Welcome to VegeSafe!
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 FREE soil metal testing program. Participants receive a formal report with their soil results and are provided with links to information and advice about "what to do next" in the event of soils containing elevated concentrations of metals and metalloids. We accept soil from all Australian states and territories. We do not accept soils from overseas due to Australian quarantine regulations.
The principal staff involved are Professor Mark P. Taylor, PhD Researchers Marek Rouillon and Paul Harvey and Research Assistants Steve George and Phoebe Peterson.
Our motto is "Carry On Gardening" because 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.
What is soil contamination like in your area? View the Latest Findings.
Sponsorship and Donations - We Need Your Support
VegeSafe currently operates as a Community Service and runs on the good will of staff and students. However, tax deductible donations to support our program can be made via the following link: MQ.edu.au/supporting. If your donation is specifically for our program please don't forget to register that fact when giving your support.