Flagler County

Composting Food Waste for the i3 Garden

project-compostFood waste is becoming a problem in America because of the amount of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, it gives off. However, i3 Academy is doing something about it. Mr. Edward Cox’s chemistry students, along with Food Services Director for Flagler County Schools Mrs. Angela Torres and Food Nutrition Expert Mrs. Kaley Mialki, have made a plan to start composting all the food that isn’t eaten and use it to fertilize their garden starting this month.

Their strategy is to make a method of collecting food waste, measure how much is being produced, and how much they can eliminate.

project-compost-1Their goal is to, “Develop and implement a process by which we could utilize some of the district’s food waste in a composting system which would ultimately provide nutrients for use in school gardens,” says Mrs. Torres.

Project Compost has endless benefits, such as reducing food waste generated throughout Flagler County. “Making food for the students, homeless shelter, building community awareness and pride in becoming an environmentally proactive school, and more opportunities to expand throughout the county and state,” Mr. Cox added.

Mrs. Torres also revealed that in a conference meeting a speaker announced, “Approximately 40% of the food in America is wasted and it’s the largest component in landfills. As it rots, it releases methane, a greenhouse gas twenty-one times more potent than carbon dioxide.”