Week 2 lessons of EcoWellness were spent outside by our new compost pile! Compost is one of our 4 bin (trash) or resource reclaiming systems. Students learned that compost is nature’s way of recycling. Students should now be able to tell the difference between something that is biodegradable and non-biodegradable. We also learned that in order to have something decay or biodegrade, there must be decomposers present. In order to attract decomposers we have to build a suitable habitat. Thus a compost pile is a habitat that creates rich soil for our gardens. Bugs and microorganisms eat our leftovers and yard trimmings, poop it out and walla! Rich healthy soil!! “eewww, tiaT…compost is bug poop? Gross” The nutrient cycle sounds gross but as compost it offers our plants the nutrients they need to grow healthy and strong. Fun fact: Red wiggler worms (Eisenia fetida) secrete substance that kill pathogenic bacteria!! If put in a petri dish with E.coli it would not only kill the bacteria it ate but would also kill the bacteria it touched with its skin. Worm poop is the gardeners gold. Everybody poops! We are getting a closer look at how “trash” impacts our life. All classes now have their own compost bucket and are weighing how much compost they contribute to the pile . There is also a compost bin at the entry way of building one. for parents to weigh in and contribute to our soil making! Next week we will begin examining our soil to see if there is a difference between soils with nutrient rich compost and those… well left in the dust. We will begin working with tools in our gardens preparing our soil for planting. We will be going over tool safety, and personal space. However this message cannot be repeated enough, if you have a moment at home please reinforce how important it is to stay safe, a tool is a tool not a toy or a weapon. As always EcoWellness is an outdoor education program please make sure that when your child has EcoWellness that they come equipped with hats, and water bottles.