If you’re looking for ways to reduce waste and teach your children about their impact on the environment, it might be time to give composting a try.
Composting is the natural process of organic materials like food and yard taste breaking down into a dark, granular matter – similar to soil. Composting is fun and educational. It’s also a great way to transform your family’s kitchen and yard waste into valuable material to use in your garden – or even to sell. We’re always encouraging our kids to come up with creative business ideas and ways to make money.
Our family lives off the grid in a remote part of Canada’s far north. We must haul out all of our garbage – and pay to take it to the dump. At the same time, most of our property is bedrock with very little good gardening soil.
During the summer months, our homeschool schedule includes permaculture and foraging too – but we often only use one part of the wild greens we forage. So making our own compost helps us reduce waste, AND put nutrients into our garden.
To get our kids interested in composting and track their activities and chores, I created this simple free Composting for Kids Printable Pack. Scroll down to the bottom of this to grab your own copy.
It includes a 4-page Composting Journal and a Weekly Composting Chore Chart Tracker. It also includes a printable “Can I Compost This?” sheet to post in your kitchen.
Composting Indoors or Outdoors
Anyone can compost. whether you live in an apartment in the city, a suburban house or a big old homestead.
If you plan to compost in the city, invest in a small, countertop compost container with a charcoal filter to keep the smell down. When the container is full, move it to a larger container, like a Rubbermaid bin out on your balcony. If you’re looking for a hands-on homeschool building project, try your hand at building a compost bin.
collect your compostable kitchen food scraps in a big coffee tin, like we do. Each night after dinner the girls empty it. During the winter we compost with worms working hard composting in our Rubbermaid bin. We keep it in our water tank room. And once summer rolls around, we move the bin outdoors.
The girls take turns “turning over” the compost weekly. When it starts to resemble dark, rich soil, we work it into our raised garden beds.
Visit An Off Grid Life to grab your free Composting With Kids Printable Pack now!
Sarita Harbour is a busy mom/step-mom, and grandmother blessed with seven kids ranging from age 32 down to seven. She lives off the grid with her family in a lakefront chalet in the beautiful wilderness of Canada’s far north. She spends her days teaching, writing, and learning the ropes of homesteading off the grid. Visit her site, Off Grid Life, for free printables and resources on homesteading, homeschooling, and self-reliance for the whole family.