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Exciting Events Offered by NYS Department of Health at the Community Gardens on the Same Day of OWFF!

AT THE UTICA GARDEN: Gardening events for the whole family


SoilSHOP: ONE STOP for all your gardening questions

  • Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) and New York State Department of Health’s Brownfield Land Re-Use Project
  • Bring your yard or garden soil in a one quart baggie for testing:
 Free garden or yard soil for screening for heavy metals, lead, for local residents
- Experts on hand to check the soil for lead on site
- Provide soil screening results, education and guidance on how this impacts direct  soil planting in your garden or whenever you should consider building raised bed  gardens
  • RAFFLE: 60 gallon compost bin and more- bring your soil sample to the soilSHOP and receive a free raffle ticket

  • Cornell Cooperative Extension 
- Free soil pH testing and education on improving your garden soil, general  gardening expertise
  • Oneida Herkimer Solid Waste Authority 
- Composting demonstrations and composting experts on hand to answer your questions

  • HOPS and Fermentation Presentations
  • Steve Miller, Cornell Cooperative Extension
- The history of HOPS in Centeral New York
- Hillary Jo Pitoniak 1/2 hour presentation followed by 1/2 hour Q & A session on Fermentation and Beer

  • Cornell Cooperative Extension Mater Gardener
- Will offer advice on gardening with children and discuss the Thea Bowman Children’s Garden Program

  • Utica Library
  • Children’s gardening programming in the library adjacent to the garden
  • Movie Premiere: “Utica Community Garden”, short film by award willing filmmaker Bhawin Suchak, filmed in Utica, at Children’s Garden, in the summer of 2014, including a dire