Soil provides ecosystem services critical for life: soil acts as a water filter and a growing medium; provides habitat for billions of organisms, contributing to biodiversity; and supplies most of the antibiotics used to fight diseases.Soil is the most important component of any landscape.  Healthy soil will make it easier for you to maintain beautiful plants or a green, full lawn.

Students participating in Wise County’s Grow Appalachia Project learned all about the different layers of soil and what you find in each by making edible soil cups. This is a fun and tasty way to teach any age group about the different soil layers.


  • Milk
  • Chocolate and vanilla pudding mix
  • Chocolate chips
  • Cookies of your choice
  • Coconut shavings
  • Green food coloring
  • Gummi Worms
  • Clear plastic cups
  • Spoons

Recipe for Edible Soil

Bed rock– semi-sweet chocolate chips.

C Layer– Vanilla Pudding

B Layer– Mixed layer of vanilla pudding, chocolate pudding, and crushed up cookies.

A Layer- Chocolate pudding and crushed up cookies

O Layer- Coconut shavings mixed with green food coloring

Final ingredient is a couple of sour gummi worms on top.