How do we Start a Compost?

After learning about the food chain, we started to unpack the “cycle” that follows this transfer of energy. Living thingsĀ break down and become new soil for new plants to grow in. We can speed this process up by making a balancedĀ compost! Each child got a plate to divide in half. For half of our compost we put “brown” things such as dry leaves, paper, and wood scraps. The rest of our compost should be made of “greens,” living things such as kale stems, carrot tops, and watermelon rinds.

We made a salad at the end of class using garden lettuce and broccoli! Any leftover salad the kids put in the compost bin (greens) along with their plates (browns). We’ll keep turning our bin as it breaks down to become healthy new organic matter for our soil.


Keep on composting,

Ranger Claire

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Claire Heddles

Claire is a researcher and sociologist who grew up in Tucson, AZ. She loves being outside and sharing the joy of growing with the kids at Utah Street School.