Earth Repair: Grassroots Remedies for Detoxing and Healing Contaminated and Damaged Land
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Are you passionate about growing and gathering your own food and medicine, but are concerned that the soil in your community is contaminated by heavy metals or chemicals? Do you live in a place where industrial activity formerly occurred or is currently taking place and are concerned about the toxic legacies left behind?
From converting vacant city lots into urban farms, community gardens, and gathering spaces to growing safe and healthy food and medicine in our backyards, how can we work with the power of living systems to heal and transform contaminated and damaged land into nourishing and fertile places once more?
This workshop will explore some of the DIY ways we can work with the many micro-organisms, mushrooms, and plants that are the planets finest and oldest disaster responders, alchemists, and healers.
The workshop will cover the basics of different grassroots bioremediation techniques, including:
microbial remediation (using microorganisms to break down and bind contaminants); phytoremediation (using plants to extract, bind, and transform toxins); and mycoremediation (using fungi to clean up contaminated soil and water).
Other topics that may be covered in the workshop include soil testing, oil spills, protective gear and self care, detox, and herbal allies for grassroots remediators, frontline communities and disaster responders.. Welcome to the wild world of grassroots bioremediation and earth repair.
Facilitated by Leila Darwish
University Centre Room 441