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Repairing Gardens and Food Resilience Education after Hurricane Sandy

From: user 6.
Sent on: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 6:14 PM

Repairing Gardens and Food Resilience Education after Hurricane Sandy


Gardens in communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy were flooded, soaked with saltwater or contaminants, and sometimes swept away.  I am inviting members of this list to suggest best practices for garden recovery. 


- What have you done, or what would you recommend, to remediate gardens that have been flooded or exposed to saltwater or other contaminants?


- How would you quickly rebuild gardens where soil and plantings have been washed away?


- Can some construction debris or the contents of damaged buildings be safely decontaminated locally by natural methods, instead of hauling them away to faraway landfills at great cost?


Gardening projects could also reinforce emergency preparedness practices, such as storing extra supplies of food and water.  It could also raise awareness of future risks from flooding and other climate change consequences. 

- What projects would you recommend for novice gardeners, in back and front yards, and in flood-prone areas?


- What projects would you recommend for community groups with larger spaces?


- What projects or plantings would absorb excess water and stabilize land against flooding?  Which would be tolerant of salt water?  Which could also produce food for neighbors?


What would you suggest?   

Dan Miner
Volunteer organizer,

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