A self-contained unit (in several different sizes) in which worms eat biodegradable waste. The process uses most types (70%) of food waste mixed with waste paper and cardboard (30%), and produces a soil end product (worm-castings) as well as worm-juice (worm tea); both extremely nutrient rich and excellent for use in gardens. Worm farms use 2 types of worms, generally either the tiger worm or the red worm.
250g of worms will go through around 200g of food. This is about a cup of food a day. The worms can eat their own body weight each day and as the population grows you will be able to feed them more.
Worms like to eat most fruit and vegetable scraps, but don't particularly like citrus, chili, garlic or onions. They like coffee grounds & tea bags, used paper, egg shells and will also take care of your dust from your vacuum cleaner & hair!
Be careful how much processed foods, flour based foods, such as bread, and cooked foods you give to your worms. They will handle a small amount but would prefer fresh foods.
Compost Collective - http://www.compostcollective.org.nz/worm-farming-3/
Claire Mummery - Organic Garden Specialist & Composting Guru
The Waiheke Resources Trust manages the Waiheke Compost Collective contract with Kristin Busher as our Waiheke facilitator. Kristin is passionate about sharing the benefits of composting.
"There are so many benefits to composting: Reduced waste to landfill, septic tank health using bokashi juice, and the beautiful, nutrient rich soil you create from food waste! Living sustainably is a journey we are all on and learning to compost is definitely a part of that journey."
The goal of the Compost Collective is to inform and engage as many people as possible about the benefits of composting and help people reduce their kerbside waste. We want to entertain, engage, empower and encourage the community to learn about smart gardening, food waste prevention and waste minimisation.