Know Your Own (Soil)

photo courtey of NRCS Soil HealthThere's nothing like planting your own veggie garden to put super fresh, super healthy produce onto your dinner table. But in order to be sure your veggies are healthy, it's a good idea to be sure your soil is. Luckily, on Saturday, May 4 Shissler Recreation Center (1800 Blair St.) where a Soil Kitchen will be taking place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.!

A soil kitchen is an event where neighbors bring soil samples from their backyard or gardens to be anonymously tested for contaminants. These "kitchens" test pH and nutrient levels, and most importantly the presence of lead. North Philadelphia was once home to many factories during the industrial period, some of which were lead-based. Knowing what is in your soil is important for the health of our neighborhood and those living in it, especially if you have a garden or have children who enjoy playing outside.

Events at the Soil Kitchen will include: 

  • All day: Free soil testing for lead
  • 11am: Learn how to garden in raised beds
  • 11am: DIY terrarium workshop for children. Green Guide, Melissa Colosi, will be showing kids how to make a terrarium out of a soda bottle! Thanks for your support in helping kids learn!
  • 1pm: Kensington Community Food Co-op on healthy food in our neighborhood

The Soil Kitchen is generated by Sustainable 19125, a broad and innovative partnership among community residents, businesses, and numerous government, nonprofit, and for profit partners to green the Fishtown, Olde Richmond, and East Kensington neighborhoods of Philadelphia. Its goal is to make 19125 the most sustainable zip code in the city. This community-driven initiative is led by New Kensington Community Development Corporation (NKCDC), with support from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS).

No RSVP is necessary to attend the Soil Kitchen, but you can choose to sign-up here. For more information contact Drew Serres at or 215-427-0350 x116