Building a Re-purposed Worm farm – with Jennie Upton

Jennie Upton is passionate about re-purposing – the practice of creating things we want out of things we no longer want. Its a great way to divert materials from being landfilled – and its also cheap and fun!

In early November 2014, with members of the Sustainable Action Community Groups,  Jennie and I organised a Re-purposed Worm Farm Making Workshop out at the Green Island Landfill. Together the volunteers built eight worm farms from a variety of unwanted items – many very different and creative – as well as easy to make. The worm farms remained on display for a month at the new Rummage Upcycle Garden at the Green Island Landfill before they went to homes in the community such as schools and community gardens.

Jennie is the Education and Promotion Officer for the Solid Waste Team at the Dunedin City Council. Along with staff at Rummage, she has developed the Upcycle Garden, an area where re-purposed items are on display to inspire the public. As well as being passionate about waste minimisation at work and at home, Jennie is also the Otago Regional Coordinator for Enviroschools.

In this programme, Jennie joined me to chat about how we can make our own worm farms from re-purposed materials – from every day things that we no longer want.

To listen to this programme about Making Re-purposed Worm Farms please click on http://new.accessradio.org/Player.aspx?eid=e58dc851-0b0d-46aa-8696-46407b834187

For more information on re-purposing and re-using at Rummage, you can contact Jennie at Jennie.Upton@dcc.govt.nz

This programme was originally broadcast on  the  27th November 2014 with the help of Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Hosted by Maureen Howard, Eco Living in Action is supported by the Dunedin City Council.

Sustainable Action Community volunteers, along with Jennie Upton, myself and ?? Team Leader at Rummage.

Some of the Sustainable Action Community volunteers with their worm farm creations at the Re-purposed Worm Farm activity. Jennie Upton is third from the right.

A lot of fun was had decorating the worm farms!

A lot of fun was had decorating the worm farms!

Jennie loads up the van to take the worm farms to their new homes.

Jennie and I load up the van to take the worm farms to their new homes.

The bath worm farm finds a new home at Brockville Community Gardens.

The bath worm farm finds a new home at Brockville Community Gardens.

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