Everyday, we have some organic waste to be thrown away at our kindergarten. To minimize impact on the environment, we have in place a composting system – the worm farm. Our worm farm has been a great educational tool and has drawn a lot of interest from our children. They know what kind of organic wastes can go into the worm farm. At morning tea and lunch time, we put out specific containers on the kai mat for collecting organic wastes. Children are encouraged to ‘save’ the apple core or banana skin for the worms and put other unsuitable waste, such as citrus fruits, bread and plastic wrapping back into their lunch box.A poster showing the types of waste that should and should not go in a worm farm can be found at the kindy kitchen.

Also, Fran has bottled some worm tea to sell at a small price of 50 cents. Worm tea is an excellent plant food. You can find them in the market stall outside the office. The proceeds will be used to buy more seeds and plants for our kindy garden.

Do you know…
The teachers have attended a composting workshop recently, and we learnt about three different types of composting system: traditional composting, worm farming and bokashi systems. There are advantages and disadvantages to each system. We have brought a bokashi unit, which could be an effective solution to recycle our inorganic waste. For more ideas about composting, go online at www.createyourowneden.org.nz