Compost Layers at Juan Cabrillo

I love that Frank and I get a chance to hang out with several recess periods throughout the day in between garden classes. The kids gleefully skip over to the garden to help us with whatever needs to get done. The tasks could be as simple as pinching flowers off the basil bushes, removing brown leaves from the kale, picking up trash, feeding the worm bin, aerating one of the beds …. these 1st and 2nd graders are just so happy to be in the garden!

Today, I wanted to flip the compost piles. I used this opportunity to show the students about decomposition. At first, the pile just looked like a bunch of sticks….
…But as we removed the top layers, we discovered a beautiful, black pile of broken down materials. And in the middle were clusters of pink worms. We talked about the kinds of ingredients we can add to the pile that the worms can eat, such as apples, cucumbers, banana peels and coffee grounds. I was really proud how much the kids already knew!


Then I let the kids hang out with the worms while I finished flipping the pile and putting all the materials back in the box. I bet these kids could observe the worms all day! 😀


Hope Cox

Hope is an urban farmer, garden educator and foodie transplanted from Tennessee to SoCal in 2014. She hopes to move out of the big city one day to pursue the life of a sustainable farmer; but in the meantime loves to teach elementary kids about how food is grown, nutritious and tasty recipes and connecting with nature.