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City Farming NYC Meetup Message Board › Soil Testing Advice?

Soil Testing Advice?

user 12348393
New York, NY
Post #: 10
Hi Guys,

I help manage a small urban farm in Greenpoint and due to the industrial history of the neighborhood we need to be conscious of possible soil contaminants like lead and other nastiness. We farm in raised beds of imported topsoil, separated from the native soil by tarpaulin sheets.

We'd like to make sure that our topsoil has not been contaminated by water run off over the winter before we plant this year and I remember being told there was a soil testing lab based out of Columbia university that can do this for a small fee. Unfortunately I'm not able to find anything on the internet about it, I was wondering if any of you guys might be able to point me in the right direction?

I've found these guys in Missouri, this is certainly the kind of thing I'm looking for but I'm wondering if there is anyone more local who can help!


Any advice gratefully received!

Brooklyn, NY
Post #: 57
Brooklyn College does soil testing. Here's a link.


Hope you get good news!
user 11809134
Brooklyn, NY
Post #: 1
Hello Michael,

The Healthy Soils, Healthy Communities project may have some ideas on soil testing and healthy gardening practices for you.

Their home page is:

Great fact sheets on sources of soil contaminants, soil testing, and best management practices are at:

The Department of Health also has a brochure about healthy gardening:­

A list of labs certified by the NYS Department of Health to test for soil contaminants is at:­ml

Hope these resources are helpful to you!
user 12348393
New York, NY
Post #: 11
Thanks guys! you're awesome, exactly what I needed.
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