Going to the Worms (in a good way)

May 19, 2010 at 5:28 pm Leave a comment

Read about Fernbank Museum’s Worm Composting Project

Since 2007 Fernbank Museum environmental educators have collected fruit and vegetable scraps from employees to use in on site vermicomposting efforts. A collection bin placed in the employee break room is used to collect food waste such as coffee grounds/filters, fruit peels, newspaper, apple cores, etc. This material is then transferred into one of three outdoor worm bins containing red wiggler earthworms (Eisenia foetida) that consume the waste and leave behind nutrient rich worm castings (“compost”) than can be used to fertilize plants used by the Museum.

This process removes numerous pounds of garbage from the waste stream, thus sending less waste to already overfilled landfills across Georgia. Museum educators have also started worm composting efforts at numerous elementary, middle, and high schools in metro-Atlanta through the UrbanWatch Atlanta program. For more information, find us online.

Eli Dickerson, Environmental Education Programs Manager

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At Fernbank Museum, there’s much more than dinosaurs and giant-screen films. Even with our website, e-newsletters, Facebook pages and Twitter updates, there’s still a lot we’d like to share with you. This blog is an opportunity for the people that keep Fernbank running and constantly expanding, to share stories from their point of view. We hope you’ll enjoy these first-hand, behind-the-scenes glimpses of what goes into keeping a world-class natural history museum running. As always, we’d love to hear your feedback on these stories, to hear your personal experiences and hear any suggestions for topics. Happy reading!

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