Soil Testing to Ensure Safe Gardening

Before sowing carrot and kale seeds, many city-dwelling green thumbs may wonder whether the food they will harvest from their urban plots is truly safe to eat.

Soil Kitchen, held on March 16 and 17 in Penn's Hill College House and University City's Clark Park, helped gardeners determine if their soil is risk-free. The outreach event, organized by Jane Willenbring, an assistant professor in Penn's Department of Earth and Environmental Science, provided free soil testing and expert advice.

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Photos by Steve Minicola, University Communications