The worm farms can receive 2kgs of fresh food waste each day which is converted into nutrient-filled fertiliser by the worms which is used on the collection of potted trees and plants around the market. Worm farms are one of the best ways to provide rich fertiliser that is sustainable, cheap, low maintenance and environmentally friendly.
Citywide has been working with Queen Victoria Market for over 10 years, and recently secured an extension to service the iconic Melbourne destination for another 2 years. The 5 farms each have their own lock and key that are managed by vendors, with each vendor responsible for filling them with organic waste and collecting the resulting nutrient-rich liquid fertiliser to distribute to surrounding plants. The worms enjoy fruit and vegetable scraps, tea leaves and coffee grounds, egg shells and shredded, moist cardboard and paper, but not citrus fruits or meat and dairy – Lucky for them there is no shortage of scraps around the market for them to feast on.
Visible to all who wander through the market, the worm farms also aim to promote environmental sustainability to the wider public. Cheap, odourless and requiring very little maintenance, worm farms are an easy and useful addition to any home. Even the smallest homes can benefit from reducing the amount of waste that goes to landfill by turning a percentage of their food waste into fertiliser that can further help the surrounding environment.