The worm food diet — potatoes, poop and paper
  • Thursday 14 May 2009

Council’s worm farm workshops held at libraries across the Coast during composting week were a huge success, offering advice and tips for the effective recycling of organic waste.

Every workshop was full, sending a clear message to council that organic recycling has community support and interest.

Sunshine Coast Regional Council’s Waste Education Coordinator Sandie Johnston said that worm farming takes you on an interesting and fruitful journey.

“It’s great for everyone. You don’t need to be an avid gardener, you might just be interested in doing your bit for the environment. It is certainly a fun way to get kids learning about the whole cycle of food production and importance of waste management,” Ms Johnston said.

“When you first set up your farm there are so many questions, but as you get used to your farm and your worms, you realise that it’s a simple and a wonderful way to get rid of organic waste.

“I’ve been showing people how to make their own worm farms, which is easy, cheap and costs around $5.

“Many of the questions, such as, how much should worms eat, which type of farm to use and how quickly your worms will reproduce will depend on your own worm community. Other questions such as what to feed worms and what to do with the castings are answered on council’s website.

“Worm farms and compost bins are great ways to get rid of your organic waste, turning it into a resource that is great for your garden. Even if you don’t have a garden, you can use the castings and worm juice on pot plants, or give it to your neighbours to use.”

For more information about worm farms, composting and general recycling, head to the waste and recycling pages on council’s website www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

Photo available on request: Sandie Johnston with the winners of the worm farm and compost bin at the Nambour Library