North Forsyth High receives second compost bin

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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — North Forsyth High School received its second compost bin from Reaping Nature Educational Outreach Foundation and Tyson Foods in May.

North Forsyth is the first school in the county to receive a second bin. Nine schools have compost bins from Reaping Nature and Tyson.

“We have a new agriculture teacher here at North Forsyth,” said Randy Herrin, the school’s assistant principal. “He is working to build a stronger agriculture and environmental program, which necessitates expanding our present composting abilities.”

The school’s first bin is full of grass clippings, soil and other organic materials. Compost from this bin is used to fertilize plants in the school’s greenhouses. North Forsyth is in the process of building five 100-foot gardens on the back of their campus.

The school is already home to three greenhouses.

“Environmental stewardship and sustainability are a part of our core values at Tyson Foods,” said Lisa Blotsky, Tyson Foods environmental health and safety manager. “This program provides us with a unique opportunity to partner with local schools to promote environmental education at a grassroots level.”

For more information, visit www.reapingnature.org.

FH 05-28-14