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Puerto Vallarta News NetworkVallarta Living | July 2008 

Vallarta Kids are Digging Up Some Fun
email this pageprint this pageemail usLaura Gelezunas - PVNN



 
Just because school lets out for the summer doesn't mean that kids are not going to stay busy. One group is making some extra money with worms, and it has nothing to do with fish bait. The non-profit association, PEACE, is digging up some fun.

A scoop of worms writhes on a scale at the presentation table for everyone to see and people pay money for these wiggly guys. The second compost fair and worm sale was held recently at the American School in Marina Vallarta. Students from the junior high in Punta de Mita eagerly explained vermiculture, the art of making garbage disappear with the help of worms.

Fernando Marrón, a Worm Expert, explains the process as he refers to a hand made sustainable environment chart, "Here's a boy eating an apple. We usually throw all that garbage into the trash. Our project mixes that organic waste with California worms and some coconut fiber, they eat it, they make the compost, then it is sold to farms. The compost makes better quality apples so the farmers sell them for more money."

The students started this science project in February 2008 because they are learning that organic waste has value. Given the right environment and a little attention, a handful of California worms will multiply rapidly and digest kitchen scraps faster than any other composting method.

That compost also produces more worms, which can be sold, along with the rich plant product. It's safe, it's simple and it's the right thing to do. Instead of adding to the vast amounts of garbage headed to the landfill, these kids are taking control of their environment.

"In their town it's hard because they don't have the culture of separating garbage," says Diana Ontiveros, Composting Queen and project leader, "This is the first step. Next semester we want to take make a huge compost site at their school so they start the project on a much larger scale. This also gives them the opportunity to move a portion of it to their own house and get their family involved."

These kids are so excited and proud because they are traveling to many places and teaching other kids and adults about their own project, they produce compost, make money and have lots of fun.

Vermiculture, the new environmental buzz word in the Bay of Banderas.

A Banderas Bay non-profit organization, PEACE acts as an umbrella organization for four charitable programs, Casa Comunidad, Ayuda Los Animales (Help The Animals), a Women's Co-Op (Manos de Mujeres Unidas) and Community Pride. It is a U.S. non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, which accepts tax-deductible donations and a Mexican Civil Association that issues facturas for donations. For more information, please visit PeaceMexico.org or click HERE to read more about PEACE
Vermicultura, la Nueva Palabra de Moda en la Bahía de Banderas
Laura Gelezunas - PVNN

Solo porque se terminan las clases no significa que los niños van a estar desocupados. Un grupo está ganando dinero extra vendiendo lombrices, y no tiene nada que ver con carnada para peces. La AC PEACE está haciendo algo divertido este verano.

Un puñado de lombrices se retuercen en una báscula en frente de todoss, y la gente paga dinero por estas lombricitas. La segunda feria de composta y venta de lombrices se realizo recientemente en el American School en la Marina de Vallata. Estudiantes de la secundatia de Punta de Mita emocionados explicaron acerca de vermicultura, el arte de desaparecer la basura con la ayuda de las lombrices.

Fernando Marrón, un experto en lombrices, explica el proceso con la ayuda de una cartulina con una gráfica de ambiente sustentable, "Este es un niño comiendo una manzana, usualmente echamos todo esto a la basura. Nuestro proyecto combina los desechos orgánicos con las lombrices rojas de california, un poco de fibra de coco, se comen todo esto, hacen la composta y luego se le vende a las granjas. La composta crea manzanas de mejor calidad para que los agricultores las puedan vender por más dinero."

Los estudiantes iniciaron este proyecto en Febrero de 2008, porque estan aprendiendo que los desechos orgánicos son valiosos. Dandoles un ambiente favorable y un poco de atención, un puñado de lomprices se multiplica rápidamente y procesan desechos de cocina mas rápido que cualquier otro método de composta.

Esa composta también produce más lombrices, que pueden venderse junto con el hummus. Es seguro, limpio, y lo correcto. En lugar de contribuir con las cantidades enormes de basura que se van al basurero, estos niños están tomando el control de su ambiente.

"En su pueblo es difícil porque no tienen la cultura de separar la basura," dice Diana Ontiveros, la reina de la composta y líder del proyecto, "Este es el primer paso. El próximo semestre queremos hacer una composta muy grande en la escuela, empezar el proyecto a una escala mucho más grande. Esto también les da la oportunidad de mover un parte a sus casas e involucrar a sus familias."

Los niños están muy emocionados y orgullosos porque están viajando a otros lugares a enseñar a otros niños y adultos sobre su proyecto, hacen composta, ganan dinero y se divierten.



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