Sunday, February 22, 2009

Melville Intermediate - Worm Farm

Arahia, Caitlyn, Rachana and Janice went to see the Worm Farm at Melville Intermediate School. The worms that we have like to eat paper and fruit skins but not orange skins because they have cirtrus in the skin. The worms live in big bath tubs in the Biology Gardens. The worms have to be moved from tub to tub depending on their size. The worms have to fed everyday.

In the worm farms there are earth worms and tiger worms, We had to move the worms and this allowed us to get better pictures and see the worms. We found some information on the worms by looking on the internet. Tiger worms can live to between 4 and a 1/2 and five years. At our school are fed apples, carrots, bread, paper, banana's, vegetables, tea bags and coffee grounds. We learnt that tiger worms cannot compost egg shells.

At our school each classroom has a worm bucket and after lunch the monitors come around to each class to collect the worm food then take it away and feed the worms.


  1. Hi Room 8,
    I like the look of your blog and the work you have posted so far. You must be working very hard. We have a worm farm too with a bucket in our classes to collect foodscraps for them. I didn't know worms didn't like oranges. Well, keep up the great work and we will keep visiting your blog to see what other great things you are up to.
    Miss Lavakula and Room 10 @ Pt England School, Auckland
    ps. thank you for posting comments on our blog already too

  2. Hi Room 8,

    We have a worm farm as well at Panmure Bridge School, and teachers and children have been told not to feed the worm citrus. Just out of interest: Who feeds the worms over the school holidays? Do they get enough food during term time to keep them going?

    Thanks for commenting on our blog site.

    From Miss Paton and Room 3

  3. We are an Enviroschool this year and, even though we haven't started yet, I think we will have a worm farm too! Will you have any spare worms for us? If not can you tell us the best place to dig for them?

    Room 9 and Mr F

  4. I am a fourth grade teacher in Beaufort, South Carolina and we just started composting with worms in our classroom. The kids keep saying it is "stinky" but I am trying to get them to say "earthy" instead :)

    Based on what I read I probably need to back off the orange peels a bit - we tend to get those a lot at lunch.

    Nice blog. Please feel free to visit ours at We have an international moon phase questions we would love to get folks posting to.

    (love the dog licking widget...gave me a laugh this morning).

    Mrs. Heaton
    Mossy Oaks Elementary School
    Beaufort, South Carolina

  5. I am happy that you responded and can't wait to hear your moon results. I added your school to our blog roll. I have never been to the North Island of New Zealand before (I had to look up your location on Google). I have been to Christchurch several times, as I was with the United States Antarctica program and we left out of Christchurch. New Zeland is a beautiful country.

    Mrs. Heaton
    Mossy Oaks Elementary School