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Author: Jason Fritz

Students will:

Understand composting
Understand vermicomposting
Understand The Nutrient Cycle
Understand where trash, recycleables and hazardous materials go when thrown away in Eagan
Be able to use Photoshop
Be able to educate and audience through visuals and presentations
Be able to build a vermicomposing bin using a design plan
Learn how to operate various tools such as hand saws, drills, hammers, screwdrivers and measuring tape
Participate in peer critiques and use feedback to improve and edit drafts

Students will also master the ecologic principle of recycling in nature (the nutrient cycle) and how humans can be a part of it. Students will learn where their trash goes here in Eagan, make connections between available landfill space and using worms to recycle. As a class we will design and create worm bins for the school to use for composting food scraps at lunch

This project based learning activity will have students using the engineering design process to create a suitable and sustainable apparatus to properly house the worms necessary for the vermicompost activity.

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Vermiculture: Promote Global Worming!

Students should be able to:
To understand the importance of the earthworm;
To understand the basic biology of the earthworm;
To become enthused about the prospects of home vermicomposting.

Source: Julie Weisenhorn, Teaching Specialist, Department of Horticultural Science, University of Minnesota. December 2000

Vermicomposting 101

Cathy Nesbitt of Cathy's Crawly Composters demonstrates how to set-up, maintain and harvest a worm composting bin. Cathy also shows how much and what to feed your worms.
Vermicomposting is an excellent way to convert your organics (food waste) into nutrient rich compost.


Kenmore Live Studio: Healthy Kids Grow It, Cook It, Share It with

Here at the Kenmore Live Studio "Glam Gardner" Saudia Davis, founder of Smarty Pants Are Leaders (SPAL), explains vermicomposting and demonstrates how to vermicompost. Watch to learn that "garbage isn't garbage," and how to recycle your resources to help save the planet!


How to Make a Vermicomposting Box, with Shirley Bovshow : Gardens Of The Rich & Famous

A step-by-step how-to guide for making your very own worm-composting box.