Composting

Compost in a bottle
Compost pile or bin
Using compost in a small garden

Setting up a small garden

 

Option A: Compost in a bottle 

What’s included in the visit.


Introduction – what is compost and how do we make it.
 
Activity:

  • The class will pick out items from organic waste which will be used in the compost bottle.
  • Observe the natural process over 6 weeks, plant a seed in the matured compost.

 
Duration: 40 minutes
Appropriate for: Schools program. Year 1 – 6.
Requirements: Maximum 40 students, one class per session. It is preferred in a school setting that the presenter addresses multiple classes during the visit, with a minimum of 3 sessions, one class per session.
. One teacher and one adult helper to assist
 
What each student will need:
1 Clear 1ltr plastic bottle with the lid cut down to 20cm from the top of the bottle.
MRC will provide ingredients for the composting process.
 
Learning outcomes: The science behind composting, the nature of soil and water and what plants need to grow. Helping the environment, using waste as a resource and understanding where organic waste goes and how we can use it to grow plants and vegetables.
 

Option B: Compost pile or bin

What’s included in the visit.
 
Introduction – what is compost and how do we make it.
 
Activity:

  • Choose an outdoor space for an open compost pile or bin, you will need at least 1 sq mtr of space.
  • Material to start the compost pile/bin plus Leaves, Grass clippings, Prunings and Shredded paper.
  • Access to water / hose.
  • A closed compost bin if required.
  • Tools, long and short handled shovels / spades and forks / wheelbarrow.
  • Gloves.

 
Duration: 40 minutes
Appropriate for: Schools program. Year 1 – 6. Community groups.
Requirements: . Maximum 40 students, one class per session. It is preferred in a school setting that the presenter addresses multiple classes during the visit, with a minimum of 3 sessions, one class per session.
One teacher and one adult helper to assist
 
Preparation: Lunch scraps can be used for a closed compost bin, not suitable for an open compost.
Learning outcomes: The science behind composting, bacteria and other organisms which are essential to soil and compost development the nature of soil. Discovery of waste as a resource, helping the environment, using waste as a resource and understanding where organic waste goes and how we can use it to grow plants and vegetables. Working together in a team, performing set tasks, Health and Physical Education - learning to use tools safely.
 

Option C: Using compost in a small garden

What’s included in the visit.
 
Introduction – How we use compost to set up a small garden.
Two visits to the school are required.
 
Visit 1:  Initial visit what is compost and how do we make it.
(see Option B)
Preparation for making small portable gardens.
 
Visit 2: After 6 weeks re-visit the compost and mix it with soil from the school grounds and make small gardens in foam boxes, either in groups or as individuals. We will plant a variety of vegetables and/or herbs in the box, either to be kept at the school for a period or to take home and maintain. After 6 weeks the compost is ready for planting.                                                       
Duration:

  • Visit 1 - 40 minutes
  • Visit 2 - 40 minutes

 
Appropriate for: Schools program. Year 1 – 6. Community groups.
 
Requirements: . Maximum 40 students, one class per session. It is preferred in a school setting that the presenter addresses multiple classes during the visit, with a minimum of 3 sessions, one class per session.
One teacher and one adult helper to assist
 
What will be needed:
Foam boxes and plants/seeds, access to water/hose either for each student or for small groups.
 
Learning outcomes: The science behind composting, bacteria and other organisms which are essential to soil and compost development the nature of soil. Discovery of waste as a resource, helping the environment, using waste as a resource and understanding where organic waste goes and how we can use it to grow plants and vegetables. Working together in a team, performing set tasks, Health and Physical Education - learning to use tools safely.
 
Option D: Setting up a small garden

Introduction - What is compost, how we make it and why.
Make ‘instant garden beds’ with sheet mulching or layering
methods using ‘waste’ materials
This option is a larger scale version of Option C.  Students will make compost in situ in the garden bed.
 
Duration:  40 minutes
 
Appropriate for: Schools program. Year 1 – 6. Community groups.
 
Requirements: . Maximum 40 students, one class per session. It is preferred in a school setting that the presenter addresses multiple classes during the visit, with a minimum of 3 sessions, one class per session.
One teacher and one adult helper to assist.
 
Leaves, Grass clippings, Prunings and Shredded paper.
Wheelbarrows, forks, spades and access to hose/water. Wear old clothes as students will get wet and dirty.  Old fridges, with doors and motor removed (available from MRC, Tamala Park), make great raised garden beds.
 
Learning outcomes: The science behind composting, bacteria and other organisms which are essential to soil and compost development the nature of soil. Discovery of waste as a resource, helping the environment, using waste as a resource and understanding where organic waste goes and how we can use it to grow plants and vegetables. Working together in a team, performing set tasks, Health and Physical Education - learning to use tools safely.
Arts - creating art work with nature.


10: Other

If you have a specific area of interest, we can offer tailored solutions. 

Contact
Please contact the MRC Waste Education team to discuss our talks, demonstrations and workshop options and to make a booking.

Telephone: 9306 6303

Email: wasteed@mrc.wa.gov.au

 

Last Updated: 9 Oct 2019
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