Manistee conservation district hosts vermicomposting workshop


MANISTEE – The Manistee Conservation District ended October by teaming up with a local vermicomposting company, Michigan Worm Works, to host an introductory vermicomposting workshop.

During the workshop, participants had the opportunity to learn about vermicomposting, the benefits of the practice and how to implement vermicomposting in their own households.

Vermicomposting is the use of household food scraps to create a nutrient-rich soil amendment that can be used in flower beds and on plants.

According to Michigan Worm Works website, vermicomposting “harnesses the power of worms to turn organic waste into a powerful soil amendment called vermicast, or worm droppings. Worms save organic waste from landfills, safely sequester carbon, and regenerate the soil that forms the basis of our food system. Compared to conventional fertilizers, worm droppings are safer for humans and the environment. “

The workshop began with a presentation from Justin Brown, Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program technician for the Mason-Lake and Manistee Conservation Districts. Brown’s presentation included information on soil components, factors limiting soil productivity and plant growth, and the benefits of worm droppings in the soil.

Next, Elana Warsen, Founder and Operator of Michigan Worm Works, explained the vermicomposting process, how she got started in the business, and how someone can easily start their own vermicomposting practice at home with a few simple supplies. .

Participants then had the opportunity to create their own take-away vermicomposting kit. Each kit included two 5-gallon buckets, shredded cardboard for bedding, water, and half a pound of Michigan Worm Works worms. There was no charge for participants to create this kit. The buckets were donated by Onekama Building Supply and Ludington Lowes. All other supplies were provided by the Manistee Conservation District.

Participants were also sent home with a worm bin care guide, which included instructions on how to care for worms and how to deal with any issues that might arise.

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