The Inter-Faith Food Shuttle just published a nice article highlighting the work of Natalie and Jacob at Parrish Manor. Looks like such fun. Lucky teens! See the original post here: http://foodshuttle.wordpress.com/
Potting soil + vegetable scraps; Potting soil + paper scraps; Potting
soil + plastic scraps; Compost + vegetable scraps; Compost + paper
scraps; Compost + plastic scraps.
The teens in the class then talked about which material might break
down the fastest, considering factors like the amount of micro-organisms
present, the amount of nitrogen, etc. Their hypotheses: The vegetables
will break down in compost fastest, and the plastic in potting soil will
break down slowest. They’ll monitor the jars in the coming weeks to see
if their hypotheses are correct.
Natalie and Jacob also taught the class about waste management and
jobs that involve waste treatment and composting. They began the lesson
by asking the class to draw where they think waste from our toilets goes
after it’s flushed, and ended by highlighting ecological waste water treatment practices
like those in the EcoVillage of Findhorn, Scotland. They discussed job
opportunities in composting, such as vermicomposting mico-enterprises,
where such nutrient-rich worm castings are sold as natural fertilizer,
and composting operations like CompostNow (another IFFS partner). It was clear to me these teens were seriously interested in this stuff –Kiara, who also works in the garden, is even thinking about changing her major at Wake Tech to something involving agriculture!
The following week, they nailed together compost bins for the garden, and the teens got to create their own vermicomposting bins!
Fun fact: Did you know that worms can eat twice their body weight in one day? Wow!
See what else has been happening in the Parrish Manor community and community garden in Part 1 and Part 2 of this series.