Toxic Soil Busters (TSB) is a youth-run worker cooperative, offering soil testing, lead-safe landscaping services, outreach services, video production, and training. Currently employing 10 youth between the ages of 14 and 19 in Main South and Piedmont.http://www.vimeo.com/12752402
A production of the Climate Confluence (confluence-09.ning.com) and Worcester Roots Project (worcesterroots.org), in collaboration with the Eco-Justice Track at the Allied Media Conference (alliedmedia.org), including Green Guerrillas (guerrilla-griots.org), Outta Your Backpack Media (oybm.org) and Remedia.
Toxic Soil Busters work year-round offering soil testing, lead-safe landscaping services, outreach services, video production, and training. Toxic Soil Busters do multi-faceted community outreach which involves video production, skits, games, live music written by the youth, poetry and art to educate the community about lead and environmental justice. In 2008, TSB completed their first short video documentary, Toxic Soil… WHAT?! which will be part of the Adobe Youth Voices Project, “Beyond Green”. The team is currently working on a video training series on youth empowerment and leadership in the workplace as they continue their work to make Worcester lead safe.
Sixteen-year old Janice Serrano grew up in the Main South neighborhood in Worcester, MA. There is an almost invisible danger that strikes Janice close to home: tests find that the very yard where she has lived and played in since she was a child is contaminated with dangerous levels of lead from chipping paint. Janice knows that she was just one of many children put at risk of brain damage, learning disabilities, stunted growth, and reproductive problems caused by lead poisoning. Janice and a group of youth who are forming a business that runs cooperatively with no bosses the Toxic Soil Busters Co-op decide to take matters into their own hands. Their challenge: to make Janice’s yard safe; their best weapons: plants that pull up lead as they grow and hand-powered landscaping techniques.
Source: Worchester Roots