FBI = Fungus, Bacterica, Invertibrates = Nature's recyclers. A clever play on words. Not only is FBI a famous local-only surf clothing line, From Big Island, but he acronym rolls off the tongue of even a first grader for some odd reason. We talk about FBI in class as the world's most efficient recyclers. The miracle is that without FBI there would be no way for the nutrients in a papaya peal to get to the starfruit. We can help FBI work by providing layers of green (fresh, nitrogen) and brown (old, carbon) to feed the maximum FBI. And we can whacking back garden jungle to create compost piles.
Teamwork and effective tool use are two important components of the kind of work needed to build big compost piles. I have to be on constant watch during hard core tool work because little children have no idea of spacial awareness. The most well-meaning first grader will throw their biggest shovel dig with a friend right next to them or run down a gravel hill holding clippers no problem. Jobs were bean picking, bean shelling, rock moving, vegetation clipping.
On the way to a more controlled garden, students discovered everything from Hawaiian Blind Snakes to white cockroaches, to a spider eating a centipede. Teams of students no one would have put together join to move rocks or clip a tunnel. Most gardeners get into a groove and go to town working for the earth until I tell them its time to clean up.
Our students work hard like FBI. Kids and microorganisms have more in common than I thought.
Krista Joan says:
My mission is to teach, train, and testify in resistance to the white supremacy of my ancestors. My personal choices are political, powerful, and practical. Let's trash waste.