Understanding the importance of sustainable practices is critical for everyone - from kids in childcare to school students to CEO’s.

Wormlovers has a range of services for schools, from a classroom incursion to a school-wide organic waste solution. 
We have also developed teacher-lead classroom activities for primary years aligned to the Australian Curriculum, which you can access below for FREE.

Schoolyard package

School worm farm incursion

Hands on demonstration setting up a worm farm

Hungry Bin worm farm

2000 worms and bedding

Student 'Green Team' worm care instruction booklet

Staff instruction and maintenance documentation

Wormlovers help line support

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Whole school

Whole school solution

School waste audit

Design and installation of Hungry Bin multi-bin worm farm system

Workshops for staff and students

Student 'Green Team' worm care instruction booklet

Unlimited Wormlovers phone and email support

Optional quarterly maintenance and service report

Optional wicking garden beds using worm outputs

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How many Hungry Bins will our school need?

One Hungry Bin will process lunch scraps for around 25 people.  Your school may have one worm farm in a classroom, or a whole school system.

How much space will the worm farms need?

Each Hungry Bin has a footprint of 600 mm wide and 700 deep.  They are on wheels, and can be put in a row or dotted around the school.

Where should the worm farms be placed?

The worm farms can be put anywhere that is not in the direct sun.  They are neat and clean, so can be put inside and love somewhere that is a relatively consistent temperature.

The south side of a building, a covered carpark or shed, or under a large very shady tree are all good positions. Check that the site is shady all day and all year as the angle of the sun changes.

Will the bins smell or attract rodents?

No, a properly manage worm farm should never smell. The Hungry Bin has a secure lid and is rodent proof.

How long will it take to process the food waste?

The bins will handle up to 2 kg food-waste per day when running at maximum efficiency. The food waste can take some months to turn into castings depending on a number of factors - volumes input, temperature, time of the year - but you will have worm juice coming through the bin regularly. 

What are the main things to consider in maintaining a worm farm successfully?

Have a look at our general FAQs page for a lot of great information on how to manage your worm farm.

The key tips are not to overfeed or underfeed worms, keep them cool and add at least as much paper products (browns) as food scraps (greens). There are foods the worms don't like like citrus and onion, you will receive a booklet with all the details and can access our FAQs page any time.

If there is a heatwave add a frozen plastic bottle of water to keep worms cool.

What will the worm farms produce and how do we use them in the school?

Worm farms produce up to a litre a week of nutrient rich worm juice, as well as a tray of worm castings every 3-6 months. Both liquid and solid outputs are valuable soil conditioners that can be used in school gardens to improve soil health and increase plant yields and health

How do we manage the worm farms and how often do we need to empty classroom caddies?

It is best to nominate a member of staff to oversee the management of the worm farms. We recommend a roster of students learn how to empty the classroom caddies into the worm farms two to three times a week, and to add paper as part of that task.

What do we do with the worm farms during holidays?

The bins can be stocked up with thick newspaper and solid foods such as pumpkin or cabbage to see the worms through the break.

The main concern is heat during the summer break - move the worm farms to the coolest area possible, and if there is a heatwave enlist a nearby parent to check on the worms.

If there is any concern they won't survive the break the Hungry Bins can be removed offsite or emptied into compost heap and restarted after the holidays.

PRIMARY YEARS CURRICULUM

Each downloadable activity includes:

- teachers notes

- codes for and links to relevant Australian Curriculum

- printable worksheets and activity materials

- identifies which of the videos should be viewed as part of the activity

 

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VIDEO RESOURCES

FOUNDATION

YEAR 1-2

YEAR 3-4

YEAR 5-6