Cross-posted from East Bay Express. When Laura Blakeney moved into her house in West Oakland, Calif. last year, she was thrilled to have a backyard. Her young daughter loved playing in the dirt. And all that space seemed perfect for a vegetable and herb garden. What she didn't see was the danger lurking in her soil. To help get the garden started, a neighbor suggested Blakeney contact City Slicker Farms, a West Oakland nonprofit that advocates for urban agriculture and installs backyard gardens in homes throughout the Bay Area. After Blakeney called to request a garden, City Slicker visited her …
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Nate Seltenrich has been with the East Bay Express since 2006, serving as Clubs Editor, Circulation Manager, and now Arts Editor, Eco Watch columnist, feature writer, and suspected beer critic. He has a keen interest in the environment, outdoors recreation, and public parkland, as well as the broader issues of conservation and sustainability. He lives in North Oakland.