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Allison Jack
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Vermicompost in the New York Times!
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Terry Jan 30, 2013.

Vermicompost use in commercial greenhouses
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Rich Feiller Jul 25, 2011.

New research on insect suppression with vermicompost
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Bill S Jan 2, 2013.


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When did you start composting with worms?
January 1, 2000
How were you introduced to vermicomposting?
My mom bought me a worm bin.
What do your worms like to eat?
What kinds of worms do you have?
Eisenia fetida
What worm bins do you use?
Home constructed and Worm Wigwam
How many pounds of garbage do your worms recycle each week?
It's not "garbage", it's a resource :-) (up to 15)
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About Me:
I became interested in vermicomposting while serving in AmeriCorps in Portland, OR and helping middle school students run a medium scale system at their school. My interest eventually led me to pursue a M.S. in soil science at Cornell. I worked on a project that looked at the effect of vermicompost amendments to potting media on root bacterial communities in organic tomato production. I'm currently in the Department of Plant Pathology and Plant Microbe Biology at Cornell doing my PhD dissertation research on the suppression of plant diseases with vermicompost and non-aerated vermicompost extracts. Ithaca is a great place to be a composter, I took the Master Composter training through cooperative extension in 2003 and have volunteered extensively doing public outreach and training the new volunteers.

New book on vermicompost production and use: "Vermicompost Technology"

Clive Edwards has a new vermicompost book out that some members might be interested in checking out. It includes chapters on vermicompost production (at a variety of scales) and different aspects of vermicompost use. There are also some posthumous chapters by Mary Appelhoff. I wrote a chapter on disease suppression with vermicomposts. If anyone is interested, message me and I'll send you a pdf of my chapter. Full disclosure: I have no financial ties to this book at all (the joys of academic publishing :-)).


C. A. Edwards, Arancon, N. Q., Sherman, R. L. (Eds.), Vermiculture Technology: Earthworms, Organic Wastes and Environmental Management. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, pp. 623.

Most public university libraries accept suggestions on new books to add to their collection, as well as donations of books. I just donated a copy to Mann Library at Cornell after checking to make sure it was a welcome addition to their collection. Our local municipal library system has an inter library loan agreement with Cornell, so now that one copy is available to a whole bunch of folks. Happy reading!


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At 10:31pm on June 26, 2009, Susan B said…
Welcome. We'd love to hear what you find out about supression of plant disease. Also, everyone's pretty laid back here - if you notice us saying anything incorrect, please feel free to correct us.
At 3:07pm on July 7, 2009, Doc Dougherty said…
Hi Allison, im new to worms and wanted to contact you about buying some worms. I live over in Greene NY , so its not to far . I tryed too contact you on the map pg but im a bit slow on some computer stuff. ill ck back on this pg or if you know how to send me a message that would be cool .thanks Gary Dougherty
At 8:45am on April 23, 2011, Stephen McGuire said…
allison does VC repel earwigs? i had a big problem last year with earwigs eating my basil. i never had any basil because of the earwigs.
At 7:12pm on February 10, 2012, Jess Kurth said…

Wow very cool! I am in comparative biomechanics...nice to meet you yaya collaborations :))

At 8:22am on February 11, 2012, Rich Feiller said…

Allison i have the book "Vermiculture Technology" and find your contribution ""the Suppression of Plant Pathogens by Vermicomposts" very interesting. nature does have the answer for everything if sometimes we just got out of the way. :-)

At 12:28am on December 7, 2012, Rich Feiller said…

looking forward to reading the results of what you have worked so hard on.

appreciate your sharing with us.

the conflicting information that is out there is certainly damaging to progress in the use of vermiculture as a solution to limiting the use of destructive petrol generated chemicals. 

the lack of product controls as in the production of VC is also very damaging. the VC being tested may be 20% or 80% castings, and the raw materials utilized by the worms for the test of course are not required to meet any industry standards for nutrient levels or consistency. As a small worm farmer i have held off in marketing castings or worm tea because i do not have the wherewithal to have multiple test done on the  castings. 

have a wonderful holiday season,


At 8:17pm on January 4, 2013, George said…
Hi allison.
Do you have a link to a site that talks about your project in some detail ?
I want to forward it to my brother-in-law and mention that my friend Allison made me aware of it through our mutual love and respect for worms.
He is a big shot, maybe a VP with Tyson Foods and might be able to do you some good.

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