Local students learn about soil health

Local students are getting a new book to help them learn about a vital part of our food supply: the soil.

The book, called “Worm McWorm and the Decomposers” teaches kids how to keep soil healthy.

It’s the product of a collaboration between Hillview Urban Agriculture Center and the Grow La Crosse program, which works to connect kids with their food supply through things like school gardens.

Linda Vale, operations director at Grow La Crosse, says, “95% of our food comes from soil. If we aren’t caring about our soil health, we’re not caring about our food health. The best way to do it is to reach out to kiddos about it, reach out to students so they can build their own literacy on these issues so when they grow into adults and create their own individual lifestyles, they can make the right choices.”

The book will be rolled out as part of a winter composting program at local elementary schools.

Each week, Hillview Urban Agriculture Center uses worms to transform hundreds of pounds of food waste from around town into compost.

Wednesday is World Soil Day.

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