Vote for Ocean Academy in the Sagicor Visionaries Challenge
March 6th, 2013 Posted in Businesses, Community Bulletin, News, Press Release, Uncategorized | No Comments »
Caye Caulker’s Ocean Academy has submitted an entry into the Sagicor Visionaries Challenge competition which is Caribbean-wide. Their entry is a prototype for turning waste materials into compost which will be used in their herb garden. Money earned from herb sales help to subsidize tuition for student gardeners. Click on the link to get to the entries, click on Ocean Academy, and then click on “VOTE”.

Ocean Academy’s submission is posted below. We at the Chronicles are very proud of our Ocean Academy students.

Ocean Academy Compost and Gardening Project: Turning waste products into solutions on the island of Caye Caulker Belize:
Product Description:
The current waste management solution for Caye Caulker, Belize is an open-pit dump where all trash – organic and inorganic – is burned. We are reducing the amount of organic waste in the trash site by removing fruit and vegetable waste to make compost. We use the compost to grow and sell culinary herbs and plants. This proposal is innovative because there are no recycling or alternative waste systems on our island. We also wanted to apply an entrepreneurial approach so that the project could subsidize student gardeners’ school tuition.
• Experimentation with ratios of compost materials
• Maintenance decisions such as watering schedules, frequency of mixing, amount of foliage
• Experimentation with different culinary herbs to determine growth rates
• Experimentation planting NASA space and earth-variety seeds

• Internet research
• Skype communication with mentors in Florida

• Design and construction of compost bins
• Carpentry for planters and plant shed

• Geometry and Measurements – construction of compost bins and planters
• Consumer math – culinary herb sales
• Estimation – amount and frequency of water for compost and plants

Caribbean Community Sustainability

Economic: Student gardeners learned entrepreneurial skills, an island niche market was created for our culinary herbs, home-growing kits helped family finances

Environmental: Organic waste was reduced from the village dump site, and more plants were grown increasing O2 and reducing CO2 from burn sites.

Social: Ocean Academy student gardeners were engaged and thus motivated to stay in school. Local and international knowledge was used to design the project. Community networks were strengthened as villagers, village council politicians, business owners, students, and volunteers worked together.