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Penn Children Get a Taste of Compost Tea

July 11, 2013

Facilities & Real Estate Services hosted more than 40 children of Penn employees on April 25, Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work® Day. A demonstration on Compost Tea introduced visiting kids to one of the many ways this department helps to “green” Penn’s Campus. University Landscape Architect Bob Lundgren and Landscape Planner Chloe Cerwinka showed how different types of organic waste and paper products are collected and sent to an off-site processing facility where they break down into a rich compost. Completing the cycle, the material returns to Penn where it is turned into a fertile “tea” used as an all-natural, nutrient-dense spray on campus landscapes to build healthy soil.

Continuing the “green” education, the young guests got to see worms at work in a compost sample, where they aerate and digest organic material that goes back into the soil. Many children planted sunflower or pea seeds in soil to take home and begin their own garden.

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2013 marks the fifth year in a row that Penn has received the Tree Campus USA® designation, awarded by the Arbor Day Foundation.

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