Ready to Be a Worm Farmer? Three Worm Kits to Start you Off!

We’re happy to report the trend towards bulk and commercial composting continues to grow, which means that demand for composting equipment and products, like the red wiggler worms, are going to continue to expand. As the composting practice increases around the country, there is a good chance they there will be an increased need for red wiggler worms in your neck of the woods before too long. Get started on your worm farming now with any of these three pre-packaged worm kits.   Worm Farm Kit Looking for something bigger than a hobby?  Well then create your own worm farm!  The farm kit comes loaded with double the worms, double the bedding, and double the feed!  Well-beyond the capacity of the young, school-child.   This kit is intended for the aspiring tycoon, the striving mogul, and the motivated entrepreneur; plenty of worms to raise, plenty of learning to achieve, and plenty of space in the container for the worms to breed!  For those fearless individuals looking for more than a science project, round-up a farm kit and let your ambitions run wild!         Worm Ranch Kit The biggest bloat we have, our Ranch kit.  This doesn’t come in some dinky 6 inch tall container, but instead, an 11 inch deep, thunder tub!  Serious wormers only, because this tub is no joke; bloated with bedding and feed for 2,000 red wrigglers, enough room for maximum breeding, and plenty of space to stuff your table scraps to make a miniature …

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Upcoming Composting Classes Around the Country

Are you ready to learn how to compost? All over the US, there are courses and classes discussing the benefits and how-to’s of composting with red wiggler worms. Take a gender at the dates and locations below to see if there’s an event in your neighborhood coming up. Check back often for our current event posts about local composting classes so you can sign up to learn this eco-valuable practice to add to your daily routine. From the BainerdDispatch.com: Participants will receive a free tree. Activities include the arb’s Solar Demonstration Project; “Take a Bird Walk” with Judd Brink; or take a nature hike on the arboretum trails. There also will be composting classes featured at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Booths of information on Brainerd in Bloom, Emerald ash borer and other tree pests, Master Gardener and compost bins will be available and those attending may meet artist Darlene Stone. More information may be obtained by calling the arboretum at 829-8770. From TheNorthfieldnews.com site: SATURDAY, APRIL 30 — Earth Day Celebration: Cows, Colleges, and Compost • A family event with earth-friendly activities, parade, dancers, music, and local food and exhibitors. Noon to 4 p.m. at Bridge Square/Riverwalk. Zero waste and carbon-offset event. Participants encouraged to walk, bike or rollerblade to the event. Don’t see anything in your neighborhood? Check with your local events groups our Parks and Recreation department. Local nurseries and colleges also promote composting events throughout the year.  

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The Top Four Ecological Benefits of Composting Explained

With all the talk about composting and the posts telling you simply have to do it, here are four simple reasons that all that chatter has some real reasoning behind it. Rejuvenate Leached Soil Areas If you’ve ever tried to plant shrubs, veggies or flowers in an area of your yard and they simply always die, no matter the variety, there’s a good chance you’ve reached a portion of soil that has been leached of the nutrients normally found in soil. In lieu of leaving a section of your yard barren of green and color, apply some compost to the area and water in to kick-start the nutrient production for the area. The composting process enhances the production of bacteria and fungi that break down local organic material to make humus. It is this humus that drives up the nutrient level of the soil and helps it to retain moisture in case of drought. Reverse Soil Contamination Suppose you are rebuilding a home that has a fire. While it may take a while to return the soil to its original state, compost can help make the area livable faster by absorbing odors and treating the VOC’s, volatile organic compounds, that may have seeped into the ground during the blaze. Compost can also prevent these compounds from traveling to local plant life or water resources if it is applied quickly enough to the area. Prevent Pollution Not only does compost reduce the waste production of any region that employs the practice for …

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Learning to make use of Food Scraps for Compost

