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From the Ground Up – Guide for Soil Testing in Urban Gardens

This guide by Toronto Public Health acknowledges the benefits of urban growing and addresses the need for more information about soil safety. It connects growers with tools and resources regarding soil quality which is one of the most significant factors when growing in urban environments. The guide outlines three steps for reducing risks of growing in urban soil: establish the level of concern, test the soil, take steps to reduce risks.


Community Growing

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Toronto Public Health

Date published

October 2013