California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

School Garden Websites

Jump to links specific to composting or vermicomposting!

California School Garden Network
This site provided by a network of educational institutions and corporate partners contains a curriculum section with garden-based lessons, links to grant and fundraising opportunities, resources, and an events calendar.

CalRecycle's School Garden Page
Encouraging and supporting school gardens provides children with opportunities to make healthier food choices, participate more successfully in their educational experiences, learn about nutrient cycles, and develop a deeper appreciation for the environment, community, and each other. To learn more about school gardens and the efficient use of school resources, refer to the CIWMB's helpful school garden information. These pages provide access to the benefits of school gardens, steps to getting started, resource conservation ideas for the garden, funding sources, and where to find more information.

Gardening Influences Tots' Views on Veggies
Reuters Health Information, Inc. has published this article, which reports that children's attitudes toward vegetables are positively influenced when they spend time gardening. This article is interesting and provides another validation for youth gardening programs, which may be of help if you are seeking administrative or financial support of a school garden.

School Garden Registry
Register your school garden and view others who have registered with The National Gardening Association. This site has many other school garden resources as well.

School Gardens
City Farmer, Canada's Office of Urban Agriculture, has provided a list of links related to school gardening.

Composting

Organics Outlook
California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) provides you with information on compost, mulch, grasscycling, and other topics relating to the management and use of organic resources.

The Master Composter
There are so many great resources on this site, including a list of organic materials with appropriate compost methods for each, instructions for building bins, composting with worms, other composting methods and links to composting curricula and project ideas.

Vermicomposting

Global Classroom
This site focuses on a first grade class that has a vermicomposting system. Included in this site are comments from the students regarding the activities.

Worm Composting Bin
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Solid Waste Management Program provides detailed instructions on how to build a worm composting system with some helpful Q & A and an extensive bibliography of resources.

Worm Digest
This site's aim is to network people, information, and resources in the area of using worms for organic waste conversion and soil enrichment.

Worm Woman
This site provides Mary Appelhof's introduction to the methods of vermicomposting and its materials and process. Ms. Appelhof was known as the Worm Woman. This site advertises the book and video Worms Eat My Garbage, a child’s activity book Wormania, and products provided by the Worm Woman’s company. This page also provides worm video footage.

Worm Composting Headquarters
Henry Owen is the Director of North Carolina's Friendship Gardens, which provides 750 meals a day, and he's decided to take responsibility for all onion peels, apple cores, broccoli stems and other food waste from the garden's operations rather than send it to a landfill. His website teaches every aspect of how to set up worm composting yourself, on a large or small scale.

Worms!
CalRecycle's Worm Composting Site includes lists of worm suppliers and worm bin suppliers in California.

Last updated: August 24, 2009
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