What’s wet, wriggly and eats leftovers?
For Maryann Gunderson, head cook and meal planner at Hayes Child Development Center, it's not just about where food comes from, but also where it's going. She realized she had to act when she saw how much food was wasted each day at the Center. Some of the food either didn’t make it to the children’s plates or it didn’t get eaten.
8,000 red worms to the rescue.
Working with Clover Park Technical College and Pierce County Planning & Public Works, Hayes started a children’s garden and began composting their kitchen waste using red worms. The Center feels it’s especially important to teach children about the benefits of recycling and composting, so they can form environmentally-friendly habits to carry into adolescence.
The children, who range in age from two to five years old, are active participants in a waste reduction program at Hayes. Recycling is important, but Hayes is also focusing on food waste composting. Not only is it great for the environment, it is also an awesome science experiment that can help kids learn more about biology, life cycles, recycling and conservation.