The Naturemill unit seems to have bought it after the last move- I am not pleased with that thing. Given that it’s full of half-rotten stuffs now, I’m not excited about investigating its inner workings to fix the problem. So when I got an email from WormEco last week, inviting me to a vermicomposting workshop, the timing was fortunate.
Elvira Jakovac, the founder and owner, gathered a few groups of people in a local park Saturday to demonstrate vermicomposting. Basically, get some worms, make them a lovely moist home, and shove in your food scraps for them to eat from time to time. In a few months, remove their poo. Voila! It looks more like regular dirt than poo, which absolutely helps the squeamish.
Elvira has bins for purchase, with bedding and about a half pound of worms she has raised herself inside, so all you need to do is add the food, check to make sure the worms are happy, and remove the compost in about four months- then repeat. She will not only start them for you, she has fantastic advice on how to keep the worms going so they’ll multiply to eat all the food you give them (if there isn’t enough to eat, they’ll stop multiplying- no worries about some horror movie of forever-multiplying worms). On Saturday, we were regaled with a short history of vermicomposting (Europeans brought worms on boats by accident!), and the story of her own work in the field- she weighs a lot of worms. She’s also got environmentally friendly plans on how to deal with bugs and critters, and household chores- her presentation was informative, and a pleasure to listen to.
WormEco is only a few months old, but I hope it’s got a long and prosperous life ahead. Elvira is serious about getting her green-living message to not only Alexandria, but the world- she’s entered in a National Geographic competition that will reward a person starting a movement in their local communities with a nice chunk of money to make it happen- and she’s promised to walk from Alexandria to DC to accept the prize, if she wins, and would like to invite us all to walk with her.
Full disclosure: I was invited to the workshop free as a guest. I liked the idea and Elvira enough that I will buy my own bin. If i get my Naturemill running again, I’ll have compost races!
Oh man a bin of worms!
Much less creepy than you thought.