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Composting for Kids

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A Gardener's Alphabet - Mary Azarian
Call Number: SB457 .A992
ISBN: 0618033807
Publication Date: 2000-04-24
An alphabet book featuring words associated with gardening, including bulbs, compost, digging, insects, and weeds.

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Compost Stew - Mary McKenna Siddals; Ashley Wolff (Illustrator)
Call Number: PZ8.3 .S5715 Co 2010
ISBN: 9781582463162
Publication Date: 2010-03-23
A rhyming recipe explains how to make the dark, crumbly, rich, earth-friendly food called compost.

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Diary of a Worm - Doreen Cronin; Harry Bliss (Illustrator)
Call Number: SB457 .C947
ISBN: 006000150X
Publication Date: 2003-08-14
A young worm discovers, day by day, that there are some very good and some not so good things about being a worm in this great big world.

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Wiggling Worms at Work - Wendy Pfeffer; Steve Jenkins (Illustrator)
Call Number: QL391 .A6 P48 2004
ISBN: 9780060284480
Publication Date: 2003-12-23
Explains how earthworms eat, move, reproduce, and help plants to grow.

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Worms Eat Our Garbage - Mary Appelhof; Mary Frances Fenton (Illustrator); Barbara Loss Harris; Nancy Kostecke (Illustrator); Daniel L. Dindal (Preface by)
Call Number: SB457 .A646
ISBN: 0942256050
Publication Date: 2004-09-01
Three creative educators collaborated to produce this guide for classroom and home. Centered around a classroom worm bin, this curriculum uses over 150 worm-related activities to develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills in children grades 4-8. Rich in content in "Wormformation" paragraphs integrates science, mathematics, language arts, biology, solid waste issues, ecology, and the environment in ways that draw children into the learning process. Three sections include "The World of Worms," "Worms at Work," and "Beyond the Bin." Includes 16 appendicies, resource materials, teacher's guidelines, bibliography, glossary, and index. User has permission to photocopy for use in the classroom


Books and eBooks in the Library

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Bioshelter Market Garden - Darrell Frey
Call Number: S494.5.P47 F743 2011
ISBN: 9780865716780
Publication Date: 2011-02-01
Bioshelter Market Garden: A Permaculture Farm describes the creation of a sustainable food system through a detailed case study of the successful year-round organic market garden at Pennsylvania’s Three Sisters Farm. Both visionary and practical, this fully illustrated book overflows with a wealth of information on the application of permaculture principles.

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Building Soil: a down-To-Earth Approach - Elizabeth Murphy
Call Number: S591 .M984 2015
ISBN: 9781591866190
Publication Date: 2015-03-27
Building Soil is a simple book full of practical, up-to-date information about building healthy soils. Simple methods perfect for the home gardener’s use put healthy, organic soil within everyone’s reach. You don’t need a degree in soil management to understand this book; you only need a yard or garden and the desire to improve it at the most basic level.

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Building Soils for Better Crops - Fred Magdoff
Call Number: S 592.8 .M34 2000
ISBN: 1888626135
Publication Date: c2000
Building Soils for Better Crops is a one-of-a-kind, practical guide to ecological soil management, now expanded and in full color. It provides step-by-step information on soil-improving practices as well as in-depth background from what soil is to the importance of organic matter. Case studies of farmers from across the country provide inspiring examples of how soil and whole farms have been renewed through these techniques.

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Composting - Joseph C. Pereira; John L. Bolin
Call Number: S661 .P445 2009eb
ISBN: 9781607414384
Publication Date: 2009-07-01
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Composting Inside and Out - Stephanie Davies
Call Number: S661 .D38 2011eb
ISBN: 9781440223679
Publication Date: 2011-03-07
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Diary of a Compost Hotline Operator - Spring Gillard; Michael Levenston (Foreword by)
Call Number: S661 .G475
ISBN: 0865714924
Publication Date: 2003-10-01
What do you do with Doggy-Doo? Can I put corks in my compost bin? Do worms have lungs? Why is my compost full of thousands of tiny white flies?

Vital questions such as these are the lot of a Compost Hotline Operator, as Spring Gillard knows only too well. That really is her job description, and she fields calls like this all day long. She also meets a cast of characters curiously crazed by the gardening bug, like Ellen, who wears worm earrings and belts out the "Compost Rap" to unsuspecting participants in her vermicomposting class. Or Laurel, worm bin mural artist, West Coast Wes the Scarecrow, Scissor-happy Sally, and Mike their fearless leader, prone to tai-chi fits . . .

The Diary of a Compost Hotline Operator began in 1996 as a series of entries on the website of City Farmer, Vancouver's nonprofit urban agriculture group that has been thriving for twenty-five years. It is packed with barely credible real-life tales from the trenches of the urban horticulture avant-garde, dealing with all manner of gardening lore.

