Backyard gardens, community gardens, and urban farms can provide many positive benefits to communities, including food production, beautification, and community building. However, urban soils can be low in nutrients and are occasionally contaminated. Soil testing can reveal whether these constraints are present.
We offer testing designed for gardens and urban farms. These include low-cost heavy metal screening, which is recommented for the following site types:
- Formerly industrial
- Within 10 feet of a current or former structure that was built before 1960, or
- Have an unknown history
Results include an interpretation and recommendation (Example Report). See the sidebars for more information on soil lead and other contaminants.