Our story

  • Alluvial Soil Lab was established to meet the rising need for user-friendly and readily available soil testing. Their mission was clear: to make soil analysis accessible to everyone, regardless of expertise or background. By offering comprehensive testing services and easy-to-understand recommendations, they aimed to empower farmers, gardeners, and environmentalists alike. Through innovative technologies and a commitment to education, Alluvial Soil Lab sought to demystify soil science and promote sustainable land management practices for a diverse range of users.

  • We understand the crucial role soil plays in supporting healthy crops, vibrant landscapes, diverse ecosystems, and in addressing climate change. Soil is the foundation of positive change at every level. Through our work, we aim to harness soil's potential to create resilient farming systems, enhance natural beauty, foster biodiversity, and contribute to global sustainability efforts. Our commitment lies in recognizing and preserving the invaluable resource that soil represents, working towards a future where its importance is respected and its potential fully realized.

  • We assist gardeners, farmers, landscapers, landscape architects, and the public sector. Our analyses provide valuable insights for healthier gardens, sustainable agriculture, and harmonious landscapes. We're grateful to support these dedicated individuals and organizations in their endeavors.

Our favorite quotes

  • "The grower of trees, the gardener, the man born to farming, whose hands reach into the ground and sprout, to him the soil is a divine drug. He enters into death yearly, and comes back rejoicing. He has seen the light lie down in the dung heap, and rise again in the corn."

    - Wendell Berry

  • “...As a farmer, man himself became closely attached to the landscape, firmly rooted to the soil that supported him. At times the soil seemed bountiful and kindly and again stubborn and unfriendly, but it was always a challenge to man’s cunning.”

    - Charles E. Kellogg

  • “To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves.” 

    - Mahatma Gandhi

  • "The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all. It is the healer and restorer and resurrector, by which disease passes into health, age into youth, death into life. Without proper care for it we can have no community, because without proper care for it we can have no life."

    - Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture

  • “...only rarely have we stood back and celebrated our soils as something beautiful and perhaps even mysterious. For what other natural body, worldwide in its distribution, has so many interesting secrets to reveal to the patient observer”

    - Les Molloy

  • “Essentially, all life depends upon the soil ... There can be no life without soil and no soil without life; they have evolved together.”

    - Charles E. Kellogg, USDA Yearbook of Agriculture, 1938

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