It is also a mine of useful resources-perfect reading for garden fanatics, gift-givers, ag-academics and environmentalists, and all who like to laugh while they learn.

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Dirt - Barbara Richardson (Editor); Pam Houston (Contribution by)
Call Number: S598 .D578 2015eb
ISBN: 9781611688009
Publication Date: 2015-08-22
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Easy Compost - Beth Hanson (Editor); Niall Dunne (Editor)
Call Number: S661 .E27 2013
ISBN: 9781889538846
Publication Date: 2013-06-18
Composting is green gardening at its best: it helps protect plants from diseases and pests, creates especially rich soil, and releases its nutrients slowly as plants need them. Now completely updated and redesigned, Brooklyn Botanic Garden's essential, bestselling guide contains the latest information on modern composting techniques, from what to put in the pile to how best to use your compost in the garden. An expanded resource section features special advice for urban gardeners.

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Easy Composters You Can Build - Nick Noyes
Call Number: S661 .N64 1995eb
ISBN: 9781603422789
Publication Date: 1995-01-10
Since 1973, Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletins have offered practical, hands-on instructions designed to help readers master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily. There are now more than 170 titles in this series, and their remarkable popularity reflects the common desire of country and city dwellers alike to cultivate personal independence in everyday life.

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How to Make and Use Compost - Nicky Scott
Call Number: S661 .S37 2009eb
ISBN: 1900322595
Publication Date: 2010-01-01
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How to Mulch - Stu Campbell
Call Number: S661.5 .C34 2015eb
ISBN: 9781612124452
Publication Date: 2015-03-03
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Humic Matter in Soil and the Environment - Kim H. Tan
Call Number: S592.8 .T29 2014eb
ISBN: 9781482234466
Publication Date: 2014-01-01
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Let It Rot! - Stu Campbell; Lee Smith
Call Number: S661 .C35 1998eb
ISBN: 9781603422031
Publication Date: 1998-03-01
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Teaming with Microbes - Wayne Lewis; Jeff Lowenfels
Call Number: S591 .L59 2010
ISBN: 9781604691139
Publication Date: 2010-02-24
The 2011 Garden Writers of America Gold Award for Best Writing/Book proves soil is anything but an inert substance. Healthy soil is teeming with life -- not just earthworms and insects, but a staggering multitude of bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms. When we use chemical fertilizers, we injure the microbial life that sustains healthy plants, and thus become increasingly dependent on an arsenal of artificial substances, many of them toxic to humans as well as other forms of life. But there is an alternative to this vicious circle: to garden in a way that strengthens, rather than destroys, the soil food web -- the complex world of soil-dwelling organisms whose interactions create a nurturing environment for plants. By eschewing jargon and overly technical language, the authors make the benefits of cultivating the soil food web available to a wide audience, from devotees of organic gardening techniques to weekend gardeners who simply want to grow healthy, vigorous plants without resorting to chemicals.

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The Complete Compost Gardening Guide - Barbara Pleasant; Deborah L. Martin
Call Number: S661 .P54 2008eb
ISBN: 9781580177030
Publication Date: 2008-02-13
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The Complete Guide to Working with Worms - Atlantic Publishing Group Inc. Staff; Wendy Vincent
Call Number: SF597.E3 V56 2012
ISBN: 9781601385994
Publication Date: 2012-07-30
Working with Worms: The Complete Guide to Using the Gardener s Best Friend for Organic Gardening and Composting will tell you everything you need to know to start composting with worms. You will learn what supplies you need, including what bins to purchase, what materials to include in your compost, and where you can purchase your worms. You will learn the conditions to create for your compost bin, what to feed your wigglers, and how often to harvest the castings your worms leave behind.

This book will also help you with problems you may encounter while working with your squirming friends, including what to do with extra worms, how to deal with them escaping from the compost bin, how to tell if they are healthy, and what to do if they are not eating. You will learn the proper way to maintain your vermiform compost and use it in your garden after the composting cycle is complete. This practical guide will offer you solutions and suggestions to keep your garden healthy and happy by including this organic compost material.

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The Pet Poo Pocket Guide - Rose Seemann
Call Number: S655 .S446 2015eb
ISBN: 9781550925883
Publication Date: 2015-05-04
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The Rodale Book of Composting - Grace Gershuny (Editor); Deborah L. Martin (Editor)
Call Number: S663 .M379 1992
ISBN: 0878579915
Publication Date: 1992-01-15
The essential guide to composting for all gardeners and environmentally conscious people

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The Vegetable Gardener's Book of Building Projects - Storey Publishing Staff (Editor)
Call Number: SB454.8 .V44 2010eb
ISBN: 9781603425261
Publication Date: 2010-04-17
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Vermitechnology - Shweta Yadav; V. K. Singh
Call Number: S605.5 .Y333 2014eb
ISBN: 9781631179433
Publication Date: 2014-01-01
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