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Making Fantastic Compost - Vermi (Worm) Compost

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Have you heard about the benefits of worm compost, but are unsure how to get started? Or are you a seasoned worm compost maker, wanting to learn additional tips, skills, and options for low cost and flexible infrastructure to take your composting to the next level? This course will cover the basics of making worm compost up to a small farm or homestead level and volume.

What You’ll Learn

Learn about worms and the benefits of worm castings Learn how to make and manage a worm compost system (bin)

About the Instructor

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John Moody

John is a farmer, homesteader, and leader in the local food movement. He started and has managed one of the largest food co-operatives in the nation. He previously served as the Executive Director of the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund. He is a popular speaker at the Mother Earth News Fair and other events.

Course Content


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Everybody likes me, think I'll go grow worms!

Worm compost is an amazing way to provide perfect food to your plants and improve your yields. 


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What kind of worm bin works best?

Learn how and why we use IBC totes for worm composting at scale. 

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Placement, Pitch, and Location for Worm Composting

An imporperly located bin can create all sorts of problems for your worms and a worm composter over time.  Learn where and how to place a large bin to minimize problems. 

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What worms to use and where to get them?

What worms should you use in your composting system and why?  Where should you get worms to populate your worm bins? 

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Feeding Worms - What to and where to get it

Worms can eat a lot of things, but they can't eat everything.  What can you feed them and where can you get it from?



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Worm Bedding and Grit

Worms need more than food to thrive - they also need bedding and grit.  Learn about options for both. 

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Its time to start your bin!

Learn how to start a new bin from scratch.  Learn basics steps to get a bin ready for your worms and get them going! 

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Worm Bin Management - Water, Unwanted Bugs and More

Lots of things can go wrong in a worm bin.  Proper management is key to preventing problems. 

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Splitting a Colony and Collecting the Worm Casting Harvest

Its time to collect your worm castings.  But how to do it while not also taking your worms for a ride? 

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Managing a bin over summer and winter

What to do to protect your bin during extreme weather and the highs and lows of various seasons. 



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