By Erin Dodds, Chairman of the Green Committee
The PIFS Green Committee kicked off the month of November with a visit from Aleksandra Moch, who helped us get started with composting. Our children have been gardening for years at PIFS and have learned about the benefits of applying compost to garden beds. We thought it would be fun to take another step and teach them about how their snack-time waste can be used to nourish the garden plants that will end up on their lunch plates next June.
The children are learning what a “compost pile” is made of… it’s a magical mix of things like fruit and vegetable peels, autumn leaves, scraps of paper, worms…. ALL the things they love! Our students will watch all of this slowly break down over the next several months into garden gold.
Would you like to talk with your PIFS youngster at home about composting? Below are some fun book ideas and Aleks’ presentation can be viewed here.
The Green Committee was also thrilled to host our first parent program of the year on October 26. Toby Cone and Amy Clark presented “12 Simple Steps to a Healthier Home.” Toby is one of the founding members of Greening Our Children and a former member of the Children’s Environmental Health Center of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. She is also a proud PIFS grandparent! Amy Clark has been a key member of Greening Our Children from the beginning and is passionate about educating families on how to get toxins out of their bodies and homes. Here is a helpful handout from their inspiring program.
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Just because summer is over, you don’t need to abandon all hope of shopping for local produce, eggs and meat at the farmers’ market. The Westport Farmers’ Market is open on Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at 7 Sylvan Lane in Westport. Check out offerings from Riverbank Farm, Wave Hill Breads, The Local Catch, Huckleberries Artisan Pastries, Sono Baking Company and more!