Worms are cool with kids
They may be wriggly, squirmy and a little bit slimy. But Rosie Petersen thinks worms are cool.
The eight-year-old is part of the Believe in Nature team managing a new worm farm at Owairaka School.
Donated by Mercury Energy, the farm was officially opened on World Environment Day this month in a ceremony featuring songs, guest speakers and a choreographed worm dance.
Rosie is looking forward to seeing how the worm farm works.
“We’re going to learn about how worms eat, how they move and what they do. Everyone should have a worm farm as long as they remember to feed them because it is a good way to help our environment.”
Owairaka is one of 10 Auckland schools involved in Mercury Energy’s worm farm project.
The aim is to raise children’s environmental awareness by reducing waste produced by schools.
About 40,000 worms will work in the Owairaka worm farm to reduce the amount of school waste sent to landfill by up to 50 percent.
The worm farm will recycle 350kg of paper and organic waste a month, converting scraps into an organic fertiliser called worm tea. The fertiliser will be used on the butterfly gardens and Maori medicinal herbs at the school.
Principal Diana Tregoweth says pupils are excited by the project.
“Owairaka is an enviro-school so we are always looking for opportunities to help children to understand sustainable practices. The worm farm is fantastic because it is a living recycling lesson that students can share with their families.”
Mercury Energy retail operations manager Richard De Luca says worm farms promote lifelong sustainable habits.
“Not only do they encourage students to think about their role in caring for the environment, they provide an outcome that benefits the entire community. We are excited to work with Owairaka to inspire the next generation of green champions.”
Pupil Gabriel Cooper, 8, is also part of the Believe in Nature team. She says people need to be more interested in worms.
“Worms are slimy, wriggly and full of excitement and they have got things we need to learn about them.”
Wiggly worms: Owairaka School pupil Rosie Petersen, 8, with some of the worms in the school’s new worm farm donated by Mercury Energy.