We ran an island sustainability EcoPark educating children on the connection between health and environment
Building at the EcoPark is continuing at a rapid pace. The first tours are beginning next month. While the park will not be fully completed until March 2017, tours will begin early. We want to leave the park under construction so that groups can come and be a part of the process. The groups will help us build mud walls and plant trees so that they can play a direct role in helping Bali’s environment. However, we don’t want to totally depend on tourists’ helping us. Our construction crew has been working at a faster and faster pace to be ready for these November tours. The park has totally transformed in the last two weeks. They have been building stairs, planting trees, marking where the gardens will be plus more. The tourists will help on many of the smaller projects.
We believe that for tour groups coming to Bali helping beautify the land will be something exciting. These tours and the related activities are something far from the typical tourist experiences. These programs will be both educational, with lectures and discussions, and also experiential with a chance to leave a lasting impression on the park and even all of Bali. It goes along with the idea of leaving a place better than you found it. Our Zero Waste training programs will allow tourists to leave an impact on Bali. By planting trees and building sites with organic materials, they will help leave the island better than they found it. By next month all of the initial structures will be completed. The gardens and composting areas will be ready. We will still need help building boarder walls. This is where the tour groups come in. They will also have the opportunity to tend to our gardens and plant more trees.
Construction continued today October 11th. Today the crew continued building the plant nursery wall. Its really beginning to take shape. As you can see in the photo, the boundaries of the wall are complete. It is only a matter of time before the area is completely ready. Once the stones are cleared out of this area our crew can begin planting. When it is ready we are planning to grow medicinal plants, fruit, and other plants native to Bali. We want to use this nursery as a way to show groups how they can grow plants for themselves. Later on, we will put in the seedling hut. We will give these seeds to groups so that they will be able to plant their own gardens. We want to encourage children to appreciate their environment and gardening is just one way to do that.
Construction Following the Plant Nursery
The first completed area on site will be this one. After its completion we will be able to focus on the composting area. The compost area boarders the plant nursery area so now it can have its boarders defined as well. The compost area will be at a lower level and have enough room to have up to ten different compost bins. This compost being produced at the park will be used in our garden beds and throughout the park to help produce beautiful, healthy plants. Once these areas are finished we will move on to perfecting other areas of the park. We want to work on our garden beds, small restaurant, and education center before our first tour next month. This will be a lot of work, but we are certain our crew is capable.
Today, October 10 was another long day of construction for our team. The weather was nice today with a good breeze, which made working a lot more enjoyable. Today’s focus was on constructing and finalizing the area for the seedling hut and plant nursery. Our crew continued leveling the land and constructing the boundary wall for the section. Further, we will be able to start planting there soon. We want to have many different kinds of small plants there to grow. Later, twenty to thirty different types of seeds will fill the seedling hut. We are also planning to use this area to grow medicinal plants. Our staff will teach children how to make Jamu, a type of Indonesian traditional medicine. The seedling hut and plant nursery area of the park will be finished sometime within the next two weeks. Our crew works all by hand so construction is slow.
Jonas was back at the site again today helping our crew level out the area of the future seedling hut. We were also fortunate to have the continued support of our BaliWise girls. The students came out again today to help with moving stones to their correct location. They work very quickly and provide assistance to our crew. They help make the work go faster and they enjoy doing it. It is a good way for them to get out of the dormitory when classes aren’t in session. They have been working from about 9:30 or 10 in the morning until about lunchtime. They provide a lot of support during these short hours. Without them the crew would have to spend this time moving stones, soil, and sand so they perform an important job. The construction will continue tomorrow. Keep a look out for our crowdfunding campaign!
Our EcoPark construction continues again today, October 7. We focused on constructing the boundaries for our seed bank. We were lucky enough to have some of our BaliWise students visit again today to provide their support. The girls moved rocks from the front of the park towards the seed bank. The girls moved the rocks towards the other workers so they could construct the boundary wall of the seed bank. Later, after the girls took a break, they began assisting the construction crew again. The girls shoveled the piles of sand closer to the boundaries of the seed bank. We are grateful for their assistance. We will give out seeds from the seed bank to tour groups once the park is completed. The anticipated date of completion is November 18th and we are moving on schedule to reaching that goal.
On October 7 the main focus was on preparing the seed bank. After this date, we are hoping to build even more facilities. We will include a plastic to oil machine and a glass crusher. We believe that with these tools we will be able to help teach local government officials and businesses about the importance of preventing waste form going into the ocean. Along with that we hope that children will have a fun time looking and touching all the different plants, but that they will also learn a lot! The kids will get to learn about both waste management and growing plants and permaculture. We may give the kids plants, seeds, and herbs because they will become fully engrossed in everything the park has to offer. We believe that the key to more environmentally sustainable practices is to instill the youth with an appreciation of our environment.