Learn About Composting

The process of composting is an accessible way to get connected to sustainability efforts. Here are a few angles with which to introduce the concept to children. These curricula were prepared as part of the JOFEE Fellowship.

“Bal Taschit/Compost” is a curriculum designed by Jaclyn Kellner for children aged 10-12. This program is an introduction to the farm and the closed-systems way of thinking using compost as a lens to think about resource use. Participants will explore the thought behind these systems with the help of the Jewish concept Bal Taschit. Click here to access this resource.

“Worms: Decomposition Heroes” is a curriculum designed by Sarah Rovin for elementary school children. This program is an introduction to earthworms and their necessary place in decomposition and soil health as well as looking deeper into cycles that renew the earth and where we see this in Jewish text. Click here to access this resource.

“Learn About Composting” is a sequence of four 30 minute classes designed by Josh Kleymeyer for children aged 3-5. This curriculum serves as an introduction to the process of composting as well as what can and can’t be composted. Click here to access this resource.

“Righteous Rotting” is a curriculum designed by Hannah Slipakoff for all ages. It is an in-depth exploration of composting- from basic biology to implementing systems on a home-scale. Participants will be guided through the Jewish spiritual significance of composting and principles of sustainability while having the opportunity to apply their learning by problem-solving in a “compost clinic” and constructing a functional compost bin. Click here to access this resource.