EPA to help Aunt Katie’s Community Garden expand, clean arsenic from soil

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Aunt Katie’s Garden grows food for the community and allows for the buyer to see exactly where their produce comes from.

Through the EPA’s Brownfields Program, Aunt Katie’s Garden will be able to remove the contaminants from the soil and expand their garden.

“We have been working on this for two or three years and the first time we didn’t get the grant,” said Michael Jackson, the convener of Aunt Katie’s Community Garden.

Through perseverance and then need to serve the community, they were awarded the grant.

Jackson said two and a half feet of dirt must be removed from this lot to take out arsenic from the 50s.

The soil will be replaced and two new high tunnels will be installed to increase their production.

“We’ve gone through a process of planning and public outreach and were at the point of mobilizing the cleanup operation,” said Bob Wilkerson of Planning and Development with the city of Dothan.

“I believe with the construction, we should probably be up and running by the end of July or August, I would say,” Jackson said.

At Aunt Katie’s Garden, you can get fresh produce year-round, and if you order from the Wiregrass, you can be sure its fresh.

“They see us pull it out of the ground; which is an exciting thing for a lot of folks, especially the kids,” Jackson said. “We don’t use any harsh chemicals. In fact, that’s my fertilizer right there.”

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