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This summer we were a site in a neighborhood scavenger hunt for teachers at Giffen Elementary School, a public school a few blocks away from the Radix Center.  Groups of teachers came for tours throughout the day.  This fun event sparked our current collaboration with the second grade at Giffen!

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We will be having our monthly open house Sunday 11/27 at 1 pm.
We are ending early today at 2pm.
Hope to see you there!
 153 Grand St.

The Summer Youth Team enjoyed a lovely day kayaking around and exploring Peebles Island, where the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers meet.

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On July 29th, 2016 incoming freshman with SUNY’s Equal Opportunity Program toured the Radix Center, hung out with the animals, learned about insect pest life cycles and helped organically control Mexican bean beetles, and spread mulch. It was a beautiful summer day!

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Henry Spliethoff from the New York State Department of Health visited the summer youth team to talk about the dangers of lead contamination in soil, implications for urban gardeners, and to demonstrate how an X-Ray Florescence instrument works.

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This late summer a group of volunteers began milking the goats.  The job was complicated by the remaining kids competing for milk, the newness of the act for the goats, and transforming an alpine goat stand to fit dwarf goats.  We are looking forward to continuing next year- and hopefully producing enough milk to sell!  If you are interested in being a milker (and taking home milk) or buying milk, let us know and we’ll contact you in the future.  In the meantime, here are pictures of some goaty fun, with participation from Rose, one of our lovely milking volunteers, and our youth team and interns.

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This past April, in conjunction with AVillage and the New York State Department of Health, Radix hosted the second SoilSHOP South End Earth Day event in Albany.  The day began with volunteer work parties cleaning up neighborhood gardens.  At SoilSHOP, community members brought in soil samples from their backyards or community garden plots and have them screened for lead at no cost.  DOH and ATSDR technicians and volunteers used portable X-Ray fluorescence instruments to screen soil for lead. Post-screening followup counseling was provided to advise participants about safer gardening activities.  The entire event was run from a very pro-gardening standpoint, and had free food, fun activities for kids, Zumba dance, and a public health fair.  And our tulips, grown from bulbs provided by the Albany Visitor’s Center – bloomed in perfect time!!

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