Jamieson Acad­emy Green Team: Let’s Get Grow­ing!

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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.

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