Lanikai School advances to State Science Fair with EM•1® Bokashi project
Kainoa wanted to test the value of EM-Bokashi used as a solo soil
amendment for his science fair project. We had accumulated four
Blasters full so there was plenty bokashi available for field trials.
For the first trial, 6th grade teacher Mr. Sawyer rented a jackhammer
with a spade attachment to dig a foot-deep hole right into
the hillside in the worst soil imaginable – bereft of any organic
matter, sandy and depleted. Approximately 125 pounds of bokashi
fermented material was thoroughly mixed in and then covered with
another four inches of bad soil.
After two weeks, the pickled goop will be broken down to
nutrients that plants can absorb. Following winter break, Kainoa
will plant eggplants, peppers, bok choy, gooseberries, kale, and
basil. The hypothesis is, “Bokashi is a rich and complete soil
amendment able to sustain healthy plant growth even in poor soil.”
Kainoa Orgeles, the young man pictured digging 125 pounds of
bokashi into the hillside to test its effectiveness was one of six
Lanikai School students who presented their projects at the
Windward District Science Fair competition in January. Laniaki
kids compete in a category that includes 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.
Three projects were selected to compete at the State Science Fair in
March, Kainoa’s among them! Processing food waste into soil nutrients
is not just an abstract class project for a grade or award, but a
real life activity that Kainoa participates in every day by sorting
lunch and snack waste. Zero Waste practices teach both good science
and good stewardship for a lifetime.
The Hawaii State Science & Engineering Fair will be held March
29-30 at Hawaii Convention Center, Exhibition III, 8:30am - 5 pm
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Photo: I visited their school on March 28, 2016 to see the Science fair project. Look how well the plants are growing with only EM® Treated Food waste in the area that was just poor soil.
Photo: Lanikai Elementary School Food Waste Recovery Log as of March 2016, over 11,000 pounds of food waste recycled!