When Eltham North Primary School contacted Brendan Lynch (Managing Director, aquaBUBBLER) to tell him how they managed to take aquaBUBBLER’s environmentally sustainable philosophy one step further, he was thrilled!
Eltham North Primary School had invested in five new aquaBUBBLER drinking fountains to replace their outdated water troughs.
Around the time that the old troughs were being removed, Jo Harwood—Eltham North Primary School’s Sustainable Schools Coordinator—was facing some challenges with the school’s considerable compost projects. How to fix issues with vinegar flies, rodents and general compost odour?
A quiet word with the school’s maintenance manager saw the troughs quickly plucked from the rubbish, and in less than a week they had been converted into a 10-metre long worm farm.
Twelve months later, the worm farm remains rodent, fly and odour-free. But even better, the vermiculture and liquid fertiliser it produces provide a much needed boost to the school’s rambling gardens.
“We’re located in Nillumbik,” explains Jo, “which is a Wurundjeri word meaning shallow earth. Historically it’s been really hard to grow anything in the poor soil here, so the rich, organic output from the worm farm is just what we need.”