Knowledgeable parents and educators have long recognized that a well
conceived garden program provides a wealth of educational opportunities.
garden has to be designed and laid out, providing a chance to utilize
planning and math skills in a group setting. Soil preparation is an
opportunity to learn about the importance of soil organic matter,
earthworms and general soil ecology. Plant selection and placement require
research and more math. As the plants grow, students will have to
determine the most efficient way to irrigate and control weeds. A school garden also makes for a perfect connection to teach nutrition, health and sustainability.
The Value Of Sharing
When the garden begins to produce, students are rewarded for their hard
work in ways that often leave lasting impressions. In some cases, a
portion of the garden crop is donated to a local food bank or other
worthwhile agency. Some schools use their harvest in their cafeteria.
Others encourage students to share their bounty with family and friends.
The common thread that runs through these programs is the joy children
derive from sharing their harvest with others.
It's known that students involved in any campus project are more likely to
have a caring attitude about their school. We know that when students
work hard to plan and install a beautiful garden, they develop a sense of
pride in their school surroundings that might not otherwise occur.
Field Trips To Sonoma Compost
Sonoma Compost welcomes classes to our facility for informative field
trips. Please plan well in advance for your visit and contact our office
at least 30 days in advance. Our fieldtrips are available for grades 4 and up. The one hour tour will include the following:
- An overview of the compost site
- A description of the process turning yard trimmings and food scraps into compost and mulch
- A discussion of the importance of reuse and recycling
- Discover paths for alternative energy - how organic matter can produce methane both in the landfill and in digesters and the use of biofuel
- A visit to our worm bin and finds out how you can have food scraps composting with worms at home or school
- Take a workbook back to the classroom for grade 4-6