Students raise and maintain worm composting bins to address waste-stream issues in the lunch room. Worm compost provides rich casting and tea fertilizers for their school’s indoor plants or as an amendment to the school garden.
This project teaches husbandry, quantification of waste stream and compost product, and sustainable systems design. Career connections for waste managers, recyclers, landscaper, and animal husbandry.
Compost Production :
Students work with simple tools and stock lumber to create a “flat pack” three part compost bin that can be moved to a site and assembled easily. Once compostable materials are gathered, students monitor internal temperature, decomposition rates, soil biota, and determine when their product is ready for use! Career connections for engineers, waste managers, nutrient management, and ag business.
Wild Bee Patch:
Students learn about ecosystem services through the construction of a pollinator garden on their school campus. Students conduct a plant and bee inventory, track bloom periods, weather data, and conduct periodic surveys for wild bees! Students learn basic taxonomy and how species richness determines ecological integrity in rural, suburban, and urban areas, with an emphasis on food systems. Career connections for landscape architecture, biology and ecology, conservation planning, and food system science.