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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