Our heart goes out to all schools whose gardens have sustained damage as a direct or indirect result of the fires. We have created a fire fund designed to help schools begin to rebuild, repair, replant, or remediate gardens. All schools within Sonoma County that sustained damage as a result of the fires are welcome to apply. Photo Credit: Stuart Leavenworth The application deadline has been extended to is Wednesday April 11th! Please email email@example.com with any questions Click on the orange button below to see the application
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.