After getting a better understanding of what composting really is, we became concerned with the amount of waste we were producing. By throwing out compostable material, we were actually assisting with the release of poisonous toxins into the environment. We decided that change was needed.
We reached out to Dr. John Castell, St. Andrews Community Garden coordinator, who taught us about the importance of composting at our school. We learned that 30% of kitchen waste can become organic compost! If this kitchen waste is thrown in the garbage it can release harmful methane gas in our environment.
With the help of the St. Andrews Community Garden, students set up contained vermiculture and hot compost stations. We started composting our green waste (nitrogen), such as apple cores, banana peels and leafy green cuttings from culinary class and student lunches. We even compost used coffee grounds from the staff room! We also use brown waste (carbon) from sources that weren't completely recycled, such as dried leaves, grass clippings, and napkins! It has been extremely rewarding to see our students, staff, and community members work together and commit to this program!
Did You Know?
- compost should consist of roughly 50% green (nitrogen) and 50% brown (carbon) material.
- Worms have 5 hearts.
- Each worm has both male and female parts.
- Eisenia Fetida (redworm) can digest food 2 to 4 times as much food as a regular earthworm? They can also eat up to half of their body weight per day!