BALLARAT Health Services (BHS) and a local worm farm have teamed up to ensure food scraps generated at the Base Hospital and at the Queen Elizabeth Centre (QEC) go full circle. Davo’s Worm Farms at Broomfield, near Creswick, makes regular daily collections of waste food from the Base Hospital Cafeteria and the QEC kitchen. The food scraps are used as worm food at Davo’s farm. The worms then produce compost and worm juice from the scraps. Some of the compost generated is returned to BHS, for use on the vegetable patch at the Geoffrey Cutter Centre in Ballarat East. Manager Environmental Services, Don Colbert, 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.” BHS has been involved with sending food to worm farms for nineteen years; the last three has been to Davo’s. Activities Coordinator at Geoffrey Cutter Centre, 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 for the residents. The addition of worm compost has really added to the residents’ enjoyment of the garden because they can see a bigger crop at the end of the season.”
Ashley Davidson from Davo’s Worm Farm said his father had started the business about ten years ago, mainly for his own health and also the health of his farm.
“We own 100 acres at Broomfield and dad wanted to go more organic without actually being organic, so we use the compost to spread over our property and its also more beneficial to the cattle and horses we have out there,” he said. “The compost is really good for improving the pasture and we now run more animals per head on our property than what we used to before the addition of this fertilizer.”