We practice organic gardening principles in the Marquez Edible Garden. We use organic fertilizers and compost. We do not use pesticides. We currently have an active compost bin and a worm bin. The students plant the vegetables, harvest them and eat them. We plant flowers and herbs to attract beneficial insects such as ladybugs. Ladybugs like parsley, mint and marigolds. Butterflies like nasturtiums. We have planted milkweed to feed the caterpillar stage of the monarch butterfly.