Wiggly Worms | Juan Cabrillo

“Grandpa, do your plants like to eat vegetable peelings?”

From this video, the Kindergartners at Juan Cabrillo learned from Peppa Pig what goes in the compost (fruit and vegetable peelings), what a compost bin is (it holds the peelings), what happens to the things that go in it (it turns into earth, called compost) and who lives in the pile (wiggly worms!). What fun we had and how sad we all were to leave the garden! But it was a good thing we didn’t learn too long, as the strong winds blew in the rain during the final class!

Students writing sentences in their class notebooks about composting.

Examining the wiggly wormies in the worm bin

This student wrote “I learned if you put things that are dead in compost and put it on your plants, the plants will grow.” Spot on, kid!

Some students made impressions with leaves in their notebooks…


Hope Cox

Native to Tennessee, Hope fell in love with urban farming while majoring in Nutrition/Dietetics at UT Chattanooga. She volunteered at an urban farm there for two years and gleaned (pun intended!) bushels of knowledge about harvesting & planting, CSA box coordination, farmers market stands, school field trips, farm-to-table and more. When Hope moved to Los Angeles in late 2014, she began volunteering with EnrichLA and soon after became a Ranger. She loves sharing with her elementary students the hands-on experience of gardening, finding bugs, composting and eating from the garden. The expression of glee on the students' faces when they discover a new critter or favorite vegetable is the best part of Hope's day! One day, she hopes to be a real farmer in the country but for now is glad to be learning the ins-and-outs of inner-city farming.