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Are you in Favor of a Community Garden in South Pas?

The idea has been tossed around for some time now. Should we take action and make it happen?

Patch Asks: Are you in favor of turning the unused plot of land at Grevelia Street and Fremont Avenue into a community garden? Feel free to share your thoughts below. 

For more information on the potential project, contact Vice Chair of the Natural Resources and Environmental Commission David Margrave at plumbbusy@aol.com. 

spidra September 11, 2011 at 11:52 AM
Right now the zoning code would require a Phase I ESA regardless of whether a proposed community garden is on public or private land. This is overkill and the wrong tool for the job. If the point is to make sure the soil is not toxic, you can simply do a soil test for toxicity. As far as I can see, a Phase I ESA requires very expensive consultants to conduct it and does *not* include an actual soil test. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Environmental_Site_Assessment
Drew Ready October 20, 2011 at 06:54 PM
There is a free LA community garden conference in Altadena this Saturday, 10/22! Please forward to anyone interested in starting a community garden in South Pasadena that you can think of. Fifth Annual LA Community Garden Council - Gathering of Community Gardens Saturday, October 22, 2011 8am-3pm Loma Alta Park and Community Center / Altadena Community Garden http://lagardencouncil.org/oct-22-2011-save-the-date/
spidra March 06, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Apparently proposed changes to the zoning code on community gardens is on tomorrow's City Council agenda. (City Hall, City Council Chambers, 7pm) All of you in favor of community gardens in South Pasadena, please show up for the public comment period. I don't know if *any* community input was solicited when this portion to the zoning code was added (or whether anyone familiar with gardening was even consulted), but it's been a long hard slog trying to get the city to look at making it less onerous. Right now you'd have to be quite wealthy to afford to start a community garden in South Pasadena.
Lucia April 26, 2012 at 01:46 AM
Is there a way to test soil in the yard? My granddaughter lives near that power plant on Glenarm and I wonder if there is mercury or lead in her front yard. I also wonder about community gardens near freeways. Do you have a test for toxins before you plant or harvest. Lucia
spidra April 27, 2012 at 03:02 AM
It looks like this lab does soil tests for toxicity as well. http://www.bettersoils.com/pricelist.cfm If you suspect toxicity, the cheapest thing might be simply to build raised beds and fill them with soil from a known clean source. Any place (not just community gardens but private residences) near a freeway or a busy street like Fair Oaks or Fremont will likely have some contamination from car pollution and tire dust. I used to live near a very busy street but it didn't stop me from growing my own food. I used raised beds and I washed the produce thoroughly, adding a little vinegar in the wash for anything that worried me. http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/home/kitchen-garden-toxic.htm Some of us are in unhealthier places than others but everyone living in a metropolitan area like this is being exposed to pollution. I get too much enjoyment from growing plants to give it up. And at least when I grow my own food, I know exactly what I put into it. When I buy food in a supermarket, I don't really know that it's any less polluted than what I can grow myself. In fact, many of the places in CA where large agricultural business is located also landed high on the pollution list: http://laist.com/2012/04/26/los_angeles_has_some_of_the_dirties.php You're right to be cautious about being near a power plant, but I think you can still garden with some modifications.

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