Worm farm on the cards

2019-09-17 06:00
Dog poop worm farming serves to keep the environment clean and provide nutrient-rich compost to grow green gardens.

Dog poop worm farming serves to keep the environment clean and provide nutrient-rich compost to grow green gardens.

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Scoop the poop, feed the worms, use the compost – and don’t forget to use your litter for good.

Scarborough Environmental Group’s launch of its bio-dynamic centre to assist nature conservation through the creation of rain-water harvesting, composting through worm farming and recycling has inspired a Fish Hoek resident to start a fundraising campaign to implement the same concept in Clovelly and Glencairn.

Kylie Wilford believes worm farming can go a long way to addressing two problems in these areas: litter and dog poo.

Wilford says beaches in the “Deep South” are known for being dog-friendly. But this is under threat because too many people aren’t cleaning up after their furry friends. Some beaches are considering banning dogs, should pet owners continue to disregard their responsibility to clean up after their animals.

To prevent this from happening and, more importantly, to promote conservation, Wilford is looking to raise R1 700 to start a worm farm.

By turning dog excrement into compost, the worm farms are instrumental in creating green spaces. Not only does it provide compost to support these initiatives, but it also eradicates the prevalence of dog faeces in public areas.

Faeces thrown away in regular bins usually end up in landfills where it emits harmful gasses. “There are earthworms in these bins. They eat the poop and turn it into compost which we can then donate to community initiatives,” explains Wilford.

The plan is to provide compostable bags for dog walkers to put their dog’s poo in.

“The earthworms can digest these bags,” she adds.

She also says there is a great need for eco-bricks. Micro-plastics can be used to create eco-bricks to build homes. Angel’s Resource Centre’s E-Zone on Fish Hoek Main Road need eco-bricks for a house-building project. She would like to assist.

The City of Cape Town’s coastal management manager, Gregg Oelofse, and Aimee Kuhl, councillor for ward 64, have expressed their support for the project. They have given the go-ahead for the setup of a worm farm near the lighthouse at Clovelly beach as well as in front of Gabiens on Glencairn Beach.

Volunteers and financial contributions are required. “Volunteers are needed to help manage the worm farms. The compost needs to be emptied and the eco-bricks need to be collected,” Wilford says.

Donation jars for Glencairn beach have been placed at The Glencairn Hotel, Blended, Dixies, Omcnallys, Glencairn Vet and Glencairn Spar. For Clovelly beach, jars have been placed at Fishhoek Vet, Tropical Paradise Pet Shop, Cyril’s and Uncanni on Main Road.

“A huge thank you to all these businesses for their support,” she says.

A fundraiser will be held at Glencairn Hotel on Sunday 29 September.

V To assist, donate or for more information, contact Kylie on kyliewilford@gmail.com or on the Clovelly Eco Group Facebook page.

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