As part of our educational program with the aim of providing local communities with the knowledge, tools and skills they need to become more sustainable and to re-use plastic waste, we recently conducted a hydroponic gardening workshop in our local villa of Batu Riri.
The workshop was a huge success and was attended by 50 women from the villages of Batu Riri and Gunung Woka along with the Heads of both villages and the Head of the Lembeh Women's Association. The ladies learned how to grow hydroponic flowers and vegetables (including celery, mint, lemon grass and lettuces) by up-cycling waste plastic bottles.
The process was a simple one for them to grasp and as a result, the ladies now have flowers and a selection of vegetables growing hydroponically in the villages and at their homes. Being able to produce a selection of vegetables in this way is a revelation for many of the villagers and for those with small or no gardens, growing produce wasn't an option before the workshops. The hydroponic planters which they have made can be suspended from trees or mounted to walls, giving them a whole new growing space.
To make the hydroponic planters the women were shown how to cut a 1.5 litre plastic water bottle in half and invert the top end and place it inside the base piece. Small holes were made in the bottle neck and shoulders which strips of cotton (cut up old t-shirts) were inserted to form "roots" which can draw the water from the base unit into the top half of the planter which is filled with soil and seeds.
The women and their families (including our own Lembeh Foundation team members) have embraced the project with enthusiasm and are even holding a hydroponic garden competition as part of their Indonesian Independence Day celebrations on August 17th!
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