The saying that “today’s kids are tomorrow’s future” is so true! At Central Farm Markets, we believe that it is important to not only teach, but to include kids in our efforts to protect and restore their own environments. From making healthy food decisions to recycling, reusing and restoring, kids today are naturals at adapting to new practices. The more we can teach our kids about the life cycle of our food, the more they will be able to make good decisions that impact that cycle.
We know that many of you are already participating in the Compost Crew’s food recycling program, and now we want to extend this wonderful lesson of recycling and composting to the kids who come to our markets. So, on Saturday June 22nd, in partnership with the Compost Crew, we will launch our CompostKIDS Program at Central Farm Markets.
How Does the Program Work?
Starting on Saturday, June 22 and continuing through Sunday, September 1, kids ages 5-16 will be able to join in on the fun. This program will be available at both Pike Central and Bethesda Central Farm Markets. Here’s what you need to do:
- Pick up a counter-top canister at the Compost Crew table and sign up for the program. Each child will receive a card with ten “punches” on it and information on how and what to put in the canister. Each child will also receive a “CompostKids Rock the Earth” T-shirt when they have punched the card three times.
- Each week, bring the counter-top canister back to the Compost Crew table and empty it into a compost bucket located at the table. Have your card punched and receive a treat, compliments of the farm market.
- Take your canister home and refill it for the next time you visit the market.
- When your card has been filled (ten punches by September 1), each child will receive a bag of compost for their gardens from the Compost Crew and a gift card to Staples for school supplies.
It’s easy, it’s fun, and most importantly, it’s good for the environment and for all of us. Central Farm Markets looks forward to continuing our commitment to a sustainable environment and we are excited to have the opportunity to hold this great program at the markets.
For more information please e-mail Debbie Moser at firstname.lastname@example.org.