National Service (VISTA) Opportunities:
Food Security and Sustainability in Albany’s South End
The Radix Ecological Sustainability Center, an environmental education organization with an emphasis on urban food security, and the South End community advocacy organization AVillage…, Inc. are seeking applications for two AmeriCorps VISTA positions to advance access to healthy food in Albany’s South End neighborhood.
Have you ever tested the soil where you are growing food, or where you would like to grow food, or where your children play – FOR LEAD?
Lead impairs children’s intellectual growth, causes neurological damage, and is associated with cardiovascular diseases!
Free lead soil screening at the South End Earth Day Event at the Radix Center 4/23. Meet at 10 am to help clean local neighborhood gardens. The all-day event will include food, lots of local organizations, and cute chickens and goats!
Pick up test kits at the CSCC, 19 Warren St., or
at the Radix Center, 153 Grand St. (only at Radix on Wednesdays 4-6)
Take samples, bring them to the Earth Day event for free screening!
The fifth annual South End Earth Day will be Saturday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Once again, our focus will be on developing more access to garden space on unused vacant lots, and in insuring that used for gardening is free of contaminants.
Earth Day is a joint project of AVillage…, Inc., and the Radix Ecological Sustainability Center, and the Radix Center on Warren Street at Grand Street will again be our base and staging area for short walks to local gardens. We are excited to be assisting in the birth of three new gardens, two on Alexander Street and one near by on Fourth Avenue, as well as working on existing gardens.
For the second year in a row, the New York State Health Department will be bringing in a “soil kitchen,” a mobile testing facility so people can bring in soil samples and have them tested on the spot for lead contamination. Since it is advisable to collect samples in advance so the soil can be completely dry, test kits will be available prior to the event and can be picked up from AVillage, Radix and at the front desk of the Capital South Campus Center, 20 Warren St.
Earth Day is also a celebration, and as usual there will be food, music and plenty of activities for kids — as well a tours of the Radix livestock and greenhouse.