Soil Remediation Education

Project Leads: Sara Cate Jones, Kate Kaplan, Kelly Archer

Sponsor: Student Organic Gardening Association

TGIF Grant: $2,000.00

Project Theme: Food Justice & Sustainability

Project Location


2014 Application Submission

Status: In Progress

Project Description: The Student Organic Gardening Association will create an educational program and curriculum that details the processes behind remediating contaminated soil. This curriculum will be implemented in workshops and during the spring 2014 DeCal ‘Intro to Organic Gardening’.


  1. Educate local and student gardeners on the different types of soil contamination, why soil contamination occurs, and how to remediate afflicted soil.
  2. Hold a series of workshops and classes that will highlight how to build “clean” soil, bind contaminants, and construct raised beds from various, locally sourced materials.
  3. Compile curriculum into a pamphlet that can be used by gardeners dealing with contaminated soils in their gardens.
  4. Build raised beds in the most affected areas within SOGA garden.
Project Updates

1.  Completed their design for raised bed/herb spiral.
2.  Successfully picked up compost from the Berkeley Marina.
3.  Banner designed and all materials have been purchased.
4.  Header for irrigation has been installed.

Mission Statement

The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) provides funding for projects that reduce UC Berkeley's negative impact on the environment and make UC Berkeley more sustainable. TGIF will allocate funds to projects that promote sustainable modes of transportation, increase energy and water efficiency, restore habitat, promote environmental and food justice, and reduce the amount of waste created by UC Berkeley. Portions of the fund also support education and behavior change initiatives, student aid (via return to aid), and internships. TGIF is supported by student fees and administered through a student-majority committee and a program coordinator.