January 15, 2014

Terracycle and a Commuity Garden - Good Things Come to Those Who Recycle

I started a TerraCycle Brigade and helped build a community garden for an elementary school as part of a sponsored post for Collective Bias and their client.

Sometimes, the best things in life fall into your lap and are earned at the same time.  You may recall me talking about starting a Terracycle Brigade with a local school a while back.   Fast forward a couple of months and those kids really did their part in saving their drink pouches and toothbrushes to recycle in my DIY Monster Recycling bins.  And of course they were rewarded, big time.  Not just with worms!  C'mon people!  

Mommy Testers, Terracycle, Capri Sun, Building an organic garden at a school #shop

In exchange for their hard work, Capri Sun gave the school $2000 to build the organic garden they had been planning.  With careful budgeting, planning by the PTA, and lots of parent volunteers to sketch, build and schlep, it became a reality.  

Mommy Testers, Terracycle, Capri Sun, Building an organic garden at a school #shop

With the build date on the horizon, I headed off to Home Depot with the "garden crew" to pick out all of the supplies needed to build raised planters, an irrigation system and of course pick up a ton of little shovels and spray bottles for small helping hands.  In the end, we had two huge carts, gravel that needed its own truck and a big delivery of Trex to build the planters.

Mommy Testers, Terracycle, Capri Sun, Building an organic garden at a school #shop

And with lots of the love, the families and staff at Barnard created their garden.  Complete with this totally priceless sign.  "Barnard Family Garden."  Sniffle sniffle.

Mommy Testers, Terracycle, Capri Sun, Building an organic garden at a school #shop

So the planters are now built, the irrigation system is in place, the gravel is down, the organic potting soil is in and they are just a week or so away from transplanting seedlings into the main garden.

Mommy Testers, Terracycle, Capri Sun, Building an organic garden at a school #shop

Tucked away by the nurse's office, their hard work is already paying off.  Seriously, the signs. I die.

Mommy Testers, Terracycle, Capri Sun, Building an organic garden at a school #shop

And of course, the baby worms.  Which apparently you need to be quiet around since they are babies.  As much as kids may drive you up a wall, ask a million questions and NEVER put their shoes on when asked the innocence that comes with them is just the best thing in the world.


Mommy Testers, Terracycle, Capri Sun, Building an organic garden at a school #shop

The kids used egg cartons for their seed starters.  Look, they're growing kale! There must be some proud parents out there right now.  Of course these seed starters got me thinking.  Of course, once I get thinking I'm bound to be off to make a mess somewhere in the house in the pursuit of driving my husband nuts creativity.

Mommy Testers, Terracycle, Capri Sun, Building an organic garden at a school #shop

Which is why when I got home and started thinking about those drink pouches and a few that we had left over from a class party where I was "juice mom" I came up with these.  The perfect way to upcycle a drink pouch. Check out my Drink Pouch Seed Starters.  

Mommy Testers, Drink Pouch Seed Starters #shop


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