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Classroom Composting

Each quarter, ASAP’s Growing Minds co-hosts a school garden meeting with an area school. The winter meeting was held at Hall Fletcher Elementary, a school with an active garden program. Despite it being the middle of December there was still a lot to see and learn. We checked out the classroom worm bin, where students deposit their leftovers from each day’s snack. The resulting compost is used in plant experiments and in the school garden. What an easy way to teach students about decomposition! Rachel Lubitz, the school garden coordinator, commented that the students love the worm bin and really enjoy seeing how the things they add to it disappear over time.

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