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Vermicomposters's Map is back online!
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Started this discussion. Last reply by The Garbage Guru Jun 5, 2013.

Trying out a new approach to signups
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Sara Smith Living in Colorado replied to Steven Chow's discussion Problems with the Map of Vermicomposters?
"For some reason I I can't get to the map. I am on it already. But wonder if something is up with the link or just me?""
May 8, 2016
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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
Dec 27, 2015
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WormWiki Writers

A group for people who write on WormWiki. Exchange thoughts on how to format text, on coordinating what should be written, etc.See More
Oct 7, 2015
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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
Oct 6, 2015
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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
May 1, 2015
Chris McCaffrey replied to Steven Chow's discussion Problems with the Map of Vermicomposters?
"Hi I have tried to show my location on the map, having entered the postcode it shows the correct location however when I click on next step nothing happens. Thanks"
Apr 27, 2015
Danner commented on Steven Chow's group Indoor Vermicomposters
"I had a lot of questions about in-house flow-through systems when I got started with mine 4 months ago.  Now I am a month into weekly harvests, and I made a short video about my experience with first harvests. Hope it may be informative for…"
Apr 13, 2015

Profile Information

When did you start composting with worms?
March 3, 2008
How were you introduced to vermicomposting?
When I joined a CSA a couple months ago I ended up with a lot of extra kitchen waste, so I researched what to do with it.
What do your worms like to eat?
What kinds of worms do you have?
red worms ( eisenia fetida )
What worm bins do you use?
Wriggly Ranch
How many pounds of garbage do your worms recycle each week?
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About Me:
Not worm related but hey this is on my own profile page and I'm excited about this. Another side project related to recycling.

Here is an iphone app I created that helps you post freecycle posts with photos:

Now back to our regular scheduled programming (please let me know if this is too spammy/off-topic even though it is my own profile I'll take it down if people don't like it).....


I "discovered" worm composting in spring of 2008 and have been fascinated by it every since. Since I couldn't find anyone I personally knew who composted with worms nor did my friends have much interest in hearing about them.. i got really curious if there were any other vermicomposters "out there" in the world so I set up the vermicomposters map and this community to try to find out. Through working on this website I've met so many great people.. it has really been a great experience. Thanks! Please let me know if you have any suggestions about how to continue to spread the word about vermicomposting.

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Continuous flow liner experiment.

I'm still "recovering" from my Worm bin sludge situation I took all the sludge and put it in a bucket on its own and skimmed off any excess water every couple days until it wasn't flooded. After several weeks what was in the bucket started to dry out to the point that it looked like normal VC. Plus I could see lots of worm trails / turned VC where the worms that were still in there were working their magic. So,… Continue

Posted on November 24, 2008 at 12:30pm — 5 Comments

Worm bin sludge situation

I looked in the bottom tray of my flow through worm bin a couple days ago and noticed there was a log of semi-solid material in the bottom tray and tons of worms. It seemed like they were living fine in that soup, but yesterday I decided to try to clean it up and get the worms back into the main tray.

This is what the bottom tray looked like while I was cleaning it out:…


Posted on October 21, 2008 at 10:01am — 8 Comments

Nightcrawlers from Bait to Bin

I tried to learn how to fish over Labor day weekend during a camping little camping trip at Clearlake State Park in California. After 2 days and about 6 hours of fishing I came up empty handed although my sister who was also just learning caught a 6 and a half pound catfish on her first cast!

In any case, the bait shop had set us up with a 2 dozen nightcrawlers and we only ended up using 6 of them.... leaving me with 18 leftover.... so I decided to toss them in a 1 quart plastic bin… Continue

Posted on September 1, 2008 at 10:25am — 3 Comments

The Earth Moved just came from Amazon

I orderd The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms last week and it just arrived in the mail a couple hours ago and I had to start reading it right away. I've gotten… Continue

Posted on July 29, 2008 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Corn cob n' husk

It has been a couple days since I added my diced corn cob to my worm bin. I put them in the corner in case the worms didn't like them for some reason. When I checked it today lots of worms were hanging out in that corner so far so good.. although I suppose it will get much more interesting a couple weeks down the road when I can actually see if the cobs are being processed faster than they would if they… Continue

Posted on July 25, 2008 at 10:00am — 8 Comments

Comment Wall (74 comments)

At 5:52pm on May 7, 2008, Amanda said…
Good luck with adding the bread. My worms wouldn't eat it. The bread turned moldy and I had to take it out. However, I put it in dry - the moisture you added should help.
At 7:33pm on May 7, 2008, Nathan Scholten said…
Hello Mr. Chow!
A great site you have started here.
I truly hope that it grows exponentionaly.
I have been buffering my coffee with a light dusting of calcium carbonate from cuttle fish shells.
At 6:28am on May 8, 2008, ilex said…
Thanks so much for starting this site! I love the map.
At 6:43pm on May 9, 2008, Jean A. Taffs said…
I haven't read the Taylor book, and Appelhoff's book was so long ago that I've read, since, that some of her info is incorrect in light of further experience. I think I got most of my practical help from the magazine Worm Digest. Their first issue on homemade bins (Number 21, I think) was really my bible for the first year.
Your take on worm comfort is very interesting; I hadn't thought a lot about that, but am aware that they show discomfort in bright light, and now I'll be watching a lot closer to see what else I can learn about them.
By the way, I live only 50 miles from Mary Appelhoff's place in Kalamazoo.
At 2:31pm on May 10, 2008, Jean A. Taffs said…
Steven, If you don't already get the daily digest from, you should join up; I think you'll like the attitudes that these members show. And I think they should be glad to know of your site and your map!
At 4:48pm on May 11, 2008, Nathan Scholten said…
Hello Mr. Chow
I hope that all is well in California.
I have a question.
I can no longer see the little tabs on the map that shows the locations of people.
Can you help?

Nathan J.
At 4:13am on May 12, 2008, Woo said…
Goof morning Steven,

I am using Internet Explorer 7.

At 4:31am on May 12, 2008, Woo said…
Hi Again Steven,

The map seems to be working properly now. Thanks for the fix. I have been enjoying your site. I was going to start my own site about worms a few months ago, but never had time. Now that I have found your site there is no need. Thanks......Woo
At 9:04pm on May 12, 2008, Toby Adams said…
Thank you Steve for your information. I did check the link and I am going back later on to read more of the posts as they have a lot of good information.

By the way, thank you for starting this website. I hope it grows and grows. We will difinately be a playing a part of it. I am going to take pictures of setting up of our new worm factory and post the pictures. I have been wanting to do this for over 10 years and I am really excited about it.

Thank again,
Toby Adams
At 4:32am on May 13, 2008, Woo said…
Hey Steven,

I have tried to add a video, but for some reason it does not work. It seems to be working, but just keeps running and does not complete so I can add title etc. Any idea what I am doing wrong?It is in avi format...Woo

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