Getting Down and Dirty with Vermi-Composting
Currently, our school’s municipality does not have a composting program. Students from Sudbury school visit the outdoor education centre on day and over night trips to take part in hands-on outdoor environmental learning programs. Students are encouraged to bring a ‘litterless lunch’ on the day of their visit. Each class has there non-recyclable waste weighed after lunch. This weight is entered on a board in the centre and compared to the other visiting classes. At the end of the year a prize is awarded to the class that had the least amount of waste.
Unfortunately, this ‘waste’ also currently includes compostable food material as our centre does not yet have a compost. This is mainly because of a bear issue with outdoor composting in the town.
In an effort to both create less waste and teach visiting students about composting and
decomposition, our project will start a vermicomposting operation as well as create a new
decomposition program. All compostable waste produced by student lunches will no longer
enter the trash bins to end up in Killarney’s landfill. The waste will be composted onsite and
the soil used in our various gardens throughout the property.
Our hope is that both visiting students and members of the community of Killarney will be
encouraged to start their own composting program at their homes.
The new decomposition program will go hand and hand with the composting project. Visiting
classes will have the option of choosing to take part in this program by exploring the
decomposition process both in composts and the forest floor through hands on investigations
based on the Ontario curriculum.