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May 17, 2009

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I hate to be negative, but I hope that folks who start urban farms have the soil tested for heavy metals. Some sites will simply not be suitable for agriculture, if because of lead accumulation due to years of traffic. I don't know much about this area: perhaps your brother is better informed?

I just saw an article about this. Many people around here farm in raised beds for just that reason. It is indeed important to have your soil tested, especially if you suspect you are on a former fruit orchard as we are.

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