Last month I met with the students participating in the afterschool WOW program at Patriot Gateway, a recreation center owned by Zion Lutheran Church. This month we discussed worm composting, better known as vermi-composting. Composting with red wiggler worms is another method of putting your vegetable scraps to good use. The worms eat and convert organic waste into rich fertilizer.
We discussed the differences between an earthworm and a red wiggler worm and how they contribute to our ecosystem differently. I brought in 2 compost bins to show the various stages of decomposition. I also harvested some compost from the compost bin, and we compared this soil condition to clay soil and commercial farm soil. Many of the kids were willing to gently handle the worms as they gasped with excitement and fear. We finally discussed how they could start their own compost bin at home, and many expressed an interest.