Pearl City High School recycling all their cafeteria food-waste from the beginning of this School year.
Mindy Jaffe of Waikiki Worm company, now working full time at the school invited us to see how she combines various composting methods to take on this challenge!
Hot compost Method. Mounds of Hot compost near the agriculture class field.
Black soldier fly method. Buckets of food waste to feed black the soldier fly larvae and to form the Hot compost plies.
Mounds of Hot compost piles from the beginning of this school year. Approximately 500-700 lbs of food waste can be recycled into one mound.
Mindy uncovering the burlap bags to show the food waste layered between wood chips.
EM® Bokashi Composting method. Special Education students also made their own Bokashi with EM•1®. Students treated food waste with EM® Bokashi and buried the treated food waste into the holes. The solid food waste breaks down in a matter of few weeks.
The students decided which vegetables to plant in their vibrant “BOKASHI GARDEN”.
Future site of the Bokashi Garden.
Closer look at the EM® Bokashi treated food waste. Each hole composted approximately 160 lbs of solid foodwaste.
Looking forward to see what's growing there in a few moths.
Vermicomposting method. Mindy showing her worm bins.
Final results of the Hot compost pile. High Quality compost.
We applaud Mindy for taking on this challenge with the special education students. Training them to be assistants in various forms of food waste recycling so that they may work at other schools as Food Waste Managers after gradation.
So far they have recycled 1000 lbs of food waste a week. That’s 2 tons of food waste a month.
Of those, 10,000 lbs were recycled in the Hot compost piles this semester. An amazing 90%!
Mahalo, Cindy for taking time to share the work you have done with your students.
Please contact Cindy Jaffe for more information if you're interested in doing a similar project at your school.