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Students get dirt on worms

Thursday, 8th July, 2010

* Brendon Price shows University of NSW students around the worm farm yesterday. * Brendon Price shows University of NSW students around the worm farm yesterday.

Worms and sustainable living were the hot topic yesterday when University of NSW students visited Australia Vermiculture.

Twenty-two students and four staff members visited the site yesterday which is the country's largest worm farm.
Post and undergraduate students were shown how the farm works by Vermiculture's owner, Brendon Price, and how waste from all parts of the country is brought into town and turned into healthy soil.
Louise Fowler-Smith, an artist, senior lecturer and director of Imaging the Land International Research Institute (ILIRI) from Uni NSW's College of Fine Arts, said the course was a "multi-disiplined one."
"The aim of the course is to promote new ways of perceiving the land so that people start to change the way they live," Ms Fowler-Smith said.
"It's very experimental."
Students from Design, Fine Arts, Science, Engineering and Architecture faculties took part in the trip.
Ms Fowler-Smith said that the course looks at new ways of creating beauty that doesn't use "so much water," along with looking at alternative architecture and  energy.
She said that a lot of people in Broken Hill wanted old English gardens with roses and lawns, but this wasn't the place for it.
BH Art Exchange founder Susan Thomas praised the University for coming to Broken Hill for the trip.
"In terms of having links to the university, it potentially offers educational opportunities, tourism opportunities and information about environmental sustainability," Ms Thomas said.
She said that the Art Exchange had long been in a partnership with the University of NSW College of Fine Arts and the ILIRI research initiative.
It's the second time University students have made the trip
Next week they will be stationed at Fowlers Gap which where Ms Fowler-Smith has established a 'Creative Laboratory' for artists, scientists, architects and people concerned with the environment.
Ms Fowler-Smith will give a talk at the Palace Hotel tonight at 7:30 for people interested in environmental sustainability.



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