Last month the Queen Victoria Market unveiled 5 new worm farms as part of a collaborative initiative to reduce the markets impact on the environment. Sponsored by Citywide, the worm farms are located alongside the fresh fruit and vegetable section of the market.
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. When approached with the concept of the worm farms Operations Manager Talal Kassem was supportive and excited about the initiative, a great project to highlight our shared passion for sustainable and environmentally friendly projects.
“Our relationship with the customer is crucial to the successful running of this contract; we are always checking in and asking how we can best meet the needs of the Market, collaborating on service improvements and auditing procedures, and getting involved in great initiatives, like these worm farms. It’s a fantastic community feel at the market, and we are proud to be a part of that.”
Talal and the rest of the team welcomed the opportunity to continue a close working relationship with the market, and its vendors, while also assisting them in environmentally stable management and disposal of waste.
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.