Jamieson Academy Green Team: Let’s Get Growing!
The World Wildlife Fund has awarded a grant to the Jamieson Academy Green Team in Burin, allowing the team to implement its project, ‘Let’s Get Growing’.
The Jamieson Green Team is a group of 12, Grade 7 students, under the leadership of school counsellor Florence Strang, who is also a trained Horticultural Therapist.
Ms. Strang noted “While our school has been recycling for many years, we were not involved with composting, and our Green Team was determined to change this.
“Our project involved taking our team to Memorial University of Newfoundland Botanical Gardens (in St. John’s) to participate in a composting workshop, and then pass this information on to the more than 400 students and staff in our school. While our initial plan was to have a daily collection of compost, there were some logistical issues (including fruit flies), and so we have modified our project.”
The compost is now collected once a week, in the hope of extending this project as the school year progresses.
Ms. Strang suggested “The most rewarding part of this project has been watching the collected scraps turn to nutritious soil before our very eyes. In addition to a compost bin, we kept a box for vermicomposting.
“Students would ‘ feed’ the worms with apple stumps, banana peels and other wastes from their lunch bags, and within a relatively short time, the worms turned these scraps into rich compost. This compost, along with the worms, was then transported to the Sensory Garden, where it was used to nourish our all natural and organic ‘taste garden’.”
The team’s plan is to install more composting bins outside the school, and encourage more of the students and staff to compost. It’s also hoped to educate others on the benefits of composting, not just for our environment, but also for the bodies when it’s used to grow organic foods.
Mr. Strang indicated “In an informal survey, we learned very few homes from our school community are currently composting. We hope by teaching our students, they in turn will educate their parents about the benefits of composting.”
Students, members of the Jamieson Academy Green Team in Burin, are pictured in the school’s ‘Sensory Garden’, a result of last year’s playground project.
The Jamieson Academy Green Team acquired a composting bin from the provincial government’s MMSB, Multi Materials Stewardship Board.