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April 2015

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Ashley Davidson of Davo’s Worm Farm and BHS environmental services manager Don Colbert with a load of food scraps.

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Geoffrey Cutter Centre activities co-ordinator Brian Pitman and resident Alwyn Arnold tend the vegetable patch.

Compost helps vegie garden get a wriggle on

Ballarat Health Services and a local worm farm have teamed up to ensure food scraps generated at the Ballarat Hospital and the Queen Elizabeth Centre go full circle.

Davo’s Worm Farms at Broomfield, near Creswick, makes regular daily collections of waste food from the hospital cafeteria and the QEC kitchen.

The food scraps are used as worm food at Davo’s farm.

Some of the compost generated is returned to BHS for use on the vegetable patch at the Geoffrey Cutter Centre in Ballarat East.

Environmental services assistant manager Shane Quinlan said the disposal of food scraps to a worm farm had benefits for everyone.

‘By sending our food scraps to the worm farm, we have actively diverted a significant amount of waste from going to landfill.

‘It also assists with our approach towards a sustainable environment.’

Geoffrey Cutter Centre activities co-ordinator Brian Pitman said the worm compost had improved the crop yield of the vegetable patch.

‘The worm compost was added to the garden during spring and this season we had a bumper crop of vegetables.

‘The lush crop really added to the residents’ enjoyment of the garden.’

‘We are very pleased to be able to contribute to the great work of BHS to help produce more nutritious food for residents as well as reducing greenhouse emissions,’ said Davo’s Worm Farms coowner Tony Davidson.