Divot-filling worm poop lands Alberta golf course national award

Vermicomposting is compost from worm poop and a southern Alberta golf course can’t get enough of it.

Worms can 'process' about 100 pounds of waste every day

Canmore Golf and Curling Club gets recognition for vermicomposting

2 years ago
Duration 1:08
How worm poop is improving the golf experience out in Canmore while winning an award and unearthing outside interest.

Vermicomposting is compost from worm poop and a southern Alberta golf course can't get enough of it.

The Canmore Golf & Curling Club launched its program about two years ago and it's starting to pay off.

"They're super attracted to it. They love eating it," club spokesperson Reid Solodan told CBC News.

He's talking about worms and their ability to process grass clippings, wood chips and food scraps.

Vermicomposting is nutrient-rich compost from worm poop. (Dave Gilson/CBC)

The end product can fill divots on the course and help flower beds thrive.

Solodan says it's easier than they thought and it cuts down on trips to the dump.

"I think sustainability, environmentally friendly, not giving our stuff away to other people to deal with," he said.

The program was the brainchild of a local gardening education guru and it's getting national attention. The Canadian Golf Superintendents Association gave it an environmental award earlier this year.

Christian Wright, who describes himself as an agro-preneur, says worm poop is the perfect plant food.

Christian Wright developed the program for the Canmore Golf & Curling Club about two years ago. (Dave Gilson/CBC)

"Now that we have it up and running, it's a good example of how we can create our own alternative solutions to problems we have in our communities."

He says the worms can process roughly 100 pounds (45 kilograms) of waste every day.

Solodan says they continue to improve the system and that it has generated some inquiries from other golf courses.

With files from Dave Gilson


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