This started off as one of our small projects at the Bizgenics Foundation has grown exponentially over the past year. The program anchors a curriculum system for grades K-12 in the subjects of agriculture, farm-to-table, culinary, ecology, water conservation, eco-ag systems, trellis building (architecture, engineering and construction), crafts, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
My for profit companies fully support this project, both with volunteer hours, cash and strategic guidance. That is how much I believe in the strength of this program and what it does for kids.
Why Lemon Trees?
Of all cultivated plants, Lemon Trees are one of the most efficient at removing CO2 from the atmosphere (see Study). They are also drought tolerant, don’t attract rodents, are low-maintenance, are used in most cultural cuisines and are considered an attractive ornamental tree. As a campus symbol, Lemon Trees will inspire the next generation to care for the ecology of our planet as part of a sustainable future.
Building The First Lemon Tree Trellis and Planting Trees
I flew back to Hawaii for a few days just to attend this event at Jefferson Elementary. A year prior, a vandal burned down a portion of the playground on campus. All major media outlets in the state and about a hundred professionals came to help raise a trellis and plant the first 4 lemon trees.