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Love Local: A Soil Festival to Grow Healthier Communities


Show your garden some love by joining us at the second annual soil festival!

Community gardens require lots of TLC, and much of the nurturing starts with the soil. Give your garden the love it deserves at “Love Local: A Soil Festival to Grow Healthier Communities.” We are uniting around community and backyard gardeners to support their role in shaping healthier communities in metro Atlanta.

The 2016 Soil Festival will be the perfect place to get the resources you need for your garden while meeting fellow growers at Truly Living Well’s newest urban farm located on the westside.

  • Meet fellow gardeners and local food advocates

  • Qualify to win organic compost

  • Take a composting workshop

  • Bring soil from your garden for complimentary testing

  • Get technical assistance and answers to your garden questions

  • Bring children for fun activities

  • Enjoy delicious locally-grown food and drinks

SOIL TESTING

Bring a sample of your soil for TWO complimentary soil tests.

  1. Get information on your soil at the SoilSHOP! Public health and soil experts can do a free, anonymous XRF screening of your soil to provide you with immediate information regarding lead content.  The following links provides information about how to collect a soil sample for the SoilSHOP. Here's an easy infographic(), and a step by step video "How to Collect a Soil Sample".

  2. The UGA Extension office will be present and able to take your soil sample for lab analysis. (The lab analysis is free for selected community gardens;costs start at $6 for a routine test for nutrients and pH) . Results can be mailed or emailed to you within 7-10 days.

Come out with your fellow community garden members, family and friends to learn how each of us can help to preserve the life underneath our feet and continue growing healthier communities!

HOW TO WIN 1200 POUNDS OF COMPOST FOR YOUR COMMUNITY GARDEN!

Everyone has a chance to pick up organic compost at SoilFest 2016 this year but only a few will get 1200 pounds of it delivered directly to their garden!

Bring your own bucket or bag to Soil Fest this year, and take home rich, nutrient-dense compost to prepare your garden for the fall growing season. As part of the Soil Fest activities, a heaping truck load of compost will be available on site for gardeners to fill up their buckets on a first come first serve basis.

Need more than a bucket of compost? Community gardeners, you can win one cubic yard (that’s 1200 pounds!) of organic compost and have it delivered directly to your garden.

Here’s how:

  • Attend Soil Fest 2016 on August 27, 2016 from 2pm to 6pm

  • Register your garden and complete an on-site survey when you arrive at Soil Fest 2016

  • Give consent to share your garden on the Food Well Alliance interactive garden map

  • Garden must be located in Fulton, Dekalb, Cobb, Clayton, or Gwinnett county

  • Gardeners must be currently growing and composting at their community garden

  • Gardens located in low-access neighborhoods will receive priority

  • Gardeners from the same community garden who complete the survey on-site will increase their chances

Note:

  • Up to three individual gardeners per community garden can win one cubic yard each (based on garden size)

  • Awarded gardeners will be notified in September to coordinate deliveries