October 4, 2014
10 am – 1 pm
Join our compost production specialist Rick Carr for his introductory class to vermicomposting, a.k.a. worm composting. Vermicomposting uses specific types of earthworms to breakdown, digest, and transform organic material into a valuable plant amendment. But the worms can’t do it by themselves, a multitude of macro- and microorganisms aid the vermicomposting process. Unlike hot composting that occurs outside, vermicomposting occurs at room temperature so it can be accomplished in-doors, all year round.
As part of the registration fee, the Rodale Institute will provide worms to all participants who will build their own bins during the class to take home and start vermicomposting immediately.
Participants will learn:
- Earthworm biology and vermicompost microbiology.
- How to build a worm bin.
- How to feed and maintain a worm population.
- How to identify and troubleshoot common vermicomposting issues.
- How to harvest vermicompost and apply the material as a soil amendment.
Join Rick as he presents the basics of vermicomposting: from earthworm biology to bin building to using the finished material as a soil amendment for plant growth. Rick will introduce basic earthworm biology and vermicompost microbiology and you will quickly learn that there is an entire ecosystem in each worm bin. Participants will then build their own bins to take home and start vermicomposting. Participants will also learn the dos and don’ts of feeding and how to identify and troubleshoot problems has they arise. Finally, information will be provided that outlines the basics of harvesting and using finished vermicompost in plant production systems.
Areas to be covered:
- Earthworm biology and vermicompost microbiology
- Bin building
- Worm feeding and maintaining a worm population
- Vermicompost use and application
Instructor: Rick Carr