Healthy, Productive Soils are the Foundation of a Secure Food System as well as Creating Healthy and Sustainable Landscapes and Gardens

Date Tuesday May 27th, 2008
Place J Walter Cameron Center Meeting Rooms

95 Mahalani Street, Wailuku
Time Pupus will be served at 6:30 pm and the talk will begin at 7:00.

Pupus and soft drinks served.

Our speaker for this evening is Dr Jonathan Deenik Soil Fertility and Soil Quality Specialist at the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR), University of Hawaii at Manoa. Currently he is the Assistant Specialist, Soil Fertility, at the Department of Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences. Dr Deenik holds a PhD in Soil Science from the University of Hawai`i at Manoa.

Healthy, Productive Soils are the Foundation of a Secure Food System as well as Creating Healthy and Sustainable Landscapes and Gardens. In Hawaii, where soil properties vary dramatically across the landscape, developing soil management strategies to maintain healthy and productive soils is challenging. Jonathan’s presentation this evening will include basics in soil science, soil formation and classification, soil fertility, soil quality, nutrient management, sustainable agriculture, and organic agriculture.

Dr Deenik is developing a statewide soil nutrient management program related to tillage practices, integrated crop management, land use, and soil productivity, as well as develop applied research and extension programs related to soil nutrient management and teach Introductory soils classes.

His extension program includes an education and training program in soil nutrient management for a wide variety of audiences and an active applied research program involving Hawaii farmers and ranchers.

Dr Deenik is also a member and co-founder of Mohala i ka Wai, a grassroots community group on the Waianae Coast dedicated to preservation and restoration of fresh water resources and the promotion of natural resource conservation based upon the traditional ahupua`a model.

It is easy to forget the importance of a healthy soil and its connection to what we see above the ground, join us for this informative evening on soils.

(Our local CTAHR office at the MCC campus performs inexpensive soil tests. Contact them at 808 244 3242.)