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Kingsborough Community College Urban Farm in Brooklyn, New York

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Kingsborough Community College, view of ocean from the campus.

First higher-education institution in New York City to launch an urban farm

By Ryan Maye Handy
Sheepshead Bites
Nov. 15th, 2010

Excerpt:

Kingsborough Community College will be the first higher-education institution in New York City to launch an urban farm tilled by students, the school announced on Wednesday.

Kingsborough is launching the “Build a Garden in Brooklyn” project to teach students about urban agriculture and organic farming practices. It will contribute produce to the Culinary Arts Program and the college cafeteria, according to project supervisor Dr. Stuart Schulman.

“The farm will function as an outdoor classroom,” said Schulman, who is also the Executive Director for Economic and Work Force Development at Kingsborough. ”Instead of sitting in a classroom and talking about vegetables, students actually grow and harvest them.”

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How Lead Gets into Urban Vegetable Gardens

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The Food project.

Deposition of Particulate Matter as a Mechanism for Trace Metal Contamination of Urban Gardens

By ESTES, Emily, CARTER-THOMAS, Megan R., and BRABANDER, Daniel J.

Geological Society of America
Nov 1, 2010

Boulder, CO, USA – If you’re a vegetable gardener in a lot of older cities, there’s a fair chance you have a significant amount of lead in your soil. One common mitigation approach is to build a raised bed and fill it with freshly composted, low-lead soil from elsewhere, right? Maybe not, according to researchers studying the mysterious case of the lead contamination found within raised beds in community gardens in the Boston communities of Roxbury and Dorchester.

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