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VegeSafe is a community science participation program run by Environmental Science staff at Macquarie University. We are the only service of this kind in Australia!

We seek to inform the community about metal and metalloid contaminants in their garden soil through our soil metal testing program. By participating, you will receive a formal report containing the results of your soil analysis, and advice about what to do next in the event of soils containing elevated concentrations of metals and metalloids. 

We accept soil samples from all Australian states and territories. Due to quarantine regulations we cannot accept soils from overseas. 

The principal staff involved are Professor Mark P. Taylor and our lab technicians Ms Kara Fry and Mr Max Mclennan-Gillings.  

For 6 years VegeSafe has been operating as a service to all Australians. In order to keep the program running and accessible to all, we ask for a small donation. This donation covers the time involved and the cost of soil analysis and laboratory consumables. We ask if you could please consider providing a donation to support the work of the program, starting from $20. Please note: your donation covers up to five samples submitted, it is not per sample.

A $20 donation to support our program can be made at the following link: Support VegeSafe 


Our motto is "Carry On Gardeningbecause this is exactly what we want people to do - in the knowledge that their soils are metal free as is the produce from their gardens.

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