Last week I attended a compost conference and trade show at the Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket, RI. Nancy Warner, co-owner of The Worm Ladies of Charleston, Inc spoke about vermiculture: the practice of raising red wiggler worms to consume food scraps and some other household waste. Red wigglers will eat organic waste and turn it into “vermicompost” or “worm castings”, which is known as the best compost on earth. One great thing about vermiculture is that you don’t need to have a yard to compost your food scraps. Watertight bins can be kept indoors and don’t require a lot of space, so even city dwellers in tiny apartments can compost! And worm composting is virtually odorless if done properly. Read more about composting with worms here.

I’m interested in trying vermiculture in addition to the traditional compost pile I’ve been keeping in an open wood frame and chicken wire bin for more than a year. I learned that the garden-variety night crawlers in my compost are not dining on the organic waste. I hope to pay The Worm Ladies a visit soon.

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