Reduce, Reuse, RECYCLE!

Not only do we use best practices when gardening we also teach students how to reduce, reuse, and recycle.  Whether it’s composting discarded coffee grinds and vegetables, to saving used plant containers, the triple R plays a significant role in our sustainability.

While tearing down the old greenhouse structures, students  helped collect and save hardware and wooden scraps which were later used to construct worm boxes and compost bins.

After harvesting sprouts and pea shoots, the dirt was sifted and reused.

After planting seedlings grown in cell plugs and packs, the containers were washed out and stored for the following season.

The list continues, but I think you get the idea.  This is an important lesson in every facet of life, and definitely while trying to model a green, sustainable, low carbon footprint program

Here a student helps reuse the soil and save the containers from some seedlings that didn’t quite make it.

horticulture student reusing soilhorticulture student empties seedlings from soil  student recycling soil

The containers will be stored and the soil will be mixed in with other topsoil to be reused in the gardens and greenhouses.  While saving the earth, we’re also saving  money – what an idea!

Happy Friday and Happy Gardening!