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Sustainability Workshops

Council offers free workshops for schools. Workshops on offer are listed below.

The 2016 workshops are now CLOSED. Check back later for 2017 workshop information.

Workshop evaluation

Once you’ve completed your workshop, please complete the evaluation form below. Completed evaluation forms are sent to Council's Sustainability Engagement Officer at emilyw@lmc.nsw.gov.au or by post to Sustainability Engagement Officer, PO Box 45, Leichhardt NSW 2040.

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Workshop topics

wormfarming-worm-widget.jpg1. Worm Farming

  • Why are worms so important to us?
  • Make a home for the worms - see and hold a worm
  • What other little creatures share a worm’s home?
  • What do worms eat? How do worms eat?
  • How do worms have babies? How many babies can a worm have?

food-leftovers-140-852. Composting

  • Why make compost?
  • What is compost?
  • Why our food scraps are so valuable
  • How do our food scraps make compost?
  • What little creatures make their home in compost?
  • What can you do with compost?

Recycling3. Reuse, Recycle & Avoid and No-Waste Lunches

  • Students have a recycling race
  • What packaging can we avoid buying?
  • What about plastic food wrapping?
  • Students are challenged to wrap awkward foods, e.g. grapes and wraps which they can then eat
  • Students practice wrapping using paper and string; paper bags; greaseproof papers; backing paper and elastic bands
  • A copy of the notes will be provided to show parents how to supply no-waste lunches
  • What is an opportunity shop?

Green Feet thumb4. Non-Toxic Body Care

  • What are we putting on our skin?
  • What is actually in those personal care products?
  • What chemicals are used around us?
  • How do body care products affect our health?
  • What are bacteria?
  • Make and take home non-toxic body care ‘potions’ and cleaning creams to help clean the house

School Programs Thumb5. All About Seeds

  • What is in a seed?
  • How to sprout seeds, a living food
  • Tasting sprouting seeds
  • Planting seeds and seedlings
  • Make a small kitchen garden in a polystyrene box

vertical-garden-widget6. No-Dig Gardening

  • Set up a small no-dig garden
  • Why grow organic vegetables?
  • No-dig gardens do not require you to have good quality soil
  • No need to maintain it, nature does it for you
  • The easiest way to grow your own herbs and vegetables
  • Puts life into your soil while growing herbs and vegetables
  • Easy to build in the smallest of places
  • Does not require you to be an expert in gardening
  • No-dig gardens are fun!
  • Why is mulch called a blanket?

Garden Grants7. Wicking Garden Beds

  • What is a wicking bed?
  • Build a wicking garden bed
  • No wasting water, this box garden uses between 40-50% less water than a conventional garden bed
  • How does a wicking bed water from the roots up?
  • Ideal for school gardens - when school holidays come around the herbs and vegetables will survive
  • Can be made to any scale

    marlborough-garden-widget-140-858. Investigating Soils

    • Growing our food, healthy soil is essential in order to grow the quantities of food that we require
    • Soil is part of our living system
    • How does healthy soil convert greenhouse gases to fresh air?
    • How can school and home organic waste be converted into precious compost?
    • Why are worms important to the soil system?
    • Why is it important to improve and protect the soil?
    • Soil testing - this is a fun activity where students learn how to measure the pH of soil
    • A copy of 'The Soils Play' - a fun way to learn what the soil is made of

    wormfarming-worm-widget.jpg9a. Restore Your Used Worm Farms

    • Why are worms so important to us?
    • Restore the worms' home
    • See and hold a worm
    • What other little creatures share a worm's home?
    • What do worms eat? How do worms eat?
    • How do worms have babies? How many babies can be in one worm capsule?

    food-leftovers-140-859b. Restore Your Used Compost Bin

    • What is compost?
    • Restore your compost bin
    • Why make compost?
    • Why are our food scraps so valuable?
    • How do our food scraps make compost?
    • What little creatures make their home in compost?
    • What can you do with compost?

    Leichhardt Council will supply a compost bin or worm farm. If your school has participated in a composting or worm farming school previously, please try and use the existing compost bin/worm farm. Keeping your compost/worm farm going throughout the year gives us confidence to know that what you learn at the workshop is put into action. It also helps save resources. Thank you for your assistance and we hope your school can participate.

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