[permaculture] testing soil for toxins

jordan at riseup.net jordan at riseup.net
Sun Jun 1 23:08:57 EDT 2008

Hi Calliope

This is Jordan Fink in Portland... Talk to Rodney at growing gardens...
they have a good deal on soil testing.

What kind of project are you doing?


> Hello,
> I'm working with some other gardening activists here in Portland, OR to
> plant some food producing gardens in urban areas where there is
> now nothing or something not edible growing. We have our eye on some
> sidewalk median spaces which has got us thinking about the soil
> potentially having toxins. I read somewhere (Toby?) that this is usually
> the case in cities.
> Does anyone know of soil test kits that will test for heavy metals,
> petroleum, etc? Or does this sort of thing have to be sent to a lab? If
> so, does anyone know of labs that would work with us on this without the
> cost of this testing becoming the challenge that makes these new garden
> spaces not feasible?
> Thank you,
> Calliope
> If you want to read the mystic story written in your future
> You better start to write it now...
> ~Gaia Consort~
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