Create wealth with "Nature's Money" with a vermicompost bin! http://greennewyorker...
Under the Green New Yorker "Pay It Forward" Vermicomposter Program, members can request a FREE batch of Vermicompost red wrigglers to start a new bin. http://www.meetup.com... Please stick with bins made of either #2 or #5 plastic which I've been told are safer because they are less likely to outgas chemicals.
Here is a howto video by Jodie Colon from the NYBG Compost Project http://www.finegarden...
If you are interested in getting free worms, please copy and complete the following form and email to Helen, Organizer.
APPLICATION TO ADOPT VERMICOMPOST WORMS
Your full name_____________________________________________________
Your town and type of residence
Your phone number and email __________________________________________________________
Which vermicompost class(es) you have taken?______________________________________________________
Where will you keep your bin?___________________________________________
Will anyone with immune system health issues be exposed to the bin?_______________________________________________
Would you like to join the "Pay It Forward" Program as a future donor? ________
I've had worm bins since 2005 and find it to be a fantastic way to produce the highest quality potting soil. These bins are also the perfect place to recycle spent potted plants. We'll see waste turn into wealth in our worm bins!
Please note: I can't emphasize enough that it is essential to avoid pest infestations in our living /working spaces! Take a look at Dan Miner's profile on GNYers and his comments about composting in his office as well as my message in reply.
I, too, was careless with my bin initially and had embarrassing swarms of vinegar flies. The exponential growth model applies to these pests. Think of the famous penny doubling game! I got rid of the flies with quite a bit of extra work but I still didn't take the precaution of freezing the compostables first. Then, in 2011, I had an even more annoying case of fungus gnats. So the worm bin now resides in an attached garage instead!
If you are placing your bin in a living or working space, PLEASE TAKE ALL PRECAUTIONS FROM THE GET GO! An excellent presentation about the potential challenges of vermicomposting can be found here http://www.redwormcom...
Another cautionary note concerns a harmful microorganism that some people believe can multiply in a compost bin. Legionella pneumophila can multiply in moist environments at temperatures of 20-50 C (68-122 F). This is one of the disease organisms ubiquitous in Nature (Clostridium botulinum and Toxoplasma gondii are other examples) that are unlikely to harm people with healthy immune systems. People with undeveloped or weakened immune systems, however, are wise to take special precautions.
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