Back to School: Kids at the Environmental Charter Schools in South L.A. Are Taking Climate Change into their Own Hands

Bordered by Gardena Boulevard and nestled between apartment buildings in a converted church in a gritty section of Gardena, a wild tomato seedling has sprouted from a corner of the compost heap at Environmental Charter Middle School, showing hope for the future.

Students Giovani Benitez and Kevin Luna just welcomed a wheelbarrow of food waste from neighborhood restaurant Yo Way Eatery and are turning it into mound of sawdust and hay that will both feed their community and make a small dent in climate change.

…The Table to Farm Composting project at the ECS schools in South Los Angeles is a waste reduction pilot program, which started in Inglewood, that combats methane generated by landfills by connecting restaurants with compost hubs, urban farms and community gardens for a multifaceted food waste reduction program. The high school and middle school have become compost hubs for the community and their own gardens, building their own bins and raised beds from recycled wood they have collected.

…The Bay Foundation (distinct from “Heal The Bay”) developed the program, which grew out of their Clean Bay Restaurant program. The organization’s focus is the Santa Monica Bay and efforts to avert trash going through  storm drains into the ocean.  It also works to educate boaters on how to keep the bay clean…

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