Colorado State University has installed an “Earth Flow” composting system onsite to channel their kitchen scraps to a compost heap to use in campus landscaping. In a recent article in the Colorodoan, “Colorado State University decided to install the com­poster on the campus to save money and reduce environ­mental impacts. The food scraps had previously been trucked about 50 miles one­way by a private vendor to a Denver-based commercial composting operation. Now, Johnson, who is an existing employee, drives the scraps a few miles west of the main CSU campus and loads them into the composter.” It seems apropos that universities like Colorado State are making composting a focus on campus. What better place to make compost practice part of the everyday routine than where our future generations are learning the skills they need to build their lives. Proximity to the practice on a daily basis will help engrave it into their daily routine. Are your local schools employing compost practices into their kitchen routine? It’s much easier than is thought and can be a money-saver over time. Oh yeah, it can help save the world, too..  

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Teach, the Children Well: Composting Education for Future Generations

While composting is definitely picking up steam as a household practice, it’s far from being the norm than the anomaly. That being said, to keep the momentum building, we need to turn to our next generation’s attention to compost as a part of their daily lives. The DailyIowan recently reported such a plan, by Scott Koepke, a native Iowan who handles a part-time schedule teaching students about the practice, joy and gooshy-wiggly goodness of composting. Read entire article here. It’s not hard to imagine getting most school-age kids interested in digging in dirt and playing with worms. Add to it playing with food, and you’ve just about elevated the action to kids idea of Nirvana. To teach your toddlers or school kids about composting, get a sturdy bin, layer it halfway with compost materials and worms, then go through the process from table to compost bin that you would normally follow. Let the kids scrape the plates into the compost caddy, dump it into two piles of greens or browns and layer it into the bin for the red wiggler worms to munch. While they’re following the motions, tell them the purpose of each step, how the worms make the compost, what the result will be and why it’s good for the planet. Kids live hand on learning, and composting is no exception to that rule. The lesson will stick with them a lot longer than just reiterating “We should compost to save the planet”. If we take the same …

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Earth Day Celebrated All Over the Web

Happy Earth Day! What are you doing to make your world a greener place? Well, on the World Wide Web, sites and search engines alike are showing their colors to support the movement to an ecologically-minded global community. According to Mashable.com: “Today, April 22, is the day when we celebrate our planet and its resources that should be preserved. In case you forgot, the web will remind you it’s Earth Day. As always, many popular websites are raising awareness about this day; this year Google is celebrating with an animated, interactive Doodle on its homepage and Yahoo also sports a cute animated logo in a similar vein. Ask.com, besides being dressed in an Earthy theme, offers the answers to some important questions about the environment.” “Besides featuring a special logo, Aol’s front page story brings some of the most amazing photos of the Earth taken from space, and Microsoft Bing regularly features some beautiful photos taken from all around the globe, and today is no exception.” Read the entire article here. Take a few minutes to search these holiday-related search engines to find Local Earth Day Events to attend. What you experience or learn could help you change one aspect of your lifestyle that could benefit the planet!  

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New Mexico Café’s Go Green

Albuquerque, NM kitchens and cafeterias are going green. According to a recent article from Newswise, local eatery, The Thunderbird café, has taken to composting their food waste. “The composting program began in March 2010 as a pilot to divert food preparation waste and leftovers from the regular waste stream that is sent to Rio Rancho’s landfill to a local business that recycles food waste into usable (and sell-able) compost. Except for a few initial burps, the program has been a success. “We had problems at first with getting non-compostables separated, but it’s gotten better over time,” café supervisor Steven Lassiter said. The composting program won Sandia’s 2011 Environmental Management Systems (EMS) Excellence Award for the Risk Mitigation/Environmental Protection category. “During the six-month pilot last year, the café diverted more than 15,000 pounds of wet food waste from going into the landfill,” said Sandia/New Mexico’s recycling coordinator Sam McCord. “Thanks to the cafeteria staff’s successful adoption of the composting process and the great results, the program has been fully adopted this year,” McCord said. Sandia soon will divert more than one-third of Thunderbird Café’s routine waste into the composting program, he said. Sandia uses revenue from recycling paper and other waste materials to pay for the composting project. One goal is to reduce the cost of refuse disposal at the cafeteria. McCord also expects the program to expand into other food-service facilities at the Labs, such as the Tech Area 4 cafeteria, where bins are set up for diners to sort …

