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Basic information about what vermiculture is, how to start a worm bin in your home, some facts about the vermicuture business, worms in art, music, poetry and culture and websites

Basic information about what vermiculture is, how to start a worm bin in your home, some facts about the vermicuture business, worms in art, music, poetry and culture and websites

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  • Backyard with tons of cardboard aswormbait.
  • Burlap is also worm bait. I received burlap scraps from an artist who sews shoulder bags and wallets from burlap bags previously holding coffee beans. She gets them from area coffee houses and is thrilled to have another recycling use for the scraps!
  • Examples of bins to use at home. Each will have to be drilled near the top for airholes and also on the bottom for the worm tea to pass through. Either have one bin in another or something to collect the tea underneath the bin with the holes. Worm tea is also a great fertilizer.
  • Collect kitchen scraps for one week. Weigh them. For one pound of scraps, figure on 2 pounds of worms (appr. 2000).
  • Worms appeared in my yard to eat up the burlap right after the snow melted!
  • Worms attracted to cardboard in garden. Originally, garden held no worms so to see this number under one piece shows the success of using this bait!

Vermiculture Vermiculture Presentation Transcript

  • Vermiculture
    A Dark and Creepy Business Coming to Light!
  • Background
    Composting method throughout the year
    Production of organic fertilizer
    Aid to aerate garden soil
    Production of fish bait
  • Compost
    Special worms
    Redworms (Lumbricusrubellus)
    Red Wigglers (Eiseniafetida)
    Red Tiger (Eiseniaandrei)
    Nightcrawlers (Lumbricusterrestris)
    Also great fish bait
  • Worm Bins
    Types
    Commercial—often multi-layered
    Commercial—automated
    Homemade bins
    Coolers
    Styrofoam chests
    Old refrigerators
    Plastic storage bins
  • Worms
    How many will fit your needs
    What type(s) will thrive?
    Temperature fluctuations during year
    Depth of bin and bedding
    Feeding: compost or worm food?
    Ratio of compost to number of worms needed
  • Problems
    Improper bedding
    Unpalpable food
    Unsuitable temperatures
    Flies and other nasty visitors
    Worm deaths
    Odor
  • Commercial Home Ventures
    Sell worms themselves
    Composters and bait
    Sell castings
    Sell worm tea
    Partner with businesses to recycle
    Vermicomposter Consultant
    Partner with landscapers
  • Worms in Art, Music, Poetry and Cultural Practices
    Walt Whitman “This Compost”
    Pink Floyd “Waiting for the Worms”
    Cathedral “Enter the Worms”
    Theatre of Ice “Gone with the Worms”
    Use of worms as watercolor paintbrushes
    Worm Grunting
  • Worm Recipes
    Important and cheap source of protein
    Worm’n’Apple Cake
    Vermicelli with Earthworm Meatballs
    Chinese Worm Skillet Dish
    Earthworm Scramble
    Caramel Earthworm Brownies
    Earthworm Meatloaf
  • Vermiculture Websites
    Unco Industries: www.vermiculture.com
    Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm: www.unclejim.com
    Google search on “vermicultue”
  • Burlap and Desiccated Leaves
  • Styrofoam and Plastic Worm Bins
  • Kitchen Scrap Collection
  • Success!
  • Worms in garden