Group works to ensure Flint's gardens safe amid water crisis - WNEM TV 5

Group works to ensure Flint's gardens safe amid water crisis

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FLINT, Mich. (AP) -

A group that works to help Flint residents grow healthy food is working to ensure that community and home gardens are safe amid the city's crisis with lead-tainted water.

Edible Flint supports more than 300 gardens through its Garden Starters program, which includes gardening classes and technical assistance. The state says the group will expand its programs as those involved prepare for the upcoming gardening season.

The group, which typically tests about 50 new gardens each year, will be increasing the number soil tests for Flint's food gardens that will include testing for lead. They also plan to provide hose filters for garden irrigation for those involved in the program.

Edible Flint also plans to review the selection of seeds and plants being distributed this year.

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