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Digging for Answers
What’s in your ground? Representative areas for the various soil types have been generally established, and knowing them is an important first step.
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Where the Soils Are
You may never have heard of a mollisol or a dystric inceptisol or be able to tell one from the other, but these and other soil types are literally the basis of all life, in the Islands and beyond.
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Sustaining Soil, Sustaining Lives
What grows—or won’t grow—in the soil, and why, is at the heart of natural resource and environmental management (NREM).
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Not Just Dirt
The humble soil’s status has undergone a dramatic shift in recent years. Once it was considered little more than a physical matrix, providing a place for roots to develop— the bulk of the plant’s needs were thought to come from external applications of chemical fertilizer and water, and its defenses from chemical pesticides. However, yield declines after growing the same crops on
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Add Value–Add Larvae
Most people are familiar with vermicomposting, using worms to break down garden and kitchen waste and boost the fertilizer content of the resulting compost.
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It’s All Fine for the Swine
The new foodie trend of “snout to tail” cooking utilizes all parts of the pig for sustainability and waste reduction as well as gastronomic pleasure.
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High Style, Low Waste
Dressmaking may not be high on most people’s list of waste-generating activities, but in fact, between 15 and 20 percent of each bolt of cloth ends up being discarded when garment pieces are cut out. Between that and clothing that’s worn and then discarded, the US throws away up to 21 billion pounds of textile waste a year!
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Greening Graywater
Schoolchildren learn about the natural water cycle: clouds, rain, streams, ocean, evaporation. In the municipal water cycle, water from the tap is used for drinking/ cooking, bathing, washing, and irrigation; the resulting “graywater” runs to the sewer, is taken to a wastewater treatment plant, and is purified to be used again. It’s in the purification process that things can
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