Join us today for a free vermicomposting demonstration! Learn how to compost with worms

Join us today at the Haliburton County Farmers Market for a free vermicomposting demonstration!

Discover how to convert organic matter (food scraps and paper) into nature’s finest fertilizer. Find out how composting benefits the environment.

Vermicomposting, or composting with worms, is a convenient way to get wonderful compost for your garden even if you don’t have a lot of space. When done right, there is no smell and no mess, so you can even keep a worm bin in your kitchen throughout winter!

Pauline Plooard and Rickie Woods will be on hand to show us all to start our own bin, how to maintain it, and how to harvest the castings when they’re ready. Come out and learn how Red Wigglers can improve your garden by converting organic resources into a wonderful soil amendment.

We’re also pleased to have David Horton, owner of Vermi National as a  vendor this week.
Vermi National is a family run, Canadian company specializing in worm compost and composting worms. David’s business is located in Bobcaygeon and his mission is to encourage individuals and organizations to compost their organic waste, and to reduce what goes to the landfill.

You can also find Vermi National on Facebook, too!

So, what exactly is vermicomposting?

Vermicomposting is composting with worms. It is typically done indoors in a closed bin populated with red wiggler worms that eat organic waste and expel it as worm castings, or droppings.

What is vermicompost?  Vermicompost is a combination of worm castings and decomposed organic material, as well as worms, worm cocoons, and other decomposer organisms. It is the end product of the vermicomposting process.
Why is it called vermicomposting? Vermi is Latin for worm. Vermicomposting simply means composting with worms.

What are worm castings?  Worm castings are the worm’s droppings or manure. Worm castings contain decomposed organic material, soil, and bacteria.

How does vermicomposting help the environment?  Vermicomposting lets us recycle just like nature does. A vermicompost bin mimics natural processes, allowing organic waste to break down into nutrient-rich compost, which can be returned to the soil to help new things grow. Vermicomposting helps the environment in the following ways:

  • Reduces Waste Sent to our Dump Sites – Up to 30% of our daily household waste is organic.
  • Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions – Organics buried in a dump site break down very slowly and without the presence of oxygen. As a result, methane gas (a greenhouse gas) is produced.
  • Reduces Pollution – When organics break down without the presence of oxygen, such as in a dump site, a toxic liquid known as leachate (the liquid that runs from a dump) is produced. Leachate can pollute our soil and water sources.
  • Reduces the Need for Chemical Fertilizers and Pesticides – Finished vermicompost is natural fertilizer that returns valuable nutrients back into the soil, promoting the growth of healthy plants.
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