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Start Your Own Worm Bin Workshop

Learn how to set up your own red wiggler worm composting bin for very little money, and the basics of proper care & feeding of the bin and worms. We will demo using a cheap storage bin (they can often just be found put out at the curb, too), drilling or poking aeration vents into it, and using free scraps for browns and greens. And if you don't know what browns and greens are yet, you'll know by the time you leave!

[NOTE: This workshop will be repeated on Saturday, June 29th at 11 am, because our garden is experimenting to find the best time to offer workshops to our neighbors and our permie friends. Please sign up for whichever date works best for you.]

Three members of our garden practice vermicomposting and vermiculture in various settings, so you will benefit from a broad set of perspectives rather than being hammered with rules. The one "fact" that all worm-binners will agree on is that vermicomposting is as much an intuitive art as it is a science, and each of you will develop your own relationship to the bin, the worms, the whole ecosystem when you start your own bins. For example, should we put citrus in our worm bins? Some people do, and others say no way! It will be up to you to get to know your bin, to utilize the resources available to you, and to do what you gradually learn works best in your own little enclosed ecosystem called a worm bin.

Just to be clear, we will not be sending you out of the garden with an actual bin, but you will leave with the info you need to get going. And we will be doing follow-up workshops about once a month, so watch for future events & come back to let us know how your bin is doing, ask any troubleshooting questions, learn about harvesting the finished vermicompost, and about the lifecycle of the red wiggler, how to propagate them to share with friends (or sell!).

Suggested donation for non-garden-members: $5 per workshop in the series to help support our garden, but this is on a voluntary, put-what-you-can-in-the-box basis.

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  • Ilyse K.

    hey guys, i predicted the weather right, there was not one drop of rain ... 2 peeps showed up, plus 1 garden member there for the learning, plus 3 garden members offering their experience. Still it was an interesting session for the various perspectives and tidbits everyone had to offer. If you missed tonight's be brave and come out on Saturday at 11 (see the calendar, we're repeating this one). Bring an umbrella just in case and remember two things: (1) you will be in the heart of the LES where there is an abundance of shelter in nearby stores, and (2) rain is part of permaculture, don't be scared, LOL

    June 26, 2013

  • Matthew

    have fun tonight all!
    i'd mentioned on the re-post of this event, if you have space
    for 5-gallon buckets(or 2 gallon ones!) , the make an excellent stackable system for indoors! you can see a few pics of my larger systems here .
    including some of the buckets.
    i stack 5 high before harvesting the worm-free castings from the bottom bucket:)
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.295634493795292
    i'm hoping to have worms to offer soon.

    1 · June 26, 2013

    • Ilyse K.

      thanks Matthew, that is an excellent photo album, and the bucket stacking system is way cool.

      1 · June 26, 2013

  • Oona

    will try

    June 19, 2013

  • Forrest L.

    Totally interested in this. It's like the next level of composting.

    1 · June 19, 2013

  • Marleen

    Just what I was looking for!

    1 · June 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    SO wish I could - would you please hold this again end of July, when we're back in NYC? :-D

    June 19, 2013

    • Ilyse K.

      I'll find somewhere to post handouts & will do a photo essay, how's that? By July our bins will be a month old so we won't be able to demo starting one :-) ... but we can get you caught up real quick when you're ready!

      June 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      That would be SO SO AWESOME! My fiancé thought it's a bit over the top that the first project I wanted to do when we moved back to NYC (from Australia) would be to start a worm bin...but now I have a real excuse! yahoo!

      2 · June 19, 2013

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