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Funding boosts efforts to deal with soil lead contamination

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FLINT, MI (AP) -

A group that works to help Flint residents grow healthy food is part of an effort to help deal with historic lead contamination in soil.

Edible Flint supports more than 300 gardens through its Garden Starters program, which includes classes and technical assistance. It's already been working to ensure Flint's community and home gardens are safe amid the city's crisis with lead-tainted water.

On Tuesday, the state announced a roughly $22,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to the Michigan Food and Farming Systems to help Edible Flint and others ensure that soil is safe for growing food.

Issues related to lead in soil are a common challenge to growers in urban areas because of past use of leaded gasoline and lead paint.

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