This seminar will address how sites cleaned up under the Superfund Program are being used for urban gardening projects. As land in urban areas becomes scarcer and the demand for locally grown produce rises, innovative communities are using formerly contaminated properties for growing food. Speakers will share examples of sites that are now home to productive urban gardens and share details on what allowed for the site's successful transition. In addition, EPA will present several complementary tools that are available to help interested parties determine whether their site may be able to support urban agriculture, including:
- An introduction to urban gardening best practices;
- Interim guidelines for testing for potential contamination;
- Interim guidelines for understanding what levels of contaminants in soil are currently acceptable if you want to garden; and
- Guidance on how to assemble marketing, operating and financial strategies to communicate your urban gardening project to potential partners and funders.
Participants will come away with a deepened understanding of how former industrial properties can support urban gardens, key considerations for assessing if a site could support a garden, and how to get started gardening at appropriate sites.