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Introducing the “Better Together” Community Garden’s Vermiculture system!

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

What is vermiculture?

Vermiculture is an all organic process of using red worms, to decompose yard, food and paper waste, into rich bi-products, which are then used as an organic fertilizer and soil amendment!

Why is vermiculture important to a garden?

Worm waste products (or castings) make up some of the best organic fertilizer out there. In order to yield the healthiest produce, after the worms digest the yard, food and paper waste, their castings are harvested (every three to six months) and mixed into our garden plots.

Our system

This past Friday, Jesse Raudenbush of Starr Valley Farms dropped off materials for a vermiculture system at the Ann Arbor CIL. These materials included an accessible worm bin, red worms, bedding for the worms, and a book on vermiculture.  Ann Arbor CIL staff members,  gardeners, consumers, and friends,  no longer have to throw away their food waste. Instead, they have the option to place it into our worm bin, and then their waste will be turned  into organic fertilizer!

Want to learn more?

Interested in learning more about vermiculture and composting?  Looking for a way to become involved in our gardening community?  Jesse will be teaching a series of classes at the Ann Arbor CIL on vermiculture and backyard composting. The first class is on the 15th from 1-2:30 pm.  Attendance is free and open to the community.

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