Along with all the other magic that is happening with the UMass Student Farming Enterprise, we have recently started collaborating with some of the other great organizations on campus that are working to create a more sustainable UMass community!
FoUMP, UMass for Real Food, SUMAC, and the Student Farming Enterprise will be holding a Vermicomposting Workshop, and we will be getting FREE buckets to help everyone get started!!
WHERE: Commonwealth Room in the Student Union (Earthfoods)
WHEN: April 10th, 2012. 7:00pm-8:30pm
WHO: All students and public are welcome
COST: Free! Materials needed to construct a 5 gallon vermi-bin will be provided.
Friends of UMass Permaculture (http://www.facebook.com/groups/207094022694179/) is joining up with UMass for Real Food (http://www.facebook.com/groups/254038801335479/), The UMass Student Farm (http://www.facebook.com/pages/UMass-Student-Farming-Enterprise/120871627944123), and the Sustainable UMass Action Coalition (SUMAC) (http://www.facebook.com/groups/SustainableUMASS/) to bring you a DIY Vermicomposting Workshop. After attending the workshop you will leave with: a ready-to-go vermicomposting bin that you’ve made, a thorough knowledge of vermicomposting at home, and a guide to maintaining your bin.
What is vermicomposting?
Vermicompost is a combination of the words vermi, meaning worms, and compost, being nutrient rich decayed organic matter. Vermicomposting uses worms and micro-organisms to turn organic material, such as kitchen scraps and old newspapers, into a rich compost called castings (or in less technical terms, worm poo). It can be done indoors, in small spaces, and without too much effort!
• It can be done inside or outside, making it a great composting solution for apartment dwellers
• Vermicomposting is scalable from a single person’s kitchen scraps to a big household that loves to cook
• Vermicompost bins are low maintenance
• Vermicomposting creates a finished product much faster than traditional composting
• The largest contributer to discarded municipal waste in the U.S. is food waste, making up 21% of the total! That’s even more than plastic waste, which makes up 19% (EPA, 2009)
• Worms are fun! Composting worms in particular are a lively bunch.
• No more trekking out to that back corner of your yard in the middle of winter to bring our your compostables!
• Vermicompost bins are easily made with readily available materials
What will be happening at the workshop?
The Vermicomposting Workshop will start with a quick overview of food waste in the United States. We’ll move into a presentation on everything you need to know to start vermicomposting at home from what to feed your worms to harvesting castings once they have done their wormy magic.
Then the real fun begins and we’ll start constructing DIY vermicomposting bins! First will be a demonstration on how to turn an ordinary 5-gallon bucket into a vermi-paradise. Attendees will then work together with the help of facilitators to build their bin.
Picking a suitable worm container
If your household creates a lot of food scraps you may want a bigger bin then the one we will be providing. Fortunately, worms can thrive in many different kinds of containers. Lidded plastic tote-bins are long lasting and easy to clean. They have poor ventilation, but that is easily solved with some well placed holes. The surface area of the container is more important than depth. Composting worms are surface feeders so the bin does not need to be deeper than one foot. Worms enjoy being in the dark; an ideal bin will block out light. A 10-15 gallon bin is a good starting size for a household.
You can also check out our Facebook event here: http://www.facebook.com/events/360628377309360/
Hope to see you there!