This summer I really wanted to learn more about composting, in order to be able to be more knowledgeable for our school program. Also, I wanted my son to learn more about real work ethic! So, a neighborhood composting service was created!
We started by finding people who were willing to save their compostables and then we found lots of free buckets!
We started with almost 10 customers and most needed some information on what could go in the bucket! So, the boy gave information sheets in the first bucket.
The buckets were lined with newspaper for easier cleaning and to add some browns to the large amount of greens that we collected. We picked up the buckets weekly and returned a clean bucket. We also weighed the buckets to keep track of the amount we collected.
We picked up a few and lost a few customers over the summer, but he managed to continue without complaining once!
We primarily used the compost tumbler and that turned out the compost the fastest. But, we also had a bin over by the chicken area that they loved digging through.
We were also able to snag around 100 pounds of coffee grounds from a local coffee shop! We saw on Facebook that they had plenty to share.
The compost started to accumulate and we are looking forward to having a lot of garden food for next season!
So eventually we made it a goal to collect 1,000 pounds before the break in our program for the winter. And guess what…
We actually hit our goal! I’m proud of our boy for working so hard, and appreciate all of his customers willingness to give! I was so impressed with his knowledge and hearing him show confidence when talking to his customers. I can proudly say he knows more about composting than most adults! And his mom’s love for this beautiful planet is rubbing off on him! 💙💚
So, will we do it again next summer? I think so, as long as people are still interested!