Charles Elementary School

701 Menchville Road · Newport News, VA 23602 · Phone: (757) 886-7750 · Fax: (757) 988-1673

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Can-o-WormsAbout the Can-O-Worms

The Can-O-Worms is a worm composting system. Stacked ring-upon-ring, each section of this worm condo can house thousands of worms for composting year round. The Courtyard committee bought 2000 worms to live in the can. The worms are eating fruit and vegetable scraps from the cafeteria and creating great compost.

Fascinating Facts About Worms

  • The management and breeding of worms is known as vermiculture.
  • Worms are one of nature's ultimate recyclers.
  • They can live for a long time (15 years or more!)
  • Their eggs can survive dry and harsh conditions for long periods of time.
  • They can be used to recycle organic waste from your kitchen into valuable fertilizer.
  • They increase the level of essential microbial activity in the soil.
  • They can consume their own body weight in food every day.
  • They double in population every 2-3 months, in ideal conditions.

Information from Abundant Earth.

Click on the part of the courtyard map you would like to learn more about.   Enjoy your visit to our courtyard!

Courtyard map

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