works with schools, principals, teachers, custodians, parents, and
students to help them develop a sustainable 'Full Circle' program
for recycling and recapturing the nutrients in food waste by
composting at the school.
The Environmental Education
benefits are immense! An In-School Composting Program can help
teachers provide 'hands on' learning experiences in:
There are lots of great REFERENCES for vermicompost operations.
Some of my favorites are:
"The Worm Cafe: Mid-Scale Vermicomposting of Lunchroom Wastes",
by Binet Payne, 1999, Flower Press, Kalamazoo, Michigan.
This book is great! It's readable and tells a very detailed
story about operating a vermicomposting system at a school that
includes: plans, diagrams of how to feed & harvest from a simple
vermicompost system, worksheets, a bibliography of classroom
materials, and a decent index. If I could only use one
vermicompost text, this would be it.
"Worms Eat My Garbage", by Mary Appelhof, 1997, Flower Press,
This is the classic reference for vermicompost by the late, great
Mary Appelhof. She, more than anyone I know of, made
vermicomposting accessible to regular folk.
This document is great for the teaching side of a vermicompost
system. There aren't many details about actual operation, but
some good handouts, a general overview of the activities needed to
run a system, plans for a couple of different worm bins, and worm
suppliers in California.
"Soil Biology Primer", Revised 2000, by Soil and Water
Conservation Society, and the USDA NRCS,
This booklet is not focused on vermicomposting, but has great
pictures of the main sweep of critters in the soil and in compost
including bacteria, fungi, algae, & bugs! There are also
several good diagrams and explanations of various aspects of the
soil food web.
3 Types of Worm Bins:
Biostack, Wooden, & Can O'Worms
Sampling Compost from Crestwood Elementary's Earth Tub
Tamara can help
your school start up a collection program and prepare a 'waste audit'.
She can help to evaluate the right system for your
school, find the funding for such a system, and can teach operators, teachers
and students how to use and optimize your compost technology.
Terre-Source is dedicated to helping
schools complete the
of food-waste recycling education. "Full Circle" programs consist of:
à consuming food
à collection à composting
à curing harvesting
à applying compost [feeding your soils]
à growing food à
harvesting à consuming food
academic background in Soil Chemistry,
Geotechnical and Environmental
Engineering, and environmental outreach provides schools with well thought out
approaches to their sustainability programs. She has a professional
engineering license in Washington state and has provided technical assistance to
King County Solid Waste Division's pilot composting and Green Schools program
for over 5 years.
Recent Earth Tub research performed in collaboration with Washington State University researcher,
Andy Bary, is published on WSU's website.
currently serves on the Environmental Education Exploration Committee for Mount
Vernon School District and continues to contribute to Washington State University's
Crop and Soil Science Advisory Council.