‘Dig In’ and learn about healthy soil during Lyman presentation

  • Courtesy of USDA NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE Soil scientist Amy Koch displays a profile of Manu soil.

  • Courtesy of USDA NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE Roots, organic matter and earthworms in healthy soil near Mana Road at Parker Ranch in Waimea.

Hey, soil is more than just “dirt.”

Soil is alive — a diverse ecosystem made up of organic matter, minerals, roots, worms, microbes and much more.

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Soil tells the story of the iconic landscapes of the Hawaiian Islands, layer by layer, from the surface down to the rock below. It can also tell us the story of past use and management and how that affected the overall health of the soil.

Amy Koch, soil scientist from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, will explain why it is important to protect soil as a natural resource and highlights the vital importance of healthy soil during the next presentation in they Lyman Museum’s Patricia E. Saigo Public Program Series.

Come learn how to tell if a soil is healthy and what you can do to enhance soil health, whether in a community garden, large or small farm, or your own backyard.

Koch will give her presentation twice Monday, June 24, first from 3-4:30 p.m. and again from 7-8:30 p.m. at the museum.

You will never see “dirt” in quite the same way.

Saigo Series presentations are free to museum members, $3 for nonmembers. Seating is limited.

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The nationally accredited and Smithsonian-affiliated Lyman Museum is locoated at 276 Haili St. in Hilo.

For more information, call 935-5021 or visit www.lymanmuseum.org.

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