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SJCM Young Leaders working on presentations

SJCM Young Leaders working on presentations

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With the construction of the base of the water tank almost complete, the SJCM Young Leaders are working on presentations that they will be doing for schools in the Marriaqua Valley.{{more}}

Their presentations will include a conservation component and a hydroponics component, aimed at Form 1’s and grade 4 students. The Young Leaders will be talking about the water cycle and the importance of saving water, and sharing water saving tips. As for the hydroponics component, the group will be explaining what is hydroponics and the benefits of it.

After the hydroponics system is set up at SJCM, invitations will go out to those classes and farmers to come and visit, to see first-hand how the system works. As they embark on their project, they are hoping to inspire the people of St. Vincent with the benefits of growing vegetables in this innovative way.

The Young Leaders also had an informative interview at NBC radio this past week, where they shared their project ideas.

Hydroponics, simply stated, is growing plants without soil. Hydroponics works so well because it is giving the plant everything that it needs, in a controlled environment. When most people hear the word hydroponics, they think that plants are grown solely in water with no growing medium. This is one way of doing hydroponics, and there are many variations of this, used world-wide. Plants are grown in a pH balanced nutrient solution, with a growing medium.

Once the rain water has been collected at SJCM, it will be used for hydroponics, as it has a particular pH that is needed. Plants need a particular pH for the nutrients to be absorbed easily.

The growing medium that SJCM Young Leaders will be using is coconut fiber, as it is abundant, easily accessible, cost efficient and doesn’t add anything to the nutrient solution. If anyone is interested in trying hydroponics, please note that it can be a very cost-effective way to do gardening. Continue to follow as SJCM Young Leaders share information on conservation of water and hydroponics with the people of SVG.With the construction of the base of the water tank almost complete, the SJCM Young Leaders are working on presentations that they will be doing for schools in the Marriaqua Valley.

Their presentations will include a conservation component and a hydroponics component, aimed at Form 1’s and grade 4 students. The Young Leaders will be talking about the water cycle and the importance of saving water, and sharing water saving tips. As for the hydroponics component, the group will be explaining what is hydroponics and the benefits of it.

After the hydroponics system is set up at SJCM, invitations will go out to those classes and farmers to come and visit, to see first-hand how the system works. As they embark on their project, they are hoping to inspire the people of St. Vincent with the benefits of growing vegetables in this innovative way.

The Young Leaders also had an informative interview at NBC radio this past week, where they shared their project ideas.

Hydroponics, simply stated, is growing plants without soil. Hydroponics works so well because it is giving the plant everything that it needs, in a controlled environment. When most people hear the word hydroponics, they think that plants are grown solely in water with no growing medium. This is one way of doing hydroponics, and there are many variations of this, used world-wide. Plants are grown in a pH balanced nutrient solution, with a growing medium.

Once the rain water has been collected at SJCM, it will be used for hydroponics, as it has a particular pH that is needed. Plants need a particular pH for the nutrients to be absorbed easily.

The growing medium that SJCM Young Leaders will be using is coconut fiber, as it is abundant, easily accessible, cost efficient and doesn’t add anything to the nutrient solution. If anyone is interested in trying hydroponics, please note that it can be a very cost-effective way to do gardening. Continue to follow as SJCM Young Leaders share information on conservation of water and hydroponics with the people of SVG.

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