Atlanta's Only Soil Festival Digs into Second Year of Fun on August 27

Great soil is the foundation of any good backyard vegetable patch or community garden, but it’s hard to know how your soil is shaping up without a soil test.

On Saturday, Aug. 27, the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Agricultural and Environmental Services Laboratories (AESL) will be accepting soil samples for testing at “Love Local: A Soil Festival to Grow Healthier Communities,” an event produced by the Food Well Alliance and hosted by the Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture.

“Healthy plants start with healthy soil,” said Becky Griffin, community and school garden coordinator for UGA Extension. “Learning how to create healthy soil is imperative to garden success."

The festival, held from 2 to 6 p.m., will showcase community garden and urban agriculture groups from across metro Atlanta and will feature composting workshops and other resources for improving soil health.