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Spring 2011 1 IntroductionCommunities throughout the country are turning to urban agriculture and gardening as a reasonable option to increase their access to healthy, nutritious, and low-cost produce. Some of the sites that communities are using for urban gardens were previously home to industrial and commercial operations. A garden on abandoned land can become a new community asset by improving the visual look of a neighborhood and potentially increasing nearby property values. Community gardens provide many benefits, including healthier lifestyles by increasing activity levels, providing fresh produce, growing community pride, and nurturing social interactions and cooperation among people.For communities interested in gardening on a site that might be contaminated, it is important to first determine the health and suitability of the soil at the site. It is a common gardening practice to test soil for characteristics such as pH and nutrient availability. When creating a garden on lan...