The past month has been full of learning curves for the UPLift Pig/Compost project--preparing for a pig rearing project that uses low-cost inputs like fermented banana stalk feed and powerful microorganisms harvested locally, we have been fighting through rainy season to get everything ready for the pigs to arrive in October. See what we've been doing below, and for the full photo update click here!
|Students lending a hand...well, their feet, by crushing eggshells for use in a calcium concentrate|
|Our completed work area, with pig pen sticking out amongst the banana trees|
|Harvesting bananas for students, and trimming down the cluster of stalks|
|One teacher has been doing a great job of keeping rosella and young banana trees healthy during the rains|
|Speaking of rain, it has been the heaviest season in the past few decades, which can be seen by looking at our original deep litter above.|
|...however, we have been refilling the deep litter with soil, sacrificing some volume for a dry and effective space for the pigs|
|Students and staff help to prep a fermented concentrate that provides large amounts of nitrogen for pigs and vegetables alike|