As we start to clear out these April showers and get ready for May flowers- we are launching our new Lead in Garden Soil Outreach project.
Lead exposure is a huge problem here in Northern Brooklyn. Greenpoint has one of the highest levels of lead contamination in the city, and double the childhood blood lead levels of any other neighborhood. This heavy, soft, malleable metal is dangerous and can affect almost every organ and system in the body.
But before you freak out… exposure to lead in the soil is only harmful through direct contact with the soil or its plants. That’s why we are focusing on children and gardeners — to reduce exposure risk in vulnerable populations.
We are working with soil experts at the Brooklyn College Environmental Science Analytical Center and Eco-Schools to host workshops for the community to come learn more about how to garden safely. These experts will show us how to protect our community from harmful lead in our soil.
We will also be providing education to our local elementary schools, to help develop curriculum about lead soil exposure. Stay tuned for more info and contact us if you would like to be involved further!