We recently attended a FREE workshop hosted by City of Ryde about Worm Farming and composting. It was INSPIRATIONAL, to say the least, and presenter Peter Rutherford of Kimbriki Eco House and Garden was absolutely brilliant. We discovered that worm farming and composting aren’t just for the greenies and those with a huge garden, they’re for anyone who has a little time to make a big difference!
Worm farming and composting aren’t just for the greenies and those with a huge garden, they’re for anyone who has a little time to make a big difference!
The City of Ryde has been running this particular workshop for at least the last 5 years if not more, and the next one is Saturday 2nd of November – see here for details. Attendees who are City of Ryde residents will be provided with a 50% discount voucher to purchase a compost bin or worm farm.
At the workshop, we were surprised to learn the following about composting and worm farming:
- they’re super easy to set up
- they’re cheap to set up (especially with the City of Ryde 50% discount on equipment for workshop attendees)
- they take up hardly any room at all
- worm farms don’t even require a backyard
- takes about 10 minutes of tending per week
- reduces toxic methane gas pollution
- teaches children how to care for the environment
- helps to reduce your rubbish output by up to 50%
- creates nutrient-rich fertiliser for your plants and soils
- they really are for everyone – promise!
After the workshop, we ordered all the equipment required to start our own worm farm.
We learned so much at the workshop, and as a result, have ordered all the equipment required to start our own worm farm. What we learned in the 2 hours with Peter can be quite neatly summarised into the two videos below.
The Habitat Community Garden
The workshop was held at The Habitat (249 Quarry Road, Ryde), which is a beautiful community garden that specialises in growing plants native to the Ryde area. Open on Wednesdays and Saturdays for drop-ins, you can get involved by growing produce and sharing in the harvest, weeding, planting and general maintenance. You can also bring your scraps to add to their compost bins, which they use to fertilise their garden. Not to mention they sell native plants at wholesale prices. As a cherry on top, The Habitat is home to a sweet little playground that kids will love. It’s a great morning out.
The City of Ryde Waste Department hosts all manner of workshops, talks and tours for Ryde residents – click here to read more.
This is a sponsored article but the words and thoughts are a genuine reflection of our experience.