Tire Gardening: Syracuse, NY 6/12/10
Michael et all: This might not be the best workshop to attend or advertise. Back in 1986, when I took my Permaculture Design Course from Dan Hemenway at Genesis farm, we learned that Mollison is not always correct. Dan noted that tires should not be used for islands in ponds, in gardens, or in house foundations because they contain cadmium. The cadmium leaches out and is taken up by vegetables, fruits, and fungi. (Chinese Shiitake mushrooms are full of cadmium, and should not be eaten, by the way. Honest Weight Food Coop’s are USA origin, and safe.) Cadmium is not the only hazardous metal in tires, nor is it the only dangerous material that leaches out of tires. It only takes a few milligrams of cadmium to make you sick. It is used in control rods in nuclear reactors to slow or stop fission as cadmium is very hungry for neutrons. VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds, from the petroleum components) also get out of the tires and into the soil according to an article in the April, 2009 issue Rodale’s Organic Gardening magazine. This is something that needs to be taught. Word needs to get around so people do not do things like this. Maybe we need a workshop on dangerous practises that only seem harmless, and a screening program for workshop ideas that can spread ignorance en mass. This is a case where what you don’t know can hurt you, your kids, and anyone else you feed On Mon, Jun 7, 2010 at 9:54 AM, Michael Burns <michael> wrote:
Announcing a new Meetup for Permaculture and Homesteading Guild!
What: Tire Gardening
When: Saturday, June 12, 2010 10:00 AM
617 West Street
Syracuse, NY 13202
Join the owners of 617 West St. (which includes the proprietors of the
fabulous Roji Tea House) for a tire garden planting activity on Saturday June
12th, 10 am.
"We should have most of the structured layout finished and we’ll need people
for the planting and covering for the tires. We’ll also have a rain barrel on
hand to maybe setup for watering throughout the summer. The potluck/get
together will be the following Saturday June 19th"
Iced tea will be provided by Roji Tea Lounge.
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