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153 Grand St., Albany 12202

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Retired  Albany Common Council Member Dominic Calsolaro organized a meeting with Judith Enck, Regional EPA Director, and the residents of Ezra Prentice Homes to discuss their environmental health concerns.  This, coupled with very early survey results showing high rates of asthma and other illnesses at Ezra got the attention of the DEC, who has promised new air quality monitoring.

Times Union Article here

TWC News Story here

News 10 Story here

CBS 6 News Story here

News Channel 13 Story here

 

 

Since the end of last year, Stacy Pettigrew, Radix Center Executive Director, has been working closely with AVillage to gauge the health status of the residents at Ezra Prentice Homes, a 176 unit public housing complex located in between the Port of Albany and truck routes from the Port.  The most exciting thing about this research project has been the involvement of Ezra residents.  AVillage members recruited Ezra residents to serve as Resident Outreach Workers (ROWs).  Beginning in January we created a training program, which included visits from Dr. David Carpenter, the Institute for Health and the Environment, University at Albany,  Dr. Janine Jurkowski, School of Public Health, University at Albany, and Charles Welgde, Albany County Health Department.  (Videos of their talks are available here.)  The ROWs then began canvassing their neighbors, administering a brief survey on environmental health concerns and scheduling appointments for a longer survey.  Graduate student volunteers and interns from the School of Public Health and the Albany College of Pharmacy have been administering a longer survey with residents that captures household health issues, satisfaction with medical care, depression scales, and fruit and vegetable consumption and healthy food access.

We look forward to using the data to connect residents with needed services.  We also are interested in continuing this work to further examine pollution exposure levels and potential health consequences.

This project is in need of funding to complete this and future stages.  Much of this work is currently being done on a volunteer basis.  If you can help with funding, please contact Stacy@radixcenter.org.  We are also looking for volunteers to help count truck traffic in from of the housing development.  Contact us if you have free time to give!

 

Position available at the Radix Ecological Sustainability Center
Compost collector
Job involves picking up compost from businesses and restaurants in Albany on Wednesdays.  Must also coordinate to deliver Radix farm shares.
Pay is $60 per day, route typically takes about 3 hours. Route must be begun roughly by 10 or 11 AM.
Must have your own car and be able to drive.  Compost can be smelly, so not recommended for nice clean cars.
For more info, please contact Scott at sk@radixcenter.org

Wed. 4-6  and Sat afternoon – depending on the weather!

Email or text Stacy@radixcenter.org 605.3256

Plants in the greenhouse haven’t been hardened off yet.

We have extra:

Grape vines

Heirloom tomatoes

Sweet and hot peppers

Red cabbage

Napa cabbage

Savoy green cabbage

Broccoli

Lettuce

Brussel Sprouts

Lacinto Kale

Red Russian Kale

Swiss Chard

Scallions

Parsley

Basil

Oregano

Sorrel

Echinachea

Calendula

Yarrow

Valerian

Tansy

Absinthe wormwood

Marshmallow

Comfrey

Sunchokes

Hyssop

Nasturtium

 

 

 

Looking to Build a Garden Volunteer Squad!

Want to get your hands dirty?  Break a sweat? Hang out with baby goats? Spend time helping create beautiful green spaces for public benefit in the South End and Arbor Hill? Learn about gardening?  Share your knowledge with others? Increase access to fresh food?

Join us!

MORE VEGETABLES!

AVillage, Trinity Alliance, and the Radix Center are looking to build a group of interested people to help us beautify and maintain the 7 gardens we collectively manage.  We are actively engaged in addressing the many issues around hunger, health, and sustainability in the South End of Albany, which is officially labeled as a “food desert.” We will be holding many group work days, and are also looking for motivated volunteers to help out on other days.  The gardens have various educational and community food access uses – all of them are awesome.

If you are interested in joining up – please send an email to stacy@radixcenter.org with the following information:

  • Hours/week or month you are willing to help out
  • Availability – days & times
  • Gardening experience/knowledge level
  • Level of physical contribution
  • Carpentry skills?  Tools?  (Arbors and raised beds – or whatever you dream up!)

Donations of $, seeds, plants, trellises, pots, manure, compost, etc.  always welcome!

We’re all working hard – and WE NEED YOU!

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