New rules would loosen the soil for urban farms

  • Article by: BRYNA GODAR , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 22, 2012 - 11:34 PM

A City Council panel voted to amend zoning to encourage market gardens in Minneapolis.

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tbot2000Mar. 23, 12 5:37 AM

awesome! we should be easing rules to allow for more real farming, where people grow real food that goes directly to the food supply for people.

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mutt10RMar. 23, 12 5:47 AM

Nothing should be sold from any garden unless the plot has had the soil tested for lead.

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sbuffalo45Mar. 23, 12 6:05 AM

From target center, to block e, sky high taxes, and now farms, Minneapolis is becoming more like Detroit everyday!

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eastsider45Mar. 23, 12 6:17 AM

I promise you that there is great farming soil under the asphalt and concrete of Minneapolis. My grandparents and great-grandparents farmed that land until they were pushed out by city sprawl. They had some beautiful, very productive farms and grew some of the best potatoes in the world! This is a great idea.

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mutt10RMar. 23, 12 7:27 AM

Yes, urban farming is a terrific idea, but lead in the soil is a legitimate concern.

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starsucks777Mar. 23, 12 7:51 AM

We all have so many issues. Our kids have ADDHD and other learning disabilities. We are all over weght and have sky high taxes. I think lead is the last thing to worry about. Grow it and hire some neighboorhood kids to help.

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justinphMar. 23, 12 8:17 AM

Lead is a concern, but very few plants take up lead. It is more of a concern with root vegetables that are not washed well.

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casmithmnMar. 23, 12 8:39 AM

I'm sure no one ever thought about testing the soil--or the implications of possible chemicals in the ground--before starting these gardens. Why do people have to be such smarty pants?

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ruphinaMar. 23, 12 9:04 AM

Do they own this land? If not how did they get a permission to use it? If they are selling to the public, of course the soil needs testing; a flat spot like this could very easily have had something like a creosote plant on it, or been a dumping area for chemical laden industrial stuff before we started looking harder at this stuff. Just because it was never listed as adump doesn't mean nothing was ever dumped there. It could be something as simple as local residents throwing out their coal ash back in the day, and the soil could be full of mercury, much worse than lead. From the looks of the pic, it could be drsined wetland, and that wetland could have been tainted with industrial sewage and the ground is toxic. The point is, w/o testing there is no way to know. And finally, GET A ROTOTILLER- it is easily 10 to 100 times faster, and if it truly is a business, time is money. Bill G.

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ElsbethMar. 23, 12 9:55 AM

@ruphina - in the words of Snake Plissken ~ Your rules are really starting to annoy me. Don't buy the produce, I personally will take the chance.

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