Food Safety, Soil, and Water Testing Recommendations for School and Community Gardens

First Paragraph:
In January 2014, legislation was adopted in New Jersey authorizing public schools to serve students the produce grown in community gardens (NJ A3019). The legislation requires that in order for the produce to be served to students, the soil and water used in the garden must been tested for contaminants and shown to be safe for growing food. In addition, the produce must have been handled, stored, transported, and prepared safely and in accordance with applicable Federal, State, and local health and sanitation requirements.
Tags:
water quality, soil contamination, food safety, community garden, school garden
Publication Number:
E350
Author(s):
Michele Bakacs
Meredith Melendez
Publisher:
Rutgers NJAES Cooperative Extension
Date Published:
3/11/2015
Number of pages:
6

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  1. Rutgers
  2. Executive Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  3. School of Environmental and Biological Sciences