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At SCAD we are concerned with any initiative which will help us to protect the environment locally. One of the best projects that we have is the Soil Fertility Project. This is an ingenious initiative which provides SCAD farmers with two different organic products to use on the land to increase fertility.
The first product that we use in the soil is called Biochar. Biochar is a very nutrient rich type of charcoal. The charcoal is made through a specific process called pyrolysis which entails burning organic materials such as straw, rice husks and wood at very high temperatures so that they keep all their good minerals.
The biochar that is created is then mixed with the soil when saplings are planted. Biochar has a very large surface area in which good minerals and nutrients can live and feed the roots of the plant thereby promoting healthy growth.
The second product that we use is an organic fertiliser which is produced by our SCAD bio-digester. This bio-digester takes organic waste including the left overs from the student mess halls and local foliage and processes it into fertiliser. An additional benefit from this process is that it releases methane which is then captured and used to run all of the street lighting on the SCAD campus.
Watch this video about the work we do to protect the environment