CARA’s Soil Health Lab allows producers and others access to biological and physical soil assessments, to understand what is affecting their soil health and to build a bridge for improving it based on localized and site-specific constraints.

Covid-19 Notice

The CARA staff & Board members have decided to close the Soil Health Lab for pedestrian traffic in order to align with what is promoted to prevent potential spreading of the Covid 19 virus

Currently, our staff are being given the option to work remotely in the event that they must self-isolate, become ill, must care for a sick family member or have child care responsibilities due to the current pandemic. Some of the staff will be in the office during regular office hours, but if not you can reach them via email.

Please contact Dr. Yamily Zavala at with any questions or before you submit a sample for testing for the time being.

Sampling Notice

If you are sending samples in to be tested for Biological activity, we ask that you sample your soils not in the winter. If you sample your soils during the winter, while the ground is frozen, the biological activity will not be representative of the true activity as there is limited activity in frozen soils.


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Soil is a living ecosystem and is a farmer's most precious asset. A farmer's productive capacity is directly related to the health of his or her soils.
-Howard Warren Buffet


© 2020 CARA Soil Health Lab.

PH: 403-664-3777

Oyen, Alberta

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