What is Worm Composting and why are we doing it at Quander Road School?

IMG_5623.JPG“Ewwwwwww! What’s a worm farm?” That’s what one of the students asked when Barbara Elkin first showed up with our worm farm.  Once she started talking about what a worm farm was and how we were going to have our own worm farm the students where enthralled. We asked Kyle one of our Garden Club members to explain what he learned and the importance of worm composting here is what he had to say…

“Worm composting is very important because it produces worm castings, a nutrient-rich soil amendment and fertilizer. It can also help people save money by creating their own soil amendment for their home garden and reduce the amount of waste that goes into a landfill. When our worm castings are ready, we will place it around the flowers and vegetables to replenish nutrients such as nitrates, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium and calcium to grow healthy plants.” ~ Kyle Ake

Thanks Kyle! The students have been maintaining the worm farm now for two months. We currently have three levels and are about to add a fourth.  Staff and students collect food scraps such as melon rinds, banana peels, and other fruits and veggies (but no citrus or peppers!)  either here at school or bringing them in from home to feed the worms. It is fun to watch the students learning responsibility and organization as well as about soil and life cycles!

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From left to right: 1. students learn how to start and maintain the worm farm.  2. The inside of our worm farm.   3. One of our students showing the type of worms used in the worm farm.                                                                            Photos by Brooke LaPorta

Interested in starting your own worm farm or for more information check out the web site below!

https://www.pubs.ext.vt.edu/content/dam/pubs_ext_vt_edu/442/442-005/442-005_pdf.pdf

 

 

 

 

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One thought on “What is Worm Composting and why are we doing it at Quander Road School?

  1. What an awesome way to expose and educate students about gardening. We are extremely proud of the work our students and staff are doing. Creating a healthy garden requires planning, research and team work! What a beautiful way to bring all three together! I love what I see.

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