SoilSHOP events in Cleveland

Is lead a risk in soil? Learn more 

Saturday, July 13, 2024. 10AM-1PM. Visit Coit Road Farmers Market to have your soil sample tested and visit Food Strong's Care-A-Van for food and nutrition information. Visit craft food vendors at the Farmer's Market located at 15000 Woodworth Rd. near East 152nd and Noble Rd. East Cleveland.

Saturday, July 27, 2024. 10 AM-1PM. Visit the Kentucky Gardens at West 38th and Franklin on Cleveland's Ohio City with convenient access to residents of Stockyards and Detroit Shoreway. In addition to having soil samples tested, take a garden tour and get info on upcoming events.

Saturday, August 10, 2024. 1PM-4PM at God’s Vision Foundation Family Fun Day at Stella Walsh Recreation Center located at 7345 Broadway Ave. Bring your soil samples for testing by CLASH/EPA and get food, play games, and pick up service info from God's Vision Foundation. Metro Health will be on hand for medical check ups.

Saturday, August 24, 2024 10AM-1PM Concerned Citizens Community Council. 13611 Kinsman Road. While you are getting your soil samples tested, visit the greenhouses, talk to the chickens and rabbits. tour the orchard and consult with local garden experts. "Putting Neighbor" Back in front of "Hood."

Soil Screening, Health, Outreach, and Partnership (soilSHOP) events provides an opportunity for neighbors to get soil samples screened for lead hazards. Simply bring up to 5 samples from your yard, garden, recreation or nearby lot to a SoilSHOP event. Staff from US EPA region 5 will scan the sample on site using an XRF machine (see below) and give you a report on possible lead hazards within 5 minutes. All Free. Test results belong to you.

Collecting a Single Soil Sample

Step 1: Identify an area of interest (garden, play area, nearby vacant lots) for your soil sample.

Step 2: Collect Soil - For a large area, collect soil from 5-10 random spots in that area and combine in a clean container. For a small area, collect soil from 3 random spots.

Step 3: Mix soil well in clean container.

Step 4: Remove pebbles, rocks, and roots, and let the sample dry in the air. Do not use a flame, oven or hairdryer to dry the soil!

Step 5: Transfer 1 - 2 cups of the mixed soil into a clean one-quart Ziplock bag. Label each bag with the source of the soil: location and type of area.

Where do toxic hazards in soil come from?

What can residents do if they find toxins in soil?

SoilSHOP experts can explain your options to seal the toxins away using mulch, raised beds, and other techniques to keep the toxins away from people. Learn more about lead in soil here