Do the Rot Thing: Waste Management PBL Project

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Do the Rot Thing: Waste Management PBL Project

Problem: How can an agriculturalist regenerate ecosystems as well as return nutrients to the soil to benefit plant growth in a natural way with the interaction of the food and fiber systems in conjunction with natural cycles, while eliminating organic matter ? Students will examine the principle of composting organic material, and the process of converting complex organic matter into the basic nutrients needed by living organisms. Product: Students will create an informational report that explains a waste management plan using compost. Included in the report should be information regarding the microbiology of compost production in addition to the practical household application of the research. Additionally, the brochure should outline the removal of organic matter to increase ecological sustainability while having the least environmental impact on the farm and community. This unit is brought to you by Natalie Borba (Agriculture) with support from the CTE Online curriculum leadership team and detailed coordination provided by the Course Team Lead Gayle Nicholls-Ali.
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