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Fundamentals of Organic Farming and Gardening
An Instructor’s Guide – Revised for 2009

 

Unit overview
Composting is a result of managing soil organisms to more rapidly break down residual materials to produce humus.  Addition of compost to the planting bed enhances soil life and makes more nutrients available to the plant.

 

Lesson Text
Lesson Plans

 

Teacher Demonstrations
Show a handful of compost – pass it around

 

Student Experiments and Activities
1. Vermicomposting
2. Building a Compost Pile – Hot
3. Building a Compost Pile –Cold
4. Brewing Compost Tea
5. Composting Alternatives

Power Point Presentations
Unit presentation

 

Other Resources
A short video clip on making a compost pile