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A dirty thumbs-up for compost week

Dave Perez promoting compost at Cabarita Beach Sports Club.
Dave Perez promoting compost at Cabarita Beach Sports Club. John Gass

KEEN for free soil that reduces waste and is great for your garden?

Then get involved in Compost Awareness Week.

Adults are invited to join a composting workshop where they can learn four different ways of composting while some Murwillumbah students will be composting in their schools.

For Dave Perez, the Cabarita Beach Sports Club ground manager, Compost Awareness Week is about reducing the land fill and educating people how to grow their own food.

Mr Perez said the public were very interested in composting.

"We get people come around the club all the time asking how to do composting," he said.

Participants will learn how to make a worm farm, how to build a thermal compost pile, Bokashi composting and how to make compost tea to spray the grounds without having to add soil.

"Compost tea" is the name given to the liquid where the compost nutrients are brewed in water, added food and sprayed on the garden.

Mr Perez said he hoped to inspire people to compost their soils and grow more nutrients in their own home.

"If there are no nutrients in the soil, it can't be in the fruit," he said.

Murwillumbah Public School and Crystal Creek Public School students will be composting next week, as they do every other week with a few extra activities planned for he special week.

For Murwillumbah Public School teacher Gemma Rawson, who is in charge of environmental education, compost is important for reducing waste and our environmental footprint.

Crystal Creek Public School principal Brad Davies said the school dedicated the whole east side of the school for sustainable living.

Mr Davies said that as part of their weekly activities, students will feed the school's 18 chickens with the organic waste of their green bins, and throw the waste of the chook pens in the garden.

"It's an ongoing cycle and we want to teach the students to be contributing members of society to have a long and happy life," he said.

"We have a strong focus on healthy lifestyle, and that's all part for them to be able to look after themselves."

The composting workshop will be held on Wednesday, May 9, at 9:30am at Cabarita Beach Sports Club.

Topics:  compost, gardening, murwillumbah public school



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