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Philip Vanderhoofven
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When did you start composting with worms?
June 25, 2010
How were you introduced to vermicomposting?
National Western Stock Show when I was 5 yrs old - I should mention that I didnt get any worms as a kid but found them in the ground but they dried out. It wasnt until I purposefully went to Olomana Gardens in Wiamanalo Oahu that I started vermicomposting. I bought a WF360 for an undisclosed amount because I'm too embarrassed that I paid that much for it and I bought "bed run" Pe worms for $40 a lb. Turned out to be 20 worms in the "bed run" and that is what I started with. It was a month later when I added a second bin COW and asked the gentlemen for some worms which he gave me about 200 worms.Then I went to Waikiki Worm and spent $40 on a quarter lb of worms which was about 200. All my worms are from such as these.
What do your worms like to eat?
watermelon, coffee grounds, rotten food growing mold, horse pucky, steer pucky.
What kinds of worms do you have?
"Nalo" Blues, Red Tigers, and Alabama Jumpers (jumpers are moved to the garden)
What worm bins do you use?
Started with Worm Factory 360 and added Can-O-Worms and then I built a flow through bin out of a 55 gallon drum which I call "Barnicle Bin"
How many pounds of garbage do your worms recycle each week?
7 - 14 lbs per week
About Me:
I'm an avid student of self-sustainability as a mode of living for every one to be able to survive natural and economic disasters. I have a B.S. Degree in the Interdisciplinary studies of Architectural design. Which has led me on a continued quest of self study from raising chickens, gardening, and now worms. My short term Goal is to transform the soil quality around my house by getting worms to make castings out of my junk mail and food scraps.

Check out my new business website called "Syrinx" Environmental Design Build Consulting 

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Going with the Flow.

Update on how my new set up is going.


I went with option A - ONE BIN POLICY


I can no longer distinguish when Im harvesting because it isnt as notably of an event for me as it was in the past. Harvesting now is very similar to feeding time. Is it worth writing about? Well the change in procedures are very notable.  The operating principles are different in a flow through compared to stackable trays. In stackable trays you have to dump the tray out and sort the…


Posted on September 8, 2011 at 5:48pm — 2 Comments

7th Harvest yields 7 gallons of Castings.

Last week I feed the worms 14 lbs of organic waste spread out between three bins. Like always, I topped off the food with a layer of leaves and torn up newspaper on top. Then I leave it to be. Maybe I’ll check it once a day for moisture content, recycle the lechate on top, or just poke around and look at the worms.

So there I was,

Poking and a proding.

Mixing up the castings with the worms

seeing them all scattered about digging down.

And next thing you know…


Posted on July 7, 2011 at 6:31pm — 14 Comments

Worms like it Wet!

On behalf of the worms, I speak because these critters have no backbone to stand up for themselves.


Worms Like It Wet!  I hope thats not a newsflash for you. Worms are actually very clean invertibrates. Very few people know this though - they like to take bathes regularly - you know - wash the scum of the earth off.


Ever seen a dried worm on the sidewalk? I can only imagine the torment it endured during its final moments of life as it crawled on its belly…


Posted on June 28, 2011 at 4:57pm — 2 Comments

The Sixth Harvest

or rather the ravings of a lunatic during the Sixth Harvest.

The Sixth Harvest was during the full eclipse of the strawberry moon. Not that I was able to harvest any strawberries because my strawberry plants both wilted away in my recent absence. June’s Moon is named after the strawberry when fruit is ready to pick and eat. I didn’t eat any strawberries. I ate watermelon and I picked the flesh free of seeds and cut up the rind to feed to my worms. While I fed them watermelon, I… Continue

Posted on June 16, 2011 at 6:00pm

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At 10:14am on December 7, 2010, Stephen McGuire said…
Hey Philip. I saw both the cow and the wf360 in your photo. What do you think of them both? What are the pro and cons for both?
At 6:25pm on December 20, 2010, Stephen McGuire said…
Which one should I buy??????
At 12:13am on January 6, 2011, Philip Vanderhoofven said…
Found a 55 Gallon black plastic drum washed up on Kailua beach. Guess what I'm thinking about making?
At 10:04am on March 25, 2011, Stephen McGuire said…
Nice tuna. What is that a big eye tuna. Can you send me some pokie? Man do I miss having pokie. Do you have a good recipe for pokie????
At 7:29am on September 11, 2011, Cassandra Truax said…
Hi Philip, nice to meet you too.  I'm sure I'll have lots of information from the Vermiculture conference posted on the blog when I get back.  Talk to you soon.

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