Rio Vista – Recycling with Worms
Hello Garden Friends,
Last Wednesday we celebrated Dr. Suess’ birthday by reading in the garden. With several guest readers, including LAUSD Superintendant Michelle King, our garden time had an unusual start. To the left is a picture of several of our guests with the children.
After the readers left, normal garden time resumed and I introduced the students to a curious red box sitting in the shade next to the compost pile. After closer examination it was determined that the box was an old mini-fridge! Inside the fridge I revealed several worms happily munching away on shredded paper and food waste. What a perfect way to start a lesson about recycling.
Repurposing an old fridge to make an insulated worm bin, and giving our old food a second life in the belly of our worm friends who make soil for our vegetables.
Since I was primarily working with the young ones, we scavenged the garden for supplies to help make our worm bin happier. 1) a green leaf 2) a piece of moldy hay 3) a pinch of shredded paper 4) an earthworm to join the party.
The biggest victory came when I saw one of our pre-K students, who was in tears about being close to bugs just 2 weeks ago, actually calmly holding a worm in her hands! So cool!
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