't washed well.

Other concerns are cancer-causing chemicals such as arsenic, once used to treat lumber and put off by coal-burning plants, and polyaromatic hydrocarbons, a byproduct of burning materials like oil, coal, wood and garbage.

Tim Beckman, 44, had been gardening on the east side of Indianapolis for more than 15 years before he saw researcher Gabriel Filippelli on public access TV and asked him to test his dirt. The results were somewhat of a relief: Low lead levels where he gardens. But other parts of Beckman's yard had extremely high levels, and he's since reconsidered where he lets his chickens roam.

Beckman said the test results weren't a surprise. His neighborhood is mostly made up of homes built in the 1940s, when lead paint was in wide use.

"I probably should have been more aware of it at the time, but it (the TV show) was one of those 'ah-ha moments,'" Beckman said.

Filippelli, an earth sciences professor at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, said Beckman's test results were typical of what he sees around the city: Lead levels were higher in soil near the street, where cars burning leaded gasoline once drove, and near the area where water runs off the house, known as the drip line. Based on tests at about 60 gardens around the city, Filippelli said about 90 percent need some kind of work to make gardening safe.

Beckman said the tests made him think about steps, such as putting down mulch near the house, to keep dust from lead-tainted areas from blowing into his garden beds. With the planting season approaching, other alternatives for gardeners include trucking in clean soil that can be placed on top of potentially contaminated land to create raised beds and moving their plants away from contaminated areas.

While no one knows exactly how many urban residents are growing food, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates there are thousands of community gardens nationwide. The American Community Gardening Association said it has more than 2,600 active listings in its online database and has seen a steady increase in people inquiring about community gardening in recent years.

In the Boston suburbs of Roxbury and Dorchester, where four out of five backyard gardens tested had high lead levels, new research has suggested that a one-time fix isn't enough to keep soil safe. The nonprofit Food Project installed raised beds filled with freshly composted soil, but tests showed the lead content in some tripled in just four years. Researchers say that while more study is needed, the early results suggest growers need to change the way they think about city soil and test not only when they first plant but as years go by.

"It's not a static situation," said one of the researchers, Daniel Brabander, an associate professor at Wellesley College. "It's very prudent to characterize it at the start, but depending on neighborhood where you're doing this, it is evolving."

The Food Project has recommended growers also take simple yet potentially effective steps to reduce exposure to contaminated soil by washing their hands after gardening, washing vegetables thoroughly and trying not to track soil indoors.

Murray McBride, director of Cornell Waste Management Institute, said its analysis of garden beds in New York City generally has been encouraging, with one pilot study of 44 gardens finding less than 10 percent had high lead levels in the soil. He said efforts there to bring in clean soil and compost for raised beds may be why lead was less of a problem.

A lack of standard practices as urban agriculture expands has made the problem difficult to assess. Dave Weatherspoon, an associate professor at Michigan State University who studies food issues in Detroit, where urban farming is taking off, said more research is needed to provide a better understanding of what soil contamination could mean for crops and what should be done about it.

"We don't want people to feel that their food isn't safe," Weatherspoon said. "That is the worst thing that can happen to the U.S. food system."



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[machine_needle_felting] How to Use a Drum Carder

 

I have just put a new tutorial about Drum Carding up on my blog. This one is a bit longer than usual but it took a while to explain it all. Enjoy!

Linda Hall
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[machine_needle_felting] Re: hello all

 

Hi how much do you want for you machine etc and where do you live? I may be interested.

Ann

 

Shepherds' Spring Farm

North Gower, On

Canada

 

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[machine_needle_felting] hello all

 

Hello,
I've enjoyed this group & seeing all your beautiful work.I hope it's ok to post this here, I'm selling my like new, used once Janome felter machine, lot of roving, yarn,wool felt, & a few books, as I just don't have time for another hobby. I love needle felting, but just have to pare down a bit!If anyone is interested, please email me at thevanclan@comcast.net Thank you,Sincerely, Nicole

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[NicolesPESflowers] AD:New Towel Holders, Placemats New Free Gift BOGO Everyday

 

If you haven't figured it out yet, with every purchase you make from me using cash check or money order you get a free one of equal value, so it is always buy 1 get 1. Sometimes you know in advance what the free one is sometimes it is a design of my choice but sure to please you. A BOGO EVERYDAY AND YOU DON'T EVEN HAVE TO ASK FOR IT.

Okay boys and girls I have some great new items for you.
1. Need to liven up your table for Spring, I have just what you need. Tulip and RW Flower Pot Windows Placemats complete with napkin holder and silver holder. These are so pretty and work up pretty fast. I have included in the zip an 8x14 hooping with sections put together for those that have the bigger hoops. This only comes in 5x7 size though and upon receipt of payment you will get the RW Flower Pots in 4x4 5x7 6x10 8x10 and 8x14. It can be found on the New Designs Page.

2. Anyone out there that loves Hot Peppers? I have a new set of In The Hoop towel holders with 8 different Hot Peppers, and a potholder to go with them. They come in 4x4 5x7 6x10 8x10 and 8x14. You will get all sizes and upon receipt of payment you will get all the Hot Pepper embroidery designs in 4x4 5x7 6x10 8x10 and 8x14. It can be found on the New Designs Page also.

