As part of her masters' thesis, Jennifer Gorospe helps you grow vegetables. At her series of community meetings, "Gardening without Heavy Metals", the San Jose State Environmental Studies student offers advice about how to find cheap, reliable tests for the soil near your house. With the explosion of interest in DIY food production, Gorospe says, "I have spoken with many people who would like to start a vegetable garden but are worried about what is in their soil." Because yeah -- in the city, you really can't tell just by looking. Depending on where you live, and what's happened there in the past, something could be in your dirt that would make your bell peppers less than healthy. Kids and pregnant people are especially susceptible to this kind of contamination; yikes. "Gardening without Heavy Metals" happens Aug.17,19,23,24, and 26 at various venues.
Tue., Aug. 24, 6 p.m., 2010