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Backyard gardens, community gardens, and urban farms can provide many positive benefits to communities, including food production, beautification, and community building. However, urban soils occasionally contain contaminants. This website provides educational resources and soil testing to help urban growers protect themselves from contaminants.

Woman and girl in the garden


Learn about soil contaminats lead, arsenic, and cadmium, myths and facts about contaminants in urban soil, and risk from soil contaminants. 

Man testing the soil


Find sampling instructions, testing packages, and interpretations here. 

People applying mulch to soil


Learn about the many options to reduce soil contaminant exposure and protect your health.