November 10, 2010 Teenagers in Vancouver, BC, are growing their own urban farm at their high school, Windermere Secondary. To help build soil fertility for their 11 bed gardens and 320 square foot greenhouse, the school board won a grant to install a commercial compost system called an Earth Tub. The students ride their bikes (with mini-trailer in tow) to collect compostable waste at participating elementary schools. They make enough compost not only for their garden project but for other nearby elementary schools which are also beginning their own gardens.
Response from the students has been very positive. Even on holidays they come in to tend the garden. It’s great to see projects like these, grow.