Gardner Video Project Highlights Composting

Gardner Video Project Highlights Composting
Posted on 10/12/2018
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The Garland County Master Gardeners, EAST at Gardner students, and third grade classes are collaborating to create multiple composting bins at Gardner STEM Magnet School. The process of building compost piles, determining what and how to add items to the compost, and then using compost to enhance area flower beds and eventually a vegetable garden is being documented via video series. This project aligns with a school  recycling effort that was implemented upon receipt of a Recycling Grant in 2017.

Garland County Master Gardener Loyd White is advising the student group. “We’ve chosen composting as a topic because it connects the dots of the entire recycling process for students in a hands-on way. They get to build these compost bins from the ground up, watch the 3-6 month process of the compost pile as it changes from kitchen scrape and leaves, as well as grass clippings and paper, into compost material. We want to show the students how by adding compost to the raised bed, compost can help successfully enhance the growth of flowers and vegetables. I love working with this age group to build interest in outdoor initiatives,” says Mr. White.

Each video includes an EAST at Gardner student director and videographer, student actors, and a goal to communicate another step in the composting process for viewers. EAST at Gardner students will edit videos and develop final segments for viewing. The current stage of the project focuses on how leftover cafeteria food can be sorted and transferred by students to compost bins.

The Hot Springs School District appreciates the award-winning Garland County Master Gardeners for all the work they do with students, including creative efforts like this at Gardner. Learn more about the Garland County Master Gardeners, here. Learn more about HSSD Gardner STEM Magnet School, here.
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