A series of workshops on worm farms and composting is responding to growing community interest in keeping organic materials out of landfill.
Grampians Central West Waste and Resource Recovery Group taught children about worm farms at Haddon Community Learning Centre on Wednesday morning.
While worms captured the children's attention, the workshop provided a chance to encourage an interest in composting and gardening.
When people start composting they are amazed how much waste they are keeping out of their rubbish bins.La Vergne Lehmann
Grampians Central West Waste and Resource Recovery Group chief executive La Vergne Lehmann said educating children about positive practices in their early years helped set healthy habits later in life.
"Composting, getting out in the garden, learning about fresh fruit and veg and getting your hands dirty in the soil are healthy activities many of us have perhaps forgotten over the years," she said.
"There are so many good messages associated about health, nutritition, good soil and reduced waste."
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The Haddon Community Learning Centre worm farm for children workshop is part of a series of composting and worm farm workshops held in Ballarat and the region throughout May and June that kicked off during International Compost Awareness Week (May 5 to 11).
The launch of the week and the Grampians Compost-a-thon was held at the Grampians Grape Escape with ABC Gardening Australia host and International Compost Awareness Week ambassador Costa Georgiadis.
"We have seen a huge amount of interest," Ms Lehmann said.
"When people start composting they are amazed how much waste they are keeping out of their rubbish bins."
"Around 30 to 40 per cent of waste in landfill bins is food and organic waste. It is a good outcome if it doesn't go to landfill."