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PHIG Partners with Pleasant Hill Middle School

Jul 30, 2015 09:39AM ● By Elena Hutslar

An example of what volunteers do during a PHIG work party is to turn all of the compost.

Monika Olsen, teacher and master gardener at the PleasantHill Instructional Garden (PHIG), and other volunteers have recently completed construction of a four bin composting system. The purpose of the system is to recycle neighborhood and school green waste and to demonstrate the value of recycling and composting.

This September, students at Pleasant Hill Middle School will be taking their cafeteria’s kitchen scraps and twice weekly salad bar discards to the composting system.

“Students will be directed at the PHIG composting system by a trained PHIG volunteer, teacher, master gardener, or master composter on how to turn in the scraps and discards they have carried over from the cafeteria to begin the composting process,” explains Olsen. PHIG could use a parent or other volunteer to work with the students, as they want to keep this a regular and ongoing activity. 

This year, Las Lomas student Claire Yu from Girl Scout Troop #30686, will build a locked, rodent-proof cover and arbor for the composting system for her Gold Award project and will need lumber and other materials. To help her complete the project, please donate your used cedar, redwood, or treated lumber to PHIG. Contact Monika Olsen at [email protected] or by voicemail: (925) 482-6670.  PHIG is located next to the parking lot opposite Pleasant Hill Park ball fields and opposite the Pleasant Hill Middle School/Pleasant Hill Education Center. PHIG educates students, staff, and community members in water conservation with a demonstration garden using water recycling methods, drought tolerant and native plantings, and no pesticides.