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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!

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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  • Yuria

    Oh my...
    I can do way better Saturday! :/
    But definitely do what is best for the whole community!
    :)

    July 2, 2013

    • Ilyse K.

      Yuria you were at our gardens very 1st workshop. Another plastic-free li ing day is coming soon on a saturday or sunday so I hope to see you again!

      July 2, 2013

    • Yuria

      Thank you beautiful Ilyse! The garden is sprouting! :D

      1 · July 3, 2013

  • Morgan C.

    BTW do you have any great sources in my area or Connecticut for Organic Fruit Trees/Bushes? Up here I've been to four nurseries and they've all looked at me like I was an alien from another planet when I uttered words like,"Organic" or "Biointensive"

    July 2, 2013

  • Morgan C.

    Hi, I just moved to NY and need to get some red wigglers. I'm in the Westchester area near Connecticut. Help please!

    July 2, 2013

    • Ilyse K.

      Morgan Google is your best friend, you can purchase worms online. You might also try joining vermicomposters.ning.com­ and asking about sources local to you

      July 2, 2013

    • Morgan C.

      Thanks Ilse

      July 2, 2013

  • Ilyse K.

    Just to clarify, we are debating between having future sessions on Wednesday at 7 or Saturday at 11. We don't have the capacity to do them twice every month. 10 people signed up for each of these timeslots in the last week of June. On Wednesday, 2 showed up. On Saturday, 1 (but she had actually RSVP'd for Weds and then came to Saturday's instead).

    All this is fine, this is not a complaint, we all have really full lives! Our garden is just trying to figure out how to best serve our local and broader community. At this point we are leaning towards monthly workshops on the last Weds of each month ... and for anyone interested we have an informal "Wormy Wednesday" every week from 7 to 8:30 ... just to check on the health of the bin, schmooze about vermicomposting, bring food scraps for our wigglers.

    July 2, 2013

  • Yuria

    I was willing to make it for Saturday but I ran very very late and I had other stuff at 1pm so it was too tight!
    Sorry! I actually wanted to ask if someone could guide me through what you did on Saturday!

    1 · July 1, 2013

    • Ilyse K.

      I am slowly putting together some web pages, and we will have more workshops in a series as the bin matures -- Maintenance & Troubleshooting, Harvesting and Curing Vermicompost, and Red Wiggler Propagation.

      But let me ask, would 1pm on Saturday be a better time for a workshop? Reason we made it at 11 -- figuring folks would like having the afternoon intact if we finished by noon.

      July 1, 2013

    • Yuria

      I find 11 fine! So looking forward to the series! THank you Ilyse! :)

      July 1, 2013

  • Ilyse K.

    10 folks signed up, but apart from me only one permie showed (and she had actually signed up for, but missed, the Wednesday workshop). I'm confused because with so many sign-ups I was thinking, oh great, we've found a good day/time to offer workshops. If anyone could please share their thoughts about why 11am Saturday workshops looked so good to sign up for, but on the day-of no longer looked good, that would be very helpful for me to more effectively schedule future opportunities for you guys in the garden. Thanks in advance for any input on this!

    1 · July 1, 2013

  • Oona

    will try

    June 23, 2013

  • Matthew

    i cant make it, but am a fellow vermi'sero and glad you're doing this :) .
    I've found,for indoors, a stacking 5gallon bucket system is tops!
    it eliminates having to sift out worms from the vc (95%). outside,such as at community gardens, a CFT,continuous-flow-through bin is great. I've built a few for others. here is mine made of recycled fencing , https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=550588568299882

    1 · June 19, 2013

    • Ilyse K.

      Ps check out vermicomposting.ning.com­ pretty good site (though not local in nature)

      1 · June 19, 2013

    • Matthew

      cool :) yes i'm on that ning group, in the forums. we're listed on the map as well. baldwin organic garden share (the map seems to be broken now. vermicomposters.com )

      June 20, 2013

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