What is Worm Composting?
Did you know that composting worms can eat up to their body weight on a daily basis? (Source: Cornell University)
What is Vermicomposting?
Vermicomposting is the process of composting using worms as a decomposer of organic waste. This is a preferred method for people who don’t have a lot of time to manage an outdoor system, the volume of waste to support larger composting systems, and for those who do not have adequate yards. It is also a great option for offices and classrooms. The worms stay in the bin and eat food and paper scraps without giving off much odor. Walking Mountains Science Center operates a large worm composting bin where all of our office waste (paper, lunch scraps, etc.) goes.
Three Tips for What You Can Do With Worm Composting:
1.) Explore your options. There are many ways for you to divert organic matter from the landfill beside vermicomposting like using a backyard bin or signing up for commercial composting services. Find the option that is best suited to your needs and resources.
2.) Do your homework. While it is relatively easy to build a DIY home vermicomposting system, it is important to have a clear idea of what you are doing. For example, you cannot simply gather worms from your backyard to use. Vermicomposting requires special worms, usually red wigglers, to have a successful operation. Both the Vail and Eagle County libraries have excellent books on vermicomposting and there are also plenty of online resources.
3.) Make it your next weekend project. It is easy to build your own worm bin from scratch. All you need is a couple of bins or buckets, a drill, some shredded newspaper, and dirt. Once assembled you are ready for worms. For detailed instructions on how to build and maintain your own worm bin CLICK HERE or contact Walking Mountains Science Center for additional help and resources.