Worm farming at school

Ideas and links for worm farming at achool

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Worm farming is used to break down organic matter, including fruit and vegetable scraps, into nutrient rich compost called castings that can be used as fertiliser on school vegetable gardens. Worm farming prevents organic matter from ending up in landfill. When organic matter is buried in landfill it undergoes anaerobic decomposition which results in the production of methane gas - a major contributor to global warming.

There are lots of options for schools to compost their food scraps such as worm farms, compost bins and kerbside collection.

Worm farming fruit and vegetable scraps provides a great opportunity to combat climate change by reducing the amount of organic school waste going to landfill.

Many schools use a fridge worm farm. Fridge worm farms have a large surface area, which means that they can house more worms and process more organic waste. They are also insulated, keeping it cool in summer as worms don’t like the heat. Find out how to make a fridge worm farm here.

Other types of worm farms include the tiered worm farm, worm tubes and bathtubs, which all have different benefits.

To find out more about worm farming at school see the fact sheet or watch the latest videos: