Community garden soil testing

2016, EcoMatters Environment Trust

EcoMatters received funding towards the cost of soil testing for their planned community garden expansion. EcoMatters wants to expand their community gardens in Olympic Park to meet community demand for growing space, but the land is a closed landfill, so professional soil testing was required to establish whether the land will be safe for food growing.

The soil test results showed that the soil in the proposed community garden areas is uncontaminated enough to meet the standards for organic certification. EcoMatters will continue to work with Auckland Council Parks to progress the proposed community garden expansion.