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Join us online for two evening events where we will learn from soil experts about bioremediation and how we are using plants and soil biology to ameliorate contaminated soil. In collaboration with the Mass Dept. of Ag. Resources we are tracking the results of our bioremediation test plots in several urban farming locations in Springfield Mass.

During the first evening, our project consultant, Nance, will present the science of bioremediation and answer questions.  For the second part of the event we will hear from Ibrahim and youth from Gardening the Community in Springfield as they undergo testing and setting up a trial plot.  

 

If bioremediation using microbiology and plant partners is effective, such an approach can be beneficial by:  

  • reducing costs by eliminating the need for expensive barriers and truckloads of loam 
  • provide a deeper, more functional land 
  • healthier soil in the long run for growing crops, while breaking down toxic hydrocarbons and removing heavy metals to non-food-producing areas 

 

Agenda:

Tuesday, November 10th: 

7:00pm – Welcome and Introductions 

7:10pm – Bioremediation presentation (Nance Slides?) 

8:00pm – Questions and Discussion 

8:30pm – Wrap Up & Thank You 

 

Tuesday, November 17th: 

7:00pm – Welcome and Introductions 

7:10pm – Virtual Tour of the Franklin St. Site  

7:30pm – Bioremediation in Process (testing/video clips and pictures) 

8:00pm – Questions and Discussion 

8:30pm – Wrap Up & Thank You 

 

About Home City Housing:

Home City Housing (HCH) is a mission-driven developer of multi-family and mixed-use properties in the Springfield region.  They seek opportunities to acquire and develop properties that can enhance the lives of those who live and work in them, and those in the surrounding communities.

HCH takes pride in the ways that they leverage their physical investment to provide a more attractive and sustainable place to live and build the social infrastructure essential to community life. 

About the Presenters: 

  • Nance is a steward of the earth, an ecological systems designer, landscaper, horticultural consultant, and permaculture grower, as well as an in-demand consultant, speaker, and teacher. As the director of Social Ecologies, she works on soil restoration and remediation, long-term landscape planning, and community-focused regenerative soils and water systems in Chicago and around the world. Author of THE SOIL KEEPERS: INTERVIEWS WITH PRACTITIONERS ON THE GROUND BENEATH OUR FEET 
  • Ibrahim is the Co-Executive Director of Gardening the Community (GTC). He has played a key role in developing GTC into one of a growing handful of youth food justice organizations in Western Massachusetts. Ibrahim has been involved with youth-related programming for over 20 years, teaching and learning with youth at GTC for the last ten. Brother Ali shares that his adopted farming style represents his growth and understanding of hip hop, where sampling and remixing regenerative agriculture, pesticide-free farming, urban-specific farming, agroecology, and more, are freely shared, interpreted and experimented with. 
  • Anthony – Youth Leader from Home Ciity Housing 
  • Bernard – Youth Leader from Home City Housing 

 

More Info:

For questions contact Doug Cook, Education Events Coordinator, at Doug@nofamass.org or 603-969-8195

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