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  • 1.  Compost Tumblers

    Posted 03-24-2022 08:36:00 AM
    Good Morning!

    I am wondering about your composting styles? One of our schools doesn't have a ton of space and is in a little nicer part of town. They're wanting to start composting but I don't believe they will want to used recycled pallets or DIY types. I've used a number of different tumblers in the past with mixed success. Our garden is in the same area that the students have recess. So I am a little concerned about the durability of the tumblers.

    What do you all use? Do you have a good recommendation for a nice compost tumbler that isn't over $500?

    Thank you!

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    Kendall Slaughter
    Farm to School Specialist
    Springfield Public Schools
    Springfield, Mo
    keslaughter@spsmail.org
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  • 2.  RE: Compost Tumblers

    Posted 03-24-2022 02:42:00 PM
    I am composting in my STEM classroom inside the building with a WormFactory 360. My students collect lunch scraps and I toss it in the bin... The worms do most of the work! Here is a link to the site: WormFactory 360. We have a few expansion trays, too.
    I have harvested compost 2x and it's gold! Reach out if you have questions or want more info on what we are doing.
    Best,
    Lori

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    Lori Princiotto
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  • 3.  RE: Compost Tumblers

    Posted 03-25-2022 09:02:00 AM
    That's great! Thank you very much. We utilize the WormFactory at a different school site. I will see what this school thinks about worm farming.

    Thank you!

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    Kendall Slaughter
    Farm to School Specialist
    Springfield Public Schools
    Springfield, Mo
    keslaughter@spsmail.org
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  • 4.  RE: Compost Tumblers

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    Posted 03-28-2022 11:40:00 AM
    Worm bins can be installed outdoors also.  You may want to check out the Subpod educator page: https://subpod.com/pages/kids-gardening-compost-guide-for-educators  and in another string John Fisher from Life Lab also shared a great video they have at: https://lifelab.org/2011/09/worms/.

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    Sarah Pounders
    Senior Education Specialist
    The Woodlands TX
    832-418-6540
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  • 5.  RE: Compost Tumblers

    Posted 03-24-2022 04:25:00 PM
    Hi Kendall,
    I am a Master Composter/Master Gardener here in Ct. This is something that I came up with that I think is practical and pragmatic and easy on the wallet, the Black Knight Composter. Here you can find these plastic 55 gallon barrels on craigslist under farm and garden. Here they are about $25 maybe more this year, just need to drill 3/8" or smaller holes. You should have two because as one is curing, you can begin filling the second one. Because it is a closed unit, you will need to occasionally add either a handful of healthy soil or finished compost to rev up and diversify your microbes. Every time you add new waste material, drop it down and roll it around, stand it back up and as it is composting there is hardly ever any noise. That is how you can tell it is working properly. That and no smell.
    Dan 
    55 gallon plastic barrel with 3/8
    A tumbling 55 gallon plastic barrel


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    Dan Gallagher
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  • 6.  RE: Compost Tumblers

    Posted 03-25-2022 09:03:00 AM
    What a great idea! And how simple!? Thank you very much for the information and suggestion.


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    Kendall Slaughter
    Farm to School Specialist
    Springfield Public Schools
    Springfield, Mo
    keslaughter@spsmail.org
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  • 7.  RE: Compost Tumblers

    Posted 03-28-2022 12:05:00 AM
    For small spaces, I also recommend worm composting whether for school gardens or apartments.  Check out the Urban Worm Bin, sometimes it is cheaper on Amazon.
    https://shop.urbanwormcompany.com/products/urban-worm-bag-version-2

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    Sean Gustafson
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  • 8.  RE: Compost Tumblers

    Posted 03-28-2022 01:14:00 PM
    That's great! Thank you so much, Sean!

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    Kendall Slaughter
    Farm to School Specialist
    Springfield Public Schools
    Springfield, Mo
    keslaughter@spsmail.org
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