Thanks to funding from the California Department of Food and Agriculture, we were able to award $5,000 dollars to help schools offset costs incurred as a result of the wildfires. The recipients of our Fire Funds Grant are:
1. Reibli Elementary School 2. Pathways Charter 3. Boys and Girls Club of Windsor 4. Mark West Community Preschool 5. Dunbar Elementary School
garden educator resource guide
Created By: Annie Silverman
In light of the urban wildfires, I heard many people echo my own questions about whether produce was safe to eat, how to know if soil was contaminated, and how to remediate garden spaces. As a garden educator, I felt a huge sense of responsibility to make informed decisions for myself and the children and families I work with; however, I soon realized that finding answers was not a simple process. In this document, I start by providing an overview of what might be contaminating plants and soils. After that, I try and address questions that I myself have as well as questions I have heard others pose. I want to acknowledge Vanessa Raditz and everyone who has contributed to the group, Produce Safety after Urban Wildfire. Their work has helped me and others sift through all the uncertainty that has settled in the fires’ wake. They just received a grant to fund analysis of samples of leafy greens collected right after the fires to better understand the effect of urban wildfires on crops.
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