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NOVA Compost Community

Looking for composters located in Northern Virginia in order to help each other create a community to help each other out Please join if you are living in this are!

Location: Northern Virginia
Members: 10
Latest Activity: Jul 3, 2016

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Started by Deborah Smith Mar 13, 2013.

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Comment by Michele on May 22, 2009 at 10:42am
Hey Ben,
I live in the Lynchburg area but my sister lives in the NOVA area and I am planning a visit, no date set yet but soon. I am building quite a herd (ENC's and red wigglers) and considering getting into selling some. I could help you out but if you need more than I am willing to part with or want them before I visit, there is a vendor in Barboursville just north of Charlottesville (wormcrusader.com). I bought some worms from him and I was nosey and impatient so I made the drive to check him out. He was helpful, the worms were great, and the price was competitive.
Comment by Ryan Van Patten on May 30, 2009 at 9:30pm
hey, glad to find some others for nova....I havent created my compost bin yet, but I am slowly looking into how to do it the best for me...then I will also need to find a good place to get worms as well
Comment by Wayne Dickson on August 4, 2014 at 5:10am

I have a small family farm in Rappahannock County -- not what I would call NOVA but, again, not that far away.  I've been studying Vermiculture for some time now and just last June got into the Worm Factory 360 as a way of getting to know how worms work.  It has been my plan to slowly build into a commercial operation. Would love to have someone(s) to exchange ideas with.  

Comment by WORMLANDIA RANCH (Air Kierulf) on September 5, 2014 at 4:25pm

Hi Wayne, we're down in Richmond, VA. Hard to find Southern VA's that are active on here. We r making attempts to grow the ranch. We r urban and will b doing some unconventional stuff. Still, would love to exchange ideas as we learn and grow. give us a yell. 

Comment by Wayne Dickson on September 9, 2014 at 6:55am

Air:  Called the Wormlandia Ranch and left a message.  Would love to visit your operation and discuss ways to cooperate.

Comment by Daniel J Kline on October 16, 2014 at 3:14pm

Hi all... I am on the north side of Richmond. Count me in to get together to visit each other's wormery.

Comment by Wayne Dickson on October 17, 2014 at 8:48am

As you will see from the above, I am in Rappahannock County, VA but would very much like to be part of a get-together.

Comment by Daniel J Kline on November 29, 2014 at 8:36am

I propose a late January gathering. We can meet at my place if you want, or we can go to any of yours.

At my place you can see hot compost going and learn what it takes to do 130 degrees in January.

You will see a 3x6 flow through bin  being renovated and make suggestions for improvement. 

You can observe how I manage in winter a large 4x12 bed that began 2014, and see what I do for insulation, and what food they get & how I manage it.

You can view my compost sifter in action and watch the swapping out the compost trommel with the worm trommel so we can separate worms from vermicompost, or sift vermicompost from the flow through bin.

We could observe the distinction between breeder beds, see a breeding system in place, and discuss various containers including rubbermaid bins, buckets, and bags, yes, plastic grocery bags as breeder bins.

If you want we can burn a barrel of wood to create biochar, and learn what it is and why I am using it. I can also teach what I am doing with my soil, the science, and what I hope to achieve using compost, vermicompost, and biochar.

I need help with creating the business side, web design, label design, packaging,  marketing, etc. What bins to build to sell, and what sources to get materials.

You all could help me learn to increase process efficiencies to get more done with less effort.

As you see, lots of interesting stuff is going on at my place, and I teach, and we practice hospitality. We can pick (I hope!) fresh greens from my mini-greenhouse, and enjoy a good lunch, maybe pot luck? Just thinking...

So, lets pick a date, agree on a plan, and get together to conspire to change the world with worms while we improve our soil and achieve cash flows.

Comment by Wayne Dickson on November 30, 2014 at 7:19am

Daniel:  My wife and I would very much like to meet and see your operation.  We might be able to help you on the marketing side of things.  Although now semi-retired we owned an advertising and public relations firm in downtown DC and my wife (Carol) is an active graphic designer.  Late January will work for us -- actually almost anytime will work. Pot luck also works for us.  I hope others will respond.  If not we still would like to meet.

Comment by Daniel J Kline on December 1, 2014 at 8:00am

Thanks, Wayne

Seems you guys have the package I need to get sales going!

We are also retired, but our retirement cash cow died in 2008 in the realestate/banking debacle. So now we grow & sell daylilies, and are ramping up to sell worms. I have learned a lot in the process.

Now to package & present what we know so others can benefit!

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