Brownfields Bear Food

Brownfields Bear Food

Brownfields Bear Food: An urban forage through backyards, parks, and brownfields

When: Thursday, June 16, 2011, 6-8 pm
Who: with David Craft, forager, and cohosted by JP Green House
Where: meet at the JP Green House, 133 Bourne Street, Jamaica Plain, MA

Light dinner of foraged greens and homemade accompaniments provided

Let’s meet and walk with expert forager David Craft to discover the intersection of edible plants in the city and invisible toxins. We will walk to the site of two of the over 2600 reported brownfield sites in Boston. Brownfields are properties that have been contaminated by hazardous materials and may or may not have been cleaned up. Along the way we’ll learn about what we can eat and what we can’t, we’ll signpost these contaminated sites, and we’ll end with a dinner comprised of foraged salad greens.

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Part of Soil + Garden + Sky – a trilogy of projects about toxins, our backyard gardens, and our bodies

 

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Readings:

What is urban foraging?
* read David Craft‘s book, Urban Foraging:

What are brownfields?
* find them in Boston
* Boston’s Brownfields, Government Engineering

What is in our soil?
* Sources and Impacts of Contaminants in Soil, Cornell Waste Management Institute

What is the impact of these brownfields in our communities?
* Environmental Justice, Urban Revitalization, and Brownfields, National Environmental Justice Council (pdf download)

Can we remediate the toxins in our backyards?
* Urban Soils and Backyard Gardens: Potential Contaminants and Remediation Techniques, Canada’s Office of Urban Agriculture
* Cure Your Toxic Yard: Plants that Extract Lead and Other Buried Pollutants, Nicole Willner, PlanetGreen.com