Masonic Home Restoration Project


LECTURE: REFORESTATION AND COMPOSTING

JANUARY, 2017
3:00 - 5:00 PM

WHERE: Masonic Home

Speaker:  Joyce R. Blueford, Ph.D. Geologist, Math Science Nucleus   The Science behind large Scale Food Composting and Reforestation

California is losing its oak woodlands to urban growth and changing agricultural uses.  There are consequences to the environment.  Can we reforest areas that have for decades  been devoid of nutrients?

Urbanization has reduced our native oak woodlands throughout California.  They have been reduced in the bay area from its once majestic forest to select corridors.  Masonic Homes, Tri CED Commuity Recyling and Math Science Nucleus are trying to do something about it.

We are taking one problem, namely the expense of disposing of food waste and combining it with composting technology to produce compost.  The compost is then incorporated into the native soil to help produce conditions in which a Live Oak Series of Plants can grow.

This project uses Tule Ponds at Tyson Lagoon Restoration as a model to grow natives with normal precipitation.  Dr. Blueford will go over the progress, including setbacks and realistic goals.  We are also looking for possible graduate students who might want to use this living lab for their thesis.