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Graham M
1970 Grand Ave.
(Morris Heights)
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the project

The Leave It Better Kids Garden is going to get healed up this summer!

There is lead in the soil of our garden, so we currently build raised beds and bring in healthy soil. The remediation is taking place on the ground in the rest of the garden. Our approach to lead remediation will be a hybrid approach. Our main strategy will be to add phosphorus, and then landscaping fabric- to cover the old soil, and then to put a six inch layer of new clean woodchips and soil. This will be for the heavily trafficked areas of the garden. Along the fenceline of the garden we will use phytoextraction - by planting plants that are effective at extracting lead from the soil: sunflowers, alpine pennycress, geraniums, and vetiver grass. When they are finished growing, and pulling lead out of the soil, we will extract them from the garden. 


the steps

July 19th- With our successful IOBY campaign, we will order the phosphorus, fabric, woodchips, soil, gravel and phytoextractors. 

July 25th- 29th We will lay down the fabric, and lay in the new woodchips, soil, and gravel

July 29th- We'll take a sample of soil and test for lead. 

October 1st- We'll take a new sample of soil and test for lead. 


why we're doing it

We have a lot of kids come through our garden. We already plant in clean soil, but we want to take the next step- we want our entire garden to be lead free. Join us to provide a beautiful, green, healing space that is devoid of toxic chemicals. 


We've been hard at work in the Morris Heights neighborhood for more than 12 years, and we're ready to fix the garden this summer and keep it that way for a long, long time. 



Approximate costs: 

30 Emerald Green Arborvitae: $3,300

50 cubic yards of mulch: $3,000

32 trays of sunflowers, alpine pennycress, geraniums, and vetiver grass: $300

Staff: $3,000

Miscellaneous: $400


ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) N/A
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
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