Together, the grades have learnt how their giving of food scraps for the worms to eat will result in the worms giving back to them. What Rosina refers to as “black gold” and “yellow gold” – forms of rich, organic fertiliser, will in turn be used by the students to give back to their school: either to fertilise the school’s garden or to be sold at the local shop. On top, the worms themselves (once substantiated), can be used in the Green school’s aquaponics, be fed to the Bali Starling or sold for fishing purposes.
Yet this project does not stop here. Grade 1 and 2 are quick to share the pieces of information and quirky facts that they have learnt along the way, their enthusiasm fuelled by Rosina’s storytelling, book reading, and general love for these creatures.
They will tell you that one of the world’s largest worms is over one metre long and found in Australia. That you can overfeed worms. That worms do not like light. That worms are not actually slimy. That worms are not the same from both ends, although they might look it. And that earth worms do not belong in a worm farm. Ever.
by Helena Brecht