An Eco campus
These days, with just about everyone claiming they are clean and green, you would be forgiven for thinking that our planet is healing itself rapidly. Alas, Earth is very much in peril and many “gone green” campaigns just make us feel better with little or no tangible impact on our very large footprint.
Not so at King. Our family of teachers, staff, students and volunteers, are approaching environmentalism in a very down-to-earth way. Instead of trying to make ourselves feel better, we are trying to do better.
Garbage is our focus this month. King has started two new programs. Recycling and composting. We have twenty new big blue bins, which Mrs. Ralph and her dedicated students put out to the curb every week. Everything that you put into your big blue bin at home can go into the big blue bin at school. The recycling program in its first week has been such a success that we filled all of our bins within the first four days. Prior to this, all these “recyclables” went to the landfill. We have more bins on the way.
We just built a new composter at Farm King. Composting is simple. We mix food scraps like leftover uncooked veggies and fruits with leaves and grass clippings and the result is an amazing rich soil amendment which will go into the vegetable beds on the farm. Again all of this would otherwise end up in the landfill.
Students! The Farm King Garden club is now open every Thursday at 3:10 p.m. Sign up through the lacer program.
Parents please contact Rosa Alvarado at (323) 644-6743 or go to www.friendsofking.org to sign up to be a volunteer. Farm King needs volunteers every Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoons to help our young farmers tend to the farm and our planet.
Tomas O Grady
Friends of King, Director