After watching the Lorax with my boys, I felt inspired to share the importance of green living and the importance of caring for our environment with my children. In order to keep them interested in the lesson I was to teach them, I needed to ensure they could get their hands dirty and have some fun. I also wanted to ensure that the lesson was something to follow through with and not to be forgotten easily. Together we built a worm farm, steeling worms from Grandpas existing worm farm and building our own home for them using some of dad’s camping supplies from the garage!
“The word of the Lorax seems perfectly clear. Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – Dr. Seuss, The Lorax
Worm farming is a very compact, easy to maintain, no-smell way to compost your organic kitchen waste. We used a monkey proof rough tote box and drilled some holes in the bottom to ensure effective drainage of the precious “worm tea”. You can also buy ready-made worm farms, which are usually made of recycled plastic and include all the necessary materials for starting a productive worm farm.
If you’re wondering what the purpose of a worm farm is, consider your household’s waste is around 40% organic matter. All your fruit and vegetable scraps, food scraps, tea bags, coffee grounds, egg shells and egg cartons can be recycled by worms and turned into rich compost useful to your garden. By recycling your organic matter you effectively reduce the volume of rubbish sent to landfills and in effect reduce greenhouse gases which contribute to global warming.
If you’re making your own farm, the initial outlay for the farm isn’t much but you will have to buy your worms as you’re not likely to dig up the composting worms in your garden. With dark , moist living conditions and a good mix of dry (shredded paper, egg cartons, toilet roll cores, dust from sweeping or the vacuum cleaner) and wet waste (fruit and vegetable waste), your worms will thrive and breed. When they do, you can either develop more farms or get your kids to sell his/her excess worms as an entrepreneurial project. Visit wormfarm for information on buying worms and/or worm farms.
Once you have your worm farm up and running, collect all your organic matter in a separate container and encourage your little ones to feed the worms. You will be teaching them an invaluable lesson about helping the environment and in exchange getting a valuable product that you can give to your kids to help grow a little veggie patch or herb garden.
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I love vintage everything (clothes, glassware, furniture, jewelry) and hunting for these treasure. Flowers in tea cups or buckets or just flowers in general (peonies are my favourite). Taking pictures, looking at pictures or just looking at something that will make a beautiful picture. Baking beautiful things is how I like to treat my family and friends. -