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Ms. Trickey from Richmond VA is requesting books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

No More Food Waste! Composting in the Garden

Help me give my students a composting tumbler bin to turn food waste into garden nutrients for our school garden!

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Celebrating Black History Month

This project is part of the Black History Month celebration because it supports a Black teacher or a school where the majority of the students are Black.

My Students

I teach at an urban, Title I school where over 90% of students come from low-income households. Federal funding provides free breakfast, lunch, and snack for every student. Over the past four years, I have had the pleasure of running an after-school garden club alongside the nonprofit Fit4Kids for 20 students in grades three through five.

Our club is filled with high energy students who love digging in the dirt, eating fresh fruits and veggies, and growing food for our school community to enjoy!

Garden Club is an amazing real-world learning experience for students- especially for our club members with special needs who don't always feel successful in traditional academic settings. In Garden Club, students acquire skills they can use for the rest of their lives while learning to love healthy eating. Each year, we strive to make our school garden better than before!

My Project

Go into any elementary school cafeteria at lunch and you will see a trash can overflowing with food waste. Despite our small school size, three to four large trash cans are filled every day with food waste and trash.

As the Garden Club coordinator, I want to tackle this problem while creating rich compost filled with nutrients for our school garden; a composting tumbler will be the perfect tool to address our needs!

Garden Club will take food waste, the weeds from our garden, and any other biodegradable material we can find, and literally turn it into rich compost to grow even better fruits and vegetables for our school! As we enter our summer growing season, we have our sights set on trying for jumbo watermelons which will need rich compost to grow big and sweet for our community to enjoy!

Ms. Trickey
Grades 3-5

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Envirocycle The Most Beautiful Composter in The World, Made in The USA, Food Safe, BPA and Rust Free, No Assembly Required, Composting Tumbler Bin and Compost Tea Maker • Amazon Business $259.99 1 $259.99
Dr. Earth Pure & Natural Compost Starter 3 lb • Amazon Business $9.97 1 $9.97

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