Become a worm farmer!

Want to give more life to your garden and to the planet? One way to recycle our food waste is to make a worm farm. Composting worms will turn your old food into healthy soil that can  then be used to grow more food. By using worm fertiliser there is no need to buy chemical ones which can be bad for the environment.

1.Find a polystyrene box with a lid that sits  securely on top. Ask at your local fruit and veg store if they have any used broccoli boxes that you can have.

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2. Use a pen or pencil to put holes about 8cm apart. This allows air into your worm farm but won’t let the rain in.

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3.  Tear newspaper into strips and put it in a bucket and wet it with water. Once the newspaper is wet, tip out the water and put the wet newspaper in your box. You want the paper to be wet but not dripping.

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4. Add your worms. Make sure you buy ‘red worms’ or ‘composting worms’ as they are not the same as earthworms.

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5. Place the lid on your farm and keep it in a shaded place. Let your worms settle into their new home for a month before you start feeding them food scraps. They will begin to eat  the newspaper so will not be short of food.

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Happy worm farming!

Bonnie Wykman

Yearning for nature: Is there respect?

In Australia’s cities, it’s so easy to spend days or weeks without really connecting with the natural environment. Not only that, but how many of us actually know how the ecosystem works, or where our place in it is? Even in rural areas, it could be said that we dominate the land without really living with it.

Over time we’ve lost a vital connection to the earth and the natural system with which we once lived. Rev Dr Geoff Lilburne has a passion for theology of the land and has published works in the areas of contextual and eco theology. Geoff said that while we place a lot of importance on our history – or timelines – we also should be thinking about the space that we exist in.

“In our western tradition we have tended to think time and history are important, but we haven’t tended to think of ‘space’ or ‘place’ as important,” he said.

He continued, saying that it is important for churches to develop a sense of place by living locally and taking care of the spaces that we inhabit.

Part of thinking about this local space  means looking into how we consume our food. While the food we eat is possibly one of the most direct ways we interact with our natural environment, many of us have no real sense of where it has come from and the work and resources that have gone into producing it. We may rationally know that our beef is dead cow or  that our apple has grown on a tree, but for most of us, our minds simply don’t comprehend what that actually means for the producers, the economy and the planet. Continue Reading