Checking for Lead in Community Gardens
Community gardens are becoming a popular trend in urban america. In some places community gardens have been a staple for years and years. This week, I received a call from a community garden representative who was concerned about the presence of lead. I also came across this article, Lead, other chemicals taint some urban gardens by David Runk and it clearly states that testing for the presence of lead is recommended.
It is a very good idea to check for lead in your soil and insure the safety of the produce being grown.
One sure sign that testing is needed is to make sure if your garden area is in a place surrounded by homes that were built in the 1970’s or prior, chances are lead paint was used for those homes. In Omaha, the EPA setup a lead clean-up project that has been going on for almost 10 years.
The cost of the lead in soil analysis is $32.00 per sample. Make sure when collecting a sample that you use appropriate gloves when collecting the sample.
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