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On Friday November 9th, Melanie from Lewis County Solid Waste Utility came back and visited with our kids again. This time she came back with the supplies needed to make a compost bin and two worm bins. Knowing that we were going to be installing our compost bin, the kids had been saving all their compost friendly food waste. We even had some families gather leaves and bring in so we could properly layer our bin. When the day came to assemble the compost bin, the kids were very excited and got in and helped Melanie. As they were assembling the bin, Melanie was asking the kids questions from her last visit and going over the good foods that can be composted and the bad foods that can?t. After the compost bin was assembled and filled with the food waste that we had saved, Melanie took the kids in and helped assemble the Worm Bins. The kids were so excited about this one because she let them hold the worms! Melanie talked to the kids more about worm bins. She talked to the kids about good foods and bad foods for the worm farm. For example; worms don?t like foods with citrus because it burns their skin. The kids layered the worm bin with shredded up newspaper and worm bedding mix that they sprayed with a water bottle until it was damp, and then they gently added the worms. After adding the worms they covered them with several layers of shredded, damp newspaper. Now the kids will save their vegetable and fruit scraps and peelings to feed their worms. After 90 days the amount of worms should double. The kids have been very excited about learning how to compost and how to take care of their worm bins. Every day the kids will save their compost/worm bin friendly foods and after feeding their worms they will dump the remaining in our compost bin. After a week of saving our food scraps, we have noticed a decrease in the waste that is being thrown away in the garbage. We are really happy that we are cutting down our waste but also teaching the kids the different ways you can recycle. Melanie said by Spring, if things go as planned we should be able to use our compost in our gardens!
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