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March 23, 2012 > Project EAT team picks up compost donations

Project EAT team picks up compost donations

Submitted By Claudia Medina
Photos By Debra Israel

A mountain of compost was piled high at Tennyson High School on Friday, March 9. Specifically, twenty cubic yards of donated WM EarthCare Homegrown Compost kicked-off spring planting at 26 Project EAT school gardens in Hayward, San Leandro, San Lorenzo and Livermore Valley Joint Unified School Districts.

The donation coincides with National Nutrition Awareness Month, a time for schools across the country to focus on the importance of informed food choices and sound eating and physical activity habits.

The Alameda County Office of Education's (ACOE's) "Project EAT," now in its 10th year, advocates nutritional awareness by promoting an increase in the consumption of fruits and vegetables and physical activity through garden-based nutrition education and cooking connection lessons. During the course of the academic year, students learn the importance of personal nutrition; the essential physical exercise their bodies need daily; and where their food comes from. Students from 26 schools in Alameda County will have the opportunity to plant, tend, harvest, taste and learn.

"We are happy to donate Homegrown Compost to Project EAT. Nurturing school gardens with compost approved for organic gardening is a great way to nourish our kids and teach them about sustainability," said Jessica Jones, Waste Management of Alameda County's WM EarthCare Compost Manager.

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