An article on vox.com features the NYC soil map produced by Prof Cheng et al., 2015 in Soil Science!
Read the vox article by clicking here!
Check out this article on Brooklyn College grad student Sara Perl Egendorf of the Urban Soils Institute!
By Kathiann Kowalski
BALTIMORE, Md. — Urban farming can help families in inner cities enjoy more fresh fruits and vegetables. Community gardens also help people get exercise and bring neighbors together. But there’s one big problem. Soils in many cities have high levels of lead. That toxic heavy metal harms the brain and nervous system, leading to health problems, especially in children. But scientists have just announced some success in building safer soils.
Yes, building them.
Sara Perl Egendorf is a soils scientist with Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and the New York City (NYC) Urban Soils Institute. She and her team worked with the Mayor’s office and city parks department to fix some local soils.....
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Community Gardeners and Future Community Gardeners: Do you need A Grant to Start For Your Urban Garden? Grant Applications Due January 25th!
Neighborhood Grants: Up to $3,000 for Your Community Group
Applications are due January 25 - start your application today !
Through the Neighborhood Grants, the Citizens Committee awards micro-grants of up to $3,000 to resident-led groups to work on community and school projects throughout the city. We prioritize groups based in low income neighborhoods and Title I public schools.
Recent awards have enabled neighbors to come together to make healthy food available in their communities, transform empty lots into community gardens, organize tenants to advocate for better housing conditions, and conduct community oral history projects.
Learn more about the grant on our website, look through previously funded projects, and attend a grant application workshop (listed below) or watch our step-by-step application video.
Help spread the word to your network and community - share the flyer, post to your facebook, and tell your gardening, organizing, and art-making friends! Questions? Contact Tehmina at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-822-9563.
Applications are due January 25, 2016; Applications can be submitted online or via email, fax, or mail.
2016 Neighborhood Grant Information Sessions
Learn more about the grant, have your questions answered, and meet our staff at an info session! To register, please contact Imani at email@example.com /212-822-9567 or fill out this form.
Thursday, January 14- Queens- 6:30 PM
Tuesday, January 19 - Lower Manhattan - 6:00 PM