Whitewater Academy

Composting with Vermiculture!

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Our Eco-Footprint Challenge team

All Whitewater Academy students including preschool students.

Our goal

We want to keep food waste out of landfills by finding a use for it.

Our idea

We will reduce the amount of food waste we throw away by composting as much as we can with the help of worms and spreading the resulting mulch on your schoolyard gardens.

Our plan

We will create compost bins for three groups: Pre-K to first grade; grades 2-3; and grades 4-5. We will put in peat moss and worms after weighing them. Each day we will collect vegetable and fruit scraps from lunch, weigh them and add them to the bins.

We will look for changes in weight and other changes, such as whether we have more worms at the end of the Challenge. We expect the food waste to lose weight as it turns to compost.

Once the food waste becomes, we will add it to just one of our gardens. We will compare the plant growth in that garden against growth in the other gardens.

People helping us

Jeffie and Chris Hardin of Rivendell Farms; Renée Golz, our school's academic facilitator; our teachers; and other volunteers.

Look how we've done

Mouse over a week to view our progress.

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Watch us change the world!


Whitewater Academy team videos

Introducing our plan

• Our final video report


Team photos

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Latest team news

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