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Sam Jones replied to Mirabai Knight's discussion Anaerobes -- harmful or just smelly? in the group Stackable Flow Through Bin Owners
"I process more than half of my food waste using the Bokashi fermentation method.This involves a range of both anaerpboc and aerobic microbes in an innoculant which is added to rice bran. The rice bran is dried and containes the microbes.   When…"
Mar 1, 2011
Susan B replied to Mirabai Knight's discussion Anaerobes -- harmful or just smelly? in the group Stackable Flow Through Bin Owners
"Larry, they also use worms to clear land of heavy metals in India. The worms ingest and then keep the heavy metals. 6-9 months later they take out all of the worms from the plot (talk about labor intensive!) They can then use the land for crops…"
Nov 13, 2010
Marge Baillod Yeager replied to Mirabai Knight's discussion Anaerobes -- harmful or just smelly? in the group Stackable Flow Through Bin Owners
"For what it's worth, I've been keeping scraps in an old cookie jar lined with grocery-store plastic produce bags. They often get pretty rotty before they get popped into the freezer, and even more rotty as they thaw before feeding.…"
Nov 10, 2010
Mirabai Knight commented on Steven Chow's group Stackable Flow Through Bin Owners
"So I'd been hearing for a long time that plastic worm bins (I've got the Worm Factory 360) tend to get wet. When I only had one tray, I didn't understand how tha could be; it was a hot summer and I found I had to add paper towels…"
Sep 29, 2010
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Verms at Verk

A picture of an outdoor composter taken by my friend Julia Rios.From here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/40675165@N00/4961932574/
Sep 5, 2010
Andrew from California replied to Mirabai Knight's discussion Anaerobes -- harmful or just smelly? in the group Stackable Flow Through Bin Owners
"Good point. I've come across a few papers on using E. fetida to process human waste products. It sounds like they have a pretty high tolerance for all sorts of toxic material. All I can say is that I've given my worms mush that sounds like…"
Aug 17, 2010
Mirabai Knight replied to Mirabai Knight's discussion Anaerobes -- harmful or just smelly? in the group Stackable Flow Through Bin Owners
"I know that some anaerobic bacteria -- most famously botulism -- leave toxins behind that can still be dangerous, even if the bacteria themselves die when exposed to air. So I know it's a really bad idea for humans to eat food that's been…"
Aug 17, 2010
jim kirkman replied to Mirabai Knight's discussion Anaerobes -- harmful or just smelly? in the group Stackable Flow Through Bin Owners
"I am no expert, but I believe that once you removed the food from what may have been an anareobic system, the microbes that were anaerobic either died or switched back to aerobic respiration. I also wonder how long it takes bacteria to make a closed…"
Aug 17, 2010
Andrew from California replied to Mirabai Knight's discussion Anaerobes -- harmful or just smelly? in the group Stackable Flow Through Bin Owners
"Robert O. pointed out sometime ago that anaerobic bacteria (by definition) die when exposed to air. I spread my stinky pre-rot mush in a 1" layer and cover with lots of top bedding (leaves in my case, but shredded paper works). Like you've…"
Aug 17, 2010
Mirabai Knight added a discussion to the group Stackable Flow Through Bin Owners
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Anaerobes -- harmful or just smelly?

I know that bad smells coming from a worm bin can indicate overfeeding or toxic conditions, but what about pre-rotting food under anaerobic conditions? Is that actively bad for the worms, or do people try to rot scraps aerobically because they're just more pleasant to deal with when they don't completely reek? I came back to the coworking space after a four-day weekend to discover that the tupperware container I use to collect worm donations had been filled with various lovely vegetable scraps…See More
Aug 17, 2010
Mirabai Knight commented on Steven Chow's group Stackable Flow Through Bin Owners
"I recently started using damp paper towels instead of damp newspaper for the very top layer of my Worm Factory 360. It's been pretty hot, but the bin is in the kitchen, so I figure as long as the humans aren't keeling over, the worms…"
Jul 8, 2010
Mirabai Knight commented on Steven Chow's group Stackable Flow Through Bin Owners
"Hi, I asked this question on the "Worm Factory" group, but didn't get a definitive answer, so I thought I'd ask here too. I've had about a pound of worms (actually a little less, since some died in transport) going for one…"
Jun 15, 2010
ReikiMaster60657 left a comment for Mirabai Knight
"Hi Mirabai: Welcome to the forum!!! I just started VC'ing on 5/11, and I've found this forum to be very helpful and friendly. Good Luck with your worms. ReikiMaster60657"
Jun 15, 2010
Mirabai Knight joined Steven Chow's group
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Stackable Flow Through Bin Owners

A group for people who use the Wriggly Wranch (and others stackable tray) worm bin to talk about / share experiences.I figured there might be enough intricacies specific to the Wriggly Wranch (and every other model of worm bin) to warrant a groupSee More
Jun 15, 2010
Mirabai Knight joined Jason's group
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Continuous Flow/Flow Through Worm Composting

55 gallon barrels, trash cans, wheeled bins, bags, or whatever else you've thought of to turn into a flow through bin!A group to discuss ideas on the making of and maintenance of flow through worm bins.See More
Jun 15, 2010
Mirabai Knight joined Steven Chow's group
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Indoor Vermicomposters

A group for indoor vermicomposters. People who keep their worm bins in their apartment or home rather than in their garden, garage or shed.See More
Jun 15, 2010

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When did you start composting with worms?
May 18, 2010
How were you introduced to vermicomposting?
My co-op was unsatisfied with the slowness of regular composting so I volunteered to try doing it with worms
What do your worms like to eat?
Grapes, radish greens, shredded newspaper, you name it.
What kinds of worms do you have?
Red Wigglers
What worm bins do you use?
Worm Factory 360
How many pounds of garbage do your worms recycle each week?
Only about a pound a week right now, but I want them to eventually eat all the kitchen scraps of a 30-person office space
My Vermicomposters.com Map Entry URL:
http://vermicomposters.com/wormbin?id=1590
About Me:
I'm a freelance stenographer for the Deaf and the official worm wrangler at Common Spaces, a Brooklyn Coworking Co-Op.
Website:
http://commonspaces.org

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At 10:01am on June 15, 2010, ReikiMaster60657 said…
Hi Mirabai:

Welcome to the forum!!! I just started VC'ing on 5/11, and I've found this forum to be very helpful and friendly.

Good Luck with your worms.

ReikiMaster60657

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