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.