Compost is the product that results after the decomposition of organic waste (certain food waste). This product can be used to make nutrient rich soil for plants to grow. There are two reasons why we should compost:
1. To avoid dumping tons of food in landfills. Americans waste 29 million tons of food every day.
2. To reuse food waste in order to make nutrient rich soil for plants to grow.
First graders at Maplewood Richmond Heights Early Childhood Center and Fontbonne University’s Dietetic Students are among some of the few in this area that compost their food waste.
Here is what you need to know about compost:
1. Compost reduces waste and improves soil.
2. You need nitrogen and carbon for your compost to work. Nitrogen rich materials are known as the “brown stuff” (i.e. grass clippings). Carbon rich materials are your green stuff (i.e. left over foods). You need a correct balance of the two in order for compost to work. Usually it is a ratio of 25:1 (Carbon: Nitrogen).
3. Do not compost dairy products, meats, fish, or any other animal product/waste. The smell can attract rodents and insects.
4. Do not compost insect infested plants or herbs.
5. Compost egg shells, anything made out of flour like breads and pasta), nuts, apple core, leftover fruits and vegetables.
6. Do not compost sauces, gravy, or dressings.
As you probably already know, October is breast cancer awareness month. In support of that, Fontbonne Griffin Gang (the group that works to promote school spirit) hosted a Big Pink Volleyball tournament. This took place after the women’s volleyball team played against Westminster. All the players wore pink jerseys. Also, pink t-shirts, balloons, and even cupcakes were being passed out to the crowd. I loved looking at a sea of pink.
The recreational tournament was unlike traditional volleyball games. We used a giant, and I mean giant, inflatable pink ball. It was actually a lot harder than it looked to lift that monstrous thing over the net. It was fun though; definitely not something anybody can say they play on a daily basis (or even have at all). The team that I played on was #ODKAlltheWay. This was a group of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) Leadership Society members. We did not win the tournament, but we all enjoyed ourselves and supported a worthy cause and event. As cliché as it may sound, that is all that truly matters.
Speaking of ODK and a worthy cause, ODK sponsored a campaign the morning after Big Pink Volleyball. The campaign is called It Can Wait, which encourages people to not text while they are driving. Tables were set up in the library, cafeteria, and DSAC so that people could learn more about the dangers of this habit and the statistics. Then, they were able to sign and pledge and receive a car decal as a reminder. Not to brag or anything, but I’m proud that Fontbonne is affiliated with so many great causes and organizations. And, I am proud that I can say that I’m a part of them.