Our volunteer advisor, Scott Justice, oversaw the food collection after lunch as our five third-grade classes brought leftover meat, milk, vegetables and fruit for composting. Students scraped food into either the bokashi bucket (for meat and dairy) or the standard composting bucket (for breads, fruits and vegetables.
Next we weighed the buckets to see how much food we collected today. Our teacher asked us to do the math in our heads. If the bucket weighed 47 pounds before today and now weighs 52 pounds, how many pounds of food waste did we add? If you can't figure it out, the answer is 5 pounds! That's a lot of rice, apples, oranges and other stuff.
The next step was to go out to the composting area. While most of the students went off to play, four of us helped Mr. Justice shovel bokashi that has fermented for three weeks into a hole, then cover it with leaves. Boy, does bokashi stink when you take off the plastic. Mr. Justice said that it would have smelled much worse if we had not covered it to keep out the air.
We finally posed for a photo under our bokashi sign. Wait till next year, when we can use this on our schoolyard gardens!
CLICK HERE to see a slide show of our work when Judge Anna Brown visited.