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Not Just Play Time: Mattel includes Composting in its “Design It, Make It, Live It” Sustainable Strategy

Mattel, one of the largest global toy producers, has included composting in its recent sustainable company-wide goals. From a recent press release: “Mattel is a company that is focused on playing responsibly in all that we do, which includes how we impact the world around us,” said Lisa Marie Bongiovanni, vice president of corporate affairs at Mattel. “From the products we make to the people who make up our organization, the Mattel organization is always seeking ways for the company to improve and evolve, to actively make the world a better place to live and play.” “Composting:  Mattel’s manufacturing facility in Monterrey, Mexico, opened one of the region’s largest composting facilities in May 2010. The composting facility handles more than 50 kgs of food scraps from the facility’s cafeteria, as well as materials including coffee waste, paper and hand towel waste. The composting facility diverted nearly 15.6 tons of waste from the local landfill during a 12-month period. Mattel also shares the compost by-product with the employees and the local community, for use in personal gardens.” Read the entire press release here. Composting is not just a priority for local government, waste management companies or individuals. The responsibility falls to each of us to make composting an everyday practice. Cheers to Mattel for expanding the eco-mindedness of their staff and company to the betterment of the world.

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Inside or Outside – Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm has the Compost Bin for you

Does your compost bin have a little more ventilation than it needs (think stress cracks around the bottom)? Have your worms reproduced so much over the winter that they’re crushed for space in their compost bin home?  Maybe you’re just a beginner composter and need the right bin for your red wiggler worms. No matter the reason, Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm has the indoor and outdoor compost bins you need to handle your composting needs. Check out the following indoor compost bin and outdoor bin options… Indoor Compost Bin The Worm Factory Features: Year-round production Odor Free operation Available in three, four or five tray options Expandable up to 7 trays Available in black & terracotta Easy to assemble and manage Built in “worm tea” collector tray and spigot for easy draining Includes a 16-page easy-to-use instructional booklet with photos and illustrations Comes with “Quick-Tips” lid for easy reference Houses eight to twelve thousand worms that consume 5-8lbs of food per week 5 year warranty on parts and workmanship Made in the U.S.A. Specifications: Available in black and terracotta models Measures 16″ x 16″ x 21″ for a 3 tray system, 3.5″ higher for each tray added Both black and terracotta models are made from high-quality post-consumer recycled plastic 3 Tray model weighs 14lb when empty Operational in temperatures between 45 and 95 degrees Included: Stacking Trays and Base “Worm Tea” Collection Tray Instruction Book Ventilation “Quick Tips” Lid 1 250gm Coir Brick Shredded Paper Spigot Various assembly screws, nuts and …

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It’s Monday Morning, Do you know where your Red Wigglers Are?

Well, a good answer would be “in my compost bin”, but it’s important to remember that although they’re pretty self-sufficient muscle-bound worms, they do need a little attention from their landlord (meaning you) on occasion since they can’t effectively send you a note saying “too hot in here” or “we’re a little thirsty”. There are four things you need to monitor to ensure the health and wellness of your red wiggler worms: pH levels temperature moisture content fresh air The proper pH level for a worm bin is pH is around 7.0, however, red wiggler worms can handle levels from 4.2 to 8.0 or higher. Use limestone to balance your worm compost bin’s pH levels, but be sure to use limestone only, not hydrated lime because that can kill your worms. Compost bin temperature should stay between 55 – 77 degrees Fahrenheit. Temps above 84 degrees can be harmful to your worms and temperatures below 50 degrees can slow your worms activity to a, well, crawl. While you don’t want a puddle in your worm compost bin, red wiggler worms need their sin to remain moist for survival so keep the bedding materials moist like soil would be. Keep your worm compost bin aerated so your worms have the fresh air they need to breathe. Your worms will work their best if the above conditions are met and will live long enough to spawn several generations of new worms, to keep your worm-investment costs down. They’ll work for you if …

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