Students in Mrs. McKenzie's kindergarten class at Silverthorne Elementary School were learning about worm composting last week from Kara Jenne.

The new health way: worms.

Worm composting is an excellent way to reduce the amount of garbage from your household as well as create a rich supply of compost.

Worm composting is an excellent way to reduce the amount of garbage from your household as well as create a rich supply of compost. Red wiggler worms love a dark moist environment, a moderate temperature, and vegetable peelings, fruit scraps, shredded paper, coffee grounds, or egg shells to eat. These perfect conditions can easily be created in your home – even your kitchen if you have an empty cupboard. The ‘worm bed’ can be made with a Rubbermaid bin with holes punched in the sides for air circulation. A moist environment is created with shredded newspaper and water. Their food is the compostable scraps from your kitchen. In this dark, quiet, moist environment, the worms create a beautiful rich compost soil that can be used to improve the quality of soil in your garden and flower pots.

Healthy Options for People and the Earth (HOPE) Society has received funding from the Regional District of Bulkley Nechako to hold worm composting and backyard composting workshops in Houston. If you would like to participate in either or both of these composting workshops, please phone Carlie at 250-845-7859.