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BU SRP Students and Staff Offer Free Soil Testing at Community Festival

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BU SRP students and staff communicate test results to urban gardeners.  From left: Students Edmarie Martinez-Rodriguez and Faye Andrews, BU SRP staff member Ashley Miller, and BU  SRP student Michel Valentin.
(Photo courtesy of BU SRP)

The Boston University (BU) Superfund Research Program (SRP) Community Engagement Core partnered with The Food Project , a Massachusetts-based nonprofit that promotes sustainable agriculture and access to healthy food, to offer free soil testing at City Farm Fest. The event, on May 11, was open to the public and took place at the Dudley Greenhouse, a community greenhouse sited on a rehabilitated brownfield in Roxbury.

A team of several BU staff and students were on site to analyze garden soil samples for lead (Pb) with an X-Ray Fluorescence analyzer (XRF) and help interpret and answer questions about the results for attendees. The BU SRP analyzed more than 100 samples and offered soil health consultations to 55 community and backyard gardeners.

City Farm Fest is an annual celebration held at the beginning of spring and the start of the growing season. In addition to free soil analyses and consultation, attendees could also purchase seedlings, compost, and garden materials, and engage in other educational activities.

To see more photos from the event, visit the BU SRP website.

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