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Soil Health & Testing Program
With spring comes preparation for planting gardens. To help backyard gardeners determine how much fertilizer is optimal, the Purdue Extension Parke-Vermillion Master Gardeners will be hosting a Soil Health & Soil Testing program at the Vermillion County Fairgrounds Community Building in Cayuga Park on March 15th at 6:00 pm. This free program will feature a presentation by University of Illinois Research Scientist Dr. Jim Nardi. Dr. Nardi (Purdue U., Harvard U., Clinton High School, and Parke County 4-H Alumni) is the author (and illustrator) of Life in the Soil: A Guide for Naturalists and Gardeners and he will be discussing soil health for gardeners. Purdue Extension will also provide information about how to get your garden soil tested with recommendations for any needed fertilizer or other amendments prior to the backyard gardening season. In addition, Parke and Vermillion County residents that attend this program will have an opportunity to receive up to 4 free standard soil tests per household that are submitted to the Vermillion County Extension Office by May 6th. If desired, program participants may bring dry soil samples and submit them at the program on March 15th. Anyone that has an interest in soil health and testing is invited to attend. No registration is required. This program is being sponsored by the Vermillion and Parke County Soil and Water Conservation Districts. For more information, contact the Vermillion or Parke County Extension Offices at 765-492-5330 or 765-569-3176 respectively. Purdue University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution.

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