The topic of the day at the Mary Buren garden was soil. The kids had a discussion group about what type of soils there are, where do soils come from, what kind of plants grow in different soils (big trees in a forest and small shrubs on the beach), and finally, how does sand and clay become soil.
To illustrate the transformative process of soil building, we had a look in the worm bin. All of the students were fascinated by the cocoons, baby worms, and of course the adult red wigglers. They laughed, ewwed and awed as writhing Eisenia foetidas were passed around the circle. During recess, there must have been at least 50 kids in the garden and worm bin. All of them stuck their hands in the bin digging for black gold. The wonderful volunteer helping me asked if this was good for the worms. I replied that it definitely was not, but probably worth it in terms of exposure for the children. She heartily agreed. By the time the last class got a turn at the bin, I would have to say that finding a wiggler was tough. Good thing a single worm can conceive thousands of offspring in a lifetime 🙂