Composting and worm farming in apartments 


Did you know that more than 35% of what we throw in our bins is food waste? Don’t let it go to landfill anymore! Learn how you can turn your food waste into nutrient rich soil that is like gold for the garden, with a focus on apartment living. Find out about the different composting and worm farming options that work in apartments and how much they cost, how much space and time you’ll need to make it work.
  • Richard Thomas from WormLovers will be talking about how to keep a worm farm in an apartment, what to feed the worms, what to do with what comes out of the worm farm, and more.
  • Local composting guru Dane Morrissey will go through the ins and outs of the various types of composting, what works best in different settings, community composting and more.
  • Local resident Penelope Lynch will be talking about Bokashi bins, how they work and how she makes them work for her in her small apartment.

There will be hands on demonstrations for all of these options, so you’ll get to see, touch and smell what they are really like. This will be followed by a Q&A with Richard, Dane and Brett Hedger from City of Port Phillip.

Bring a bottle and take home free samples of compost and worm juice, and go into the draw to win your own Bokashi bin or worm farm.

This talk will focus on living in apartments, small homes or with no garden, but you will be able to use all of these options in any type of home.

This talk is free but places are strictly limited and bookings are essential.

WHERE: Auditorium at St Kilda Town Hall, 99a Carlisle Street, St Kilda

WHEN: 6.30 - 8.30 pm on Wednesday 24 August




Previous events:


Growing and cooking with Australian bush foods - Wednesday 25 May

View Karen Sutherland's presentation about edible plants here 

Learn about native edible plants and how to grow them and use them in your cooking. You'll also take home a free local native plant of your own. Wemba Wemba Wergaia cultural guide Dean Stewart (of A-TAEM) will talk about how Indigenous people used local plants from around the Port Phillip area. Karen Sutherland, a Melbourne-based designer with 25 years of experience in edible gardening from Edible Eden Design, will focus on growing and using native foods in cooking, focusing on plants suitable for small balcony gardens. At the end you'll take home a free local native food plant from St Kilda Indigenous Nursery Cooperative (SKINC) to get your bush foods garden started. 

Zero waste living workshop - Wednesday 24 February and Wednesday 2 March

Erin Rhoads, aka The Rogue Ginger can fit her annual waste into a single jar - find out how she does it and learn her best homemade recipes for zero waste living, plus get the chance to make and take home your own products at this event.

Green roofs! - Wednesday 25 November 2015

This event was for those looking for ways to cool their home and reduce their energy use in summer, find new space for growing food or foliage and beautify your their and garden. Planting a green roof or wall can do all of these things for your home - but where do you start?

Rachael from Do it on the Roof, a local green roof and wall expert, talked about how to build one, what you can plant in it and the environmental benefits. She also gave information to get one started on your home and answered your green roof and wall questions.

We heard from local residents, Sonia and Amy, who have finished a green roof on their apartment building.  

On the night we offered a door prize to win a free mini rooftop pallet garden (worth $250)

We also gave all those who attended the opportunity to come on a tour of 38 Westbury St to see their green roof in person.

View a copy of the presentation from the event here


What is SCAN?

Overview: The Sustainability Community Action Network (SCAN) was established by the City Of Port Phillip in August 2012. The purpose of SCAN is to work with and assist community environmental organisations in City of Port Phillip to develop relationships with the community to facilitate action on climate change. The key objectives of SCAN are as follows:

  • To provide a forum for community leaders active in sustainability and environmental organisations to meet, socialise, share and showcase community sustainability projects.
  • To assist in the implementation of Sustainability programs and to propose ideas for new community and council sustainability projects.
  • To provide feedback on community environmental projects.
  • To promote Council and community sustainability projects and programs.
  • To assist individuals and environmental organisations to stay connected with the community and with Council and facilitate collaborative relationships to form across the community.
  • To assist in advocating action on the environment to both the Victorian and Australian Government.

To read about past events click here.