Band together with us for a fun hands-on science experiment to test your soil health
Healthy soils are hungry! 🦠 There are billions of microbes—bacteria, fungi, protozoa—in just a teaspoon of soil. These soil microbes need to eat and breathe just like we do. What do they eat? Carbon.
Carbon is a common element in all organic compounds, including cotton. So when 100% cotton underwear is buried in the soil, the worms and microbes see it as food.
As a member of the Pennsylvania Soil Health Coalition, Pasa’s staff is participating in the #SoilYourUndiesChallenge by burying underwear across the state—in farm fields, community garden beds, office building front yards, and rural and urban back yards. After 60 days, we’ll dig them up and compare the results: the less underwear left, the healthier the soil.
Join us in this fun-for-the-whole-family experiment to learn more about soil health near you. Check out our staff submissions below. Keep on scrolling to find instructions for participating!
Here’s our staff’s soon to be dirty laundry:
Here’s how to take part in this BRIEF community science project:
✏️ Sign up for the challenge at pasoilhealth.org. 🩲 Get a pair of 100% cotton undies. 📏 Plant them in your soil (3–4 inches deep) any time before June 30. ⛳ Mark the location. 🗓️ Wait 60 days. 🔍 Carefully dig them up to see what’s left. The less, the better. 📷 Don’t forget to take before and after photos!