A Message About Our Food Safety from our Executive Director

A Message About Our Food Safety from our Executive Director

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In light of recent concerns about lead levels at Portland Public Schools (PPS) water, I wanted to share with you the efforts we’re making at Schoolyard Farms to ensure that the food we’re growing is safe and lead free.

This spring, we tested the soil specifically for lead at both of our school sites and found zero traces of lead at both farms. The soil test results can be made available upon request by emailing hello[at]schoolyardfarms.org. Research shows that it is considered safe to consume garden produce grown in soils with total lead levels less than 300 ppm. With our soil test results of 0 ppm, we can ensure that the food we’re growing is safe and lead free.

In addition to the soil test, the school districts with which we work (Oregon City and North Clackamas) have been conducting lead testing on their water fixtures this summer. As you can see in this report from Oregon City School District, two fixtures at Candy Lane exceeded safe lead levels. Both of these fixtures are indoors and neither affects the school farm. The report from North Clackamas School District shows that two fixtures at New Urban also exceeded safe lead levels. Neither of those fixtures are connected to the school farm and the water from those fixtures has been shut off, again not affecting the farm.

We strive to make sure that all of the produce grown on our farms is done so in a safe and ecological way. We promise to let you know if we ever feel the health or safety of our food has been compromised. Please feel free to reach out if you have any further questions or concerns.

Sincerely,
Courtney Leeds
Co-founder & Executive Director, Schoolyard Farms