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March 5, 2012


Worm whimsy. Students of St. Alfred's Catholic School, Ella Piskorz (left),
Paulo Pereira (centre), and Odin Sznakowski (right) have no fear
as they get acquainted with their squirmy new classmates, part of
the vermiculture program funded by TD Friends of the Environment
Foundation. Supplied photo

Wormy lesson for students

Article by: Elora Crawford

Young students at St. Alfred Catholic School learned a squirmy lesson in composting while welcoming their new friends — Red Wiggler worms — into the classroom. Composting bins containing worms were installed in each classroom of the Mississauga school on Feb. 28 as part of a program funded by TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.

“Seeing projects that engage youth in their local environment is always exciting and it’s encouraging to see students excited about reducing waste in their schools,” said Mary Desjardins, executive director of the Foundation.

The vermicomposting process uses worms to digest waste such as food scraps. The end product, known as worm castings, is an excellent fertilizer for soil and will be harvested by the students for gardens and planters. Students plan to use this soil to plant trees on the school grounds this spring.

“This project gives our students hands-on opportunities to learn invaluable lessons on composting and being good stewards of our environment through responsible management of resources,” said school principal Deanna Tucciarone.

Cathy Nesbitt, founder of Cathy’s Crawly Composters, an environmental business which specializes in vermicomposting, hosted workshops at the school to teach students about the process. Nesbitt says St. Alfred is one of a growing number of schools using worms to teach students about composting and waste diversion.

“Vermicomposting is a highly effective solution to the problem of organic waste because it allows worms to do what they do: turn garbage into precious fertilizer,” said Nesbitt. “With the introduction of municipal green bin and compost bin programs, people are becoming more knowledgeable about how to reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfills. As a result, worms will continue to play an increasing role in how we interact with our environment.”


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