Soil building class at UH Hilo

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Date: Thursday, January 18, 2018
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 932-7669

For Immediate Release

The College of Continuing Education and Community Service (CCECS) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo offers a class on soil building with Zach Mermel.

Rapid Topsoil Formation will provide information and hands-on experience with a range of soil building techniques for degraded landscapes, including swale-mound earthworks, aerobic compost tea, foliar feeding and biological inoculants, biochar and re-mineralization, intensive rotational micro-grazing, and cover cropping. Class will be held on Saturday, January 27, from 9 am – 4 pm, in the Forest TEAM Greenhouse on the Manono Campus. Cost is $75.

Instructor Zach Mermel holds a master’s degree in ecological design from the Conway School. Born and raised on Hawai’i Island, he is familiar with the different microclimates and multifunctional plants and animals found here.

For more information and to register, call CCECS at 932-7830 or visit

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