Farm 2 School Community Compost @ Greco Gardens
Opening May 2019: Tampa Bay Farm 2 School is hosting this public community soil making site at the community garden located on the campus of Greco Middle School. The compost bins are a design project combining the efforts of 7th grade Greco STEM students and USF School of Architecture and Community Design students. The short and long-term purpose of the compost site is to serve as a teaching tool for students as well as a source of soil for the student and community gardens. Also, it is possible that eventually the compost can be sold as a Greco school fundraiser. Local residents are invited to drop off their kitchen scraps. During the 2019-20 school year, Greco students will contribute food waste from the school cafeteria. Receive updates about becoming a Soil Supporter by signing up here.
The compost bins are made of Western Red Cedar, galvanized steel hardware, and chicken wire. They will be placed on bricks to provide a barrier for the wood from moisture. As a Greco Middle School community partner and host of the Community Compost site, Farm 2 School is providing ongoing maintenance, turning the compost, communicating with local Soil Supporters, and maintaining the appropriate balance of materials for a productive outcome. We believe this compost system has the potential for valuable hands on lessons and a source of pride for students engaged in making soil for the gardens. This active composting site will serve as an outdoor classroom for Greco students for lessons about soil, bacteria, carbon sequestration. There is also the potential to create a fundraiser from selling the composted soil made from cafeteria waste.
Thank you to these Community Compost sponsors: the Greco STEM program, City of Temple Terrace, USF School of Architecture and Community Design, the GFWC Temple Terrace Jr. Women’s Club, MakeSoil.org, Temple Terrace Preservation Society, Ward-Mitchell: Civil Trial Attorneys and the GFWC Temple Terrace Women’s Club.
About Greco Gardens
Greco Gardens at Greco Middle School is a unique project created by two organizations, the Tampa Bay Community Gardens and Temple Terrace Farm2School. Since its opening in 2013, TBF2S has organized volunteer groups to build the student gardens, helped Greco students plant and harvest, built an outdoor classroom in partnership with the USF School of Architecture and Community Design, organized regular grounds and garden maintenance workdays, organized a volunteer team to feed the animals on the weekends and helped with general facility maintenance.
During the 2016/17, 2017/18 and the current school year, Farm2School community and USF Patel College volunteer teams led by Beth Bosserman-Curts and the Gessman family, have helped with maintenance of the Greco Pollinator Garden, the Temple Orange tree grove, and feeding the farm animals on weekends and during school breaks. Enjoy these collection of photos! A partnership with the Greco STEM program has resulted in a new Community Compost site opening in May 2019.
November 17, 2018, USF volunteers weed and mulch the student strawberry garden.