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In the summer of 2002, Mark McConnell, teamed up with Pam Blanchard, to teach some open-minded children about organics, recycling and compost. We let the students do a lot of the actual work; it's the best way to learn. The kids get a feeling of accomplishment from this hands on approach.

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The inorganics were added back to the container, at the end of the each lesson. Every week, we would add one more inorganic item. The young students were learning, that these inorganics don't dissolve or decompose. The inorganics were not going to become compost. They needed to go into the landfill or the recycling bin. Most of the students knew by week 6, that these inorganics would still be there, when I brought the container back again next Monday. Pam created a work project with miniature items, some of which included: a garbage pail, an organics pail, a football, a metal nut, fruits and vegetables. The students were source separating, and the work was a big hit. (See lesson 2: Organic or Inorganic).

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This crate is lined with 1/4-inch plastic mesh. This allows us to check decomposition rates of different types of organic matter. The crate is buried in the top of an active compost pile and covered 12 to 18 inches deep with the active compost.

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Lakaya, is holding up a zip lock bag, which contains a piece of broccoli. We added it to our food scraps in week 2. Every week, we would add another non-organic item. The broccoli is still in there, but by week 7, it doesn't look like broccoli any more. It has been cooking in that zip lock bag at 140oF for 35 days. YUCK! It smells like the dump. Because there is no air in the bag, the broccoli mimics the conditions created in a landfill. Now children have a chance to see how things break down (dissolve), under anaerobic (without oxygen) conditions. While all the organics we added every week, were decomposed by the Thermophilic Bacteria and turned into compost. The inorganics remained unchanged, except for a small yogurt container that was slightly melted by the heat.

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This program and workshop was one of the most wonderful projects I've ever worked on. One more time, I'd like to thank Waseca Learning Environment, Pam Blanchard and all the great kids for making this possible.