UC Master Gardener Program of Alameda County
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UC Master Gardener Program of Alameda County

School Garden Composting

Overview

This section includes information and materials sources for learning about composting, setting up composting bins, and acquiring additional compostable ingredients.
Sub-categories within this section:

Learning About Composting

Children's Gardens, A Field Guide for Teachers, Parents and Volunteers, Elizabeth Bremner and John Pusey, University of California Cooperative Extension/Common Ground Garden Program (1990)
This field manual includes step-by-step instructions for developing school gardens. Hands-on activities for beginning gardeners of all ages. Discussion and activity sections on the process (mulch, controlling insects, harvesting, food preservation); activities (weeds, mulch, controlling insects, harvesting, food preservation, flower dissection, worm culture, manure tea, homemade insect sprays, cold frames, hotbeds, greenhouses, scarecrows, gopher chasers, bean tips, sundials, other activities, and skills evaluation); resources (site development, containers, tools, amendments, seeds, biological controls, technical assistance); and bibliography (books, videos, websites).
Phone: 510-642-2431 (800-994-8849, outside of California)

Gardening for the Environment
Garden for the Environment maintains a nationally acclaimed one-acre urban demonstration garden site for small-scale urban ecological food production, organic gardening and low water-use landscaping. In addition, it offers environmental education programs about organic gardening, urban compost systems and sustainable food systems. GFE 's programs include a three month intensive Gardening and Composting Educator Training program, monthly Compost Education workshops conducted at the garden and community gardens throughout San Francisco, the Resource Efficient Landscape Education series, and the School Education program offered in partnership with San Francisco Unified School District and San Francisco's Department of the Environment.
http://www.gardenfortheenvironment.org

StopWaste.Org
StopWaste.Org is the Alameda County Waste Management Authority and the Alameda County Source Reduction and Recycling Board operating as one public agency in part to promote environmental awareness. It provides free garden related materials to teachers, including "Do the Rot Thing" teacher's guide with activities on worms and composting for grades K 12; in class presentations on how to use compost bins and worm boxes to turn yard waste and food scraps into organic fertilizer, plus a free bin and worms; technical assistance including a resource library with composting information.
http://www.stopwaste.org

The Worm Cafe: Mid-scale Vermicomposting of Lunchroom Wastes, Binet Payne, Flower Press (1999)
This manual describes how a teacher and her students developed a system to compost lunchroom waste with worms and save their school $6000 per year. How they performed a waste audit, garnered support from school personnel. Discusses bins, bedding, maintenance, harvesting and using castings in the school garden. Contains earthworm diagrams, bulletin board materials, quizzes, letter to parents, charts, and dozens of resources.
Available at bookstores and online

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 Compost Bins

StopWaste.Org
StopWaste.Org is the Alameda County Waste Management Authority and the Alameda County Source Reduction and Recycling Board operating as one public agency in part to promote environmental awareness. It provides free garden related materials to teachers, including "Do the Rot Thing" teacher's guide with activities on worms and composting for grades K 12; in class presentations on how to use compost bins and worm boxes to turn yard waste and food scraps into organic fertilizer, plus a free bin and worms; technical assistance including a resource library with composting information.
http://www.stopwaste.org

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