3. You had better hurry on the Snag It Club as May 31 will be here sooner than you know. You can see all you will get to date on the Snag It All Club page. Designs already up are worth a whole lot more than you are paying for the 3 month club. All zips are in place.

4. I have a brand new Free Gift for you too look for. You will see a picture of it on the Free Gift Page and then you will have to go look for the zip.

5. February and March Annies are still waiting to be found but will be gone at the end of this month to make room for April Annie.

6. Other pages to check out are the Holiday-Easter Page, FSL Page, Embroidery Designs Page, and In The Hoop Page.

All can be seen here
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I do hope that you all are having a very nice day. Georgia

 
 

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[machine_needle_felting] Icelandic Fleeces

 

I have some nice Icelandic Fleeces for sale on my web site:
www.crossbreezefarm.com 

Thanks,

Colleen

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[NicolesPESflowers] AD:New Towel Holders, Placemats and New Free Gift

 

Okay boys and girls I have some great new items for you.
1. Need to liven up your table for Spring, I have just what you need. Tulip and RW Flower Pot Windows Placemats complete with napkin holder and silver holder. These are so pretty and work up pretty fast. I have included in the zip an 8x14 hooping with sections put together for those that have the bigger hoops. This only comes in 5x7 size though and upon receipt of payment you will get the RW Flower Pots in 4x4 5x7 6x10 8x10 and 8x14. It can be found on the New Designs Page.

2. Anyone out there that loves Hot Peppers? I have a new set of In The Hoop towel holders with 8 different Hot Peppers, and a potholder to go with them. They come in 4x4 5x7 6x10 8x10 and 8x14. You will get all sizes and upon receipt of payment you will get all the Hot Pepper embroidery designs in 4x4 5x7 6x10 8x10 and 8x14. It can be found on the New Designs Page also.

3. You had better hurry on the Snag It Club as May 31 will be here sooner than you know. You can see all you will get to date on the Snag It All Club page. Designs already up are worth a whole lot more than you are paying for the 3 month club. All zips are in place.

4. I have a brand new Free Gift for you too look for. You will see a picture of it on the Free Gift Page and then you will have to go look for the zip.

5. February and March Annies are still waiting to be found but will be gone at the end of this month to make room for April Annie.

6. Other pages to check out are the Holiday-Easter Page, FSL Page, Embroidery Designs Page, and In The Hoop Page.

All can be seen here
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I do hope that you all are having a very nice day. Georgia

 
 

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[machine_needle_felting] Re: New Tutorial

 

Shelagh:

When I first got my 12 needle Embellisher I used to felt everything to death, no matter what. Then I learned to only felt slightly and let the wet felting really cement the wool together. When I first carded Angelina with wool I treated it no differently than any other fiber. It has withstood my abuse beautifully. However, by felting it less, more of the sparkle shows up rather than being overblended with all the other wool. So to answer your question, yes, it can take carding and felting, and no, it doesn't fall apart. I hope this helps,

Linda Hall
www.fabricartbylinda.com
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--- In machine_needle_felting@yahoogroups.com, shelaghfolgate@... wrote:
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> Hiya
> That was interesting Linda, I do use my carders, I prefer my smaller ones
> but had not thought of adding Angelina. One question does the Angelina
> fibre break down into dust with the metal of the carders?
> I may have to add Angelina into my Tantalising techniques course now that
> you have reminded me to use it, so many thanks
> Regards
> Shelagh in a very foggy central England
> _http://shelaghfolgate.blogspot.com_ (http://shelaghfolgate.blogspot.com)
> _http://tantalisingtechniques.blogspot.com_
> (http://tantalisingtechniques.blogspot.com)
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[machine_needle_felting] classes

 

Linda, I found a site for Shelagh Folgate who will be offering classes on line.  The photos were beautiful.  She will have 6 lessons for $50.00 U.S. dollars.  Those who registered by today, March 15, received a free lesson for a total of 7.  I have never taken on line classes, and am looking forward to them. 
 
Good luck.  I love my Baby Lock Embellisher and looking forward to expanding my skills.
 
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Hope this helps.  Looking forward to hearing.
 
Ginger

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[machine_needle_felting] Re: trailor

 

When we use the “reply to group” option at the bottom of each email, it shows only our reply and nothing else.  It’s kind of misleading because it makes it appear that nothing is being posted except our reply.  But that’s only if you reply from an email and not responding to a post on the group page. 

Debi in TX

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[machine_needle_felting] trailor

 

please trim these messages when you reply. The trailor is getting mighty long!Thanks

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[machine_needle_felting] Re: New Tutorial

 

Hiya
That was interesting Linda, I do use my carders, I prefer my smaller ones but had not thought of adding Angelina.  One question does the Angelina fibre break down into dust with the metal of the carders?
I may have to add Angelina into my Tantalising techniques course now that you have reminded me to use it, so many thanks
Regards
Shelagh in a very foggy central England
 

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