Composting BCK partners and staff have been running school-site composting programs in Encinitas since 2012. All programs involve the students in processing fruit and vegetable scraps from lunchtime waste to vermicompost bins and/or active compost piles. Finished compost is used on the school groundsto further connect waste diversion efforts and Earth’s matter and energy cycles in relation to climate change.
Garden Activities & Upkeep School gardens can be challenging spaces to keep well maintained and widely used by teachers and staff. BCK provides support and guidance to key school volunteers and/or staff to keep their school gardens looking tidy and planted seasonally.
Utilizing our experienced and certificated staff, BCK also provides K-5 garden lessons in a variety of content areas including science, English Language Arts, and art. Each lesson is simple to implement, with minimal preparation time and using limited materials, which are either provided or are readily available in the garden. This resource could be used by parent volunteers and classroom teachers.
Hydroponics With over 10 years of experience in creating and running hydroponics programs in schools, our staff works with classes and grade levels to grow Class Crops™ where students learn to grow their own crops hydroponically, connect pH, conductivity and soil science concepts through labs and the growing process, all the while testing the beneficial claims of growing food hydroponically. The program culminates in zero waste harvest party planning to enjoy the food they grow. Excess produce is always grown intentionally and donated to local food pantries to both bring awareness to community food insecurity issues, and also to engage students with tangible solutions.
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