Globe University student, Lorelei Ernster, learned some valuable lessons to help sustain the earth this quarter from her Service-Learning site. Lorelei and several students engaged as citizens in the Community Garden. They learned among many things how the garden contributes to the needs of the “food insecure” population in our community. They also learned many new “cutting edge” gardening techniques used there that increase productivity and sustainability in the garden.
One technique that Lorelei and others participated in at the garden is called “lasagna gardening” referring to the layering of green and brown organic items to produce a fluffy, crumbly soil that is easy to work. Since the soil is nutrient rich, pure composting material, the soil requires less fertilization. Little water is required to sustain the moisture because of improved water retention especially in sandy soils.
Lorelei states,”conserving natural resources is very important to the livelihood of our community as well as the entire nation….We need to make sure we are doing what we can now to make the community and the world a better place, even if it is for the future.”