Why We Go Through The
» Organic waste abounds in our neighborhood of big yards and trees.
» Thanks to the simple act of collecting and putting your organic waste to the curb as ‘trash,’ we have soil amendments free for the taking! As a an on-going, year-round school project, we operate on a zero budget and use no pesticides or herbicides (psst .. that’s free and organic).
» Yard organics are generally clean and can be handled by adults and children alike. They have been conveniently bagged for storage thanks to neighbors like you and your lawn crews.
» Carbon and nitrogen — aka leaves, cardboard, grass — are food for soil microbes, and microbes turn this ‘waste’ into compost — aka soil. It’s the way of nature.
» We think of it as ‘rescuing organics’ from the landfill. There’s enough trash in that big stinky hole in the ground as it is; we’re simply recycling and reusing that trash for something useful.
» ‘Hello, Soil. Nice to meet you.’ So that suburban-ized children won’t forget our agrarian roots, we take it all to the local elementary school garden where it is then turned into soil (we call it ‘dirt lasagna.’) in a fun and engaging outside classroom garden space.
» We educate children on the importance of managing a waste stream, stewarding healthy soil as Nature would, and giving back to their world in the process. Why lug heavy, expensive bags of compost to plants when you can just plant right into the compost — made on site?
» Children actually get to watch edibles grow from seeds all the way to harvest (food), all while observing the usually unseen underworld beings that do all the heavy lifting — the soil food web — and recognizing when living soil is healthy and working .. and when it’s not. (And how not to mess it all up for us or all our insect friends.)
» Real time, face time, play time. We are giving children a happy, healthy skill for their futures, all while getting them out of the classroom, off their screens — reconnecting children with our world again .. one bag at a time.
Wanna Help Us Out? Here’s How!
- Use clear bags for leaves, shrub clippings, and grass clippings. It helps us identify it as yard waste as well as what kind.
- Flatten all corrugated cardboard boxes and place them outside of the recycle can rather than putting them in it.
- Keep these bags and boxes free from non-organics like plastic bags, bubble wrap, strapping, staples, and/or Styrofoam. Those should be recycled in your single stream can or curb waste instead.
- Send me a webmail! Be sure to include the day/time normal trash services will be arriving (so we can beat them to it) as well as an address of the waste so we can pick it up and deliver it to the school.
- Become a VIPS: Volunteer In Public Schools. Together, we’ll show kids the importance and usefulness of community involvement all while they learn important skills (like growing food). Check with your local school district for guidelines.
- Tell your neighbors.
~ Shannon @ DirtNKids Blog