Is your soil safe to grow a garden? Know before you grow!
About this event
Lead and other contaminants and debris may have an unwelcome presence in many urban, community and backyard gardens. Jessica Dominguez and Ann Carroll of the Environmental Protection Agency will introduce participants to their Know Before You Grow guide and ask key questions for growers and local garden and urban agriculture advocates to consider and answer on the way to safe and healthy growing and safe space selection.
Learn more about the entire SEEDLINGS series at provcomlib.org/seedlings.
Ann Carroll has a science and public health background and over 30 years experience on lead poisoning prevention, contaminated site identification and cleanup and risk communication to support local revitalization and safe reuse. Ann is currently with EPA’s Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization, Washington office as a public health program and urban agriculture lead.
Jessica Dominguez is the Region 1 Land Revitalization Coordinator and has served for over 13 years as a Project Officer in the EPA Region 1 Brownfields Program. In that time Jessica has maintained oversight of over 400 projects under more than 60 different grant and technical assistance awards. She has also served multiple times in an advisory role to the Regional Administrator’s Office on priority topics related to economic sectors, community revitalization, and sustainability. Jessica has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology- Environmental Science from Colby College and an interdisciplinary Master’s degree from the University of Rhode Island, focusing on coastal community planning and natural resources. She also holds a certificate in Leadership Development and is a senior fellow in the national Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) with a strong commitment to equity and diversity. Jessica is a life-long New Englander, and can most often be found growing, searching out and cooking local food. She currently lives just outside of Boston with her husband and two daughters.
SEEDLINGS: Free Virtual Workshops on Gardening & Food Justice
The Providence Seed Library, Providence Community Library, URI Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardener Program & Brown University Superfund Research Center have teamed up to bring you a six-part virtual series of workshops about food sovereignty and gardening presented throughout the winter. These workshops offer the opportunity to gain practical skills for new and experienced gardeners, and will also highlight the leadership of BIPOC farmers and educators in creating a just food system. Workshops will feature topics including urban gardening, seed saving, soil remediation, and food justice. Learn more about the entire SEEDLINGS series at provcomlib.org/seedlings.