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Conservation Authority wants you to 'soil your undies'

They'll even provide you with a brand new pair of 100-per-cent cotton undies for the challenge
2019-04-25 soil your undies challenge
Supplied photo/Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority

The Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA) and the Soil Conservation Council of Canada want you to find out how healthy your soil is by burying a pair of cotton underwear in your soil for two months.

Why? Because after eight weeks, what’s left of the buried undies will indicate how healthy your soil is. If a lot of fabric remains, it means your soil could use some help. For farmers in particular, knowing your soil health is essential in developing strategies to increase crop yields.

The Soil Your Undies challenge is not new, but this is the first time we’re promoting the test in the Lake Simcoe watershed. Our goal is to help farmers, but anyone interested in understanding their soil health can participate.

Since the campaign is also online, you can reveal your results and compare how you fared on social media by using #soilyourundies.

It’s easy to participate! Contact Pete Shuttleworth, LSRCA Restoration Technician, and he’ll give you free pair of new, 100-per-cent cotton undies, as well as instructions on how to take part. Our underwear quantities are limited, so get yours today before we run out. Pete can be reached by email at or by phone at 905-895-1281, ext 114.

And for those who already know your soil could use some help, we offer up to $1,000 toward professional, unbiased soil sampling and nutrient management planning on your farm.

For more information, visit here.

Our mission is to work with our community to protect and restore the Lake Simcoe watershed by leading research, policy and action.