Planting Peas @ Northeast Elementary

Last Thursday at Northeast Elementary, Healthy Waltham invited the entire first-grade class to help us plant hundreds of snap peas in the school’s expanding garden space. We were first assisted by Ms. Lockwood’s forth and fifth-grade class in preparing one of the garden beds for the planting. Kids dug in with trowels and hand cultivators, […]

Vermicomposting @ Brandeis

And now for a quick break from Healthy Waltham’s youth programming for a glimpse into college life at Brandeis University. Although the worm composting unit has just finished at McDevitt Middle School, it’s just now beginning at Brandeis. Through the Brandeis Sustainability Fund, I’ve set up two worm composting bins in Brandeis residence halls (affectionately […]

Are Worms Sensitive to Light?

Last week at McDevitt Middle School, students in Mrs. Murray’s science Cluster Challenge designed simple experiments to find out if worms are sensitive to light. Students worked alone and in groups to develop a hypothesis (a predicted result), an experimental procedure (a means of testing a hypothesis), and a conclusion (what was observed during the […]

Vermicomposting at McDevitt Middle School

This past month, Healthy Waltham has teamed up with McDevitt Middle School’s 6th grade science Cluster Challenge teachers and students to begin a project that puts worms to work while reducing waste by recycling kitchen scraps. Vermicomposting, or the use of worms to quicken the decomposition process of plant waste, is an easy, inexpensive, and […]