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October 2009 Blog Posts (13)

Community Supported Agriculture

I was invited to attend a new member orientation at Gamble Creek Farm in Parrish, Florida on Saturday morning. We joined the farm membership program to ensure that we have a reliable source of locally grown vegetables.



The farm has a large variety of hydroponically grown vegetables with weekly harvests beginning within… Continue

Added by bpearcy10 on October 25, 2009 at 4:13pm — 7 Comments

Do You Know Where Your Food Comes From?

I spent 5 minutes at the local grocery store this afternoon conducting an informal survey. This survey was meant to validate an article I read on Huffington Post earlier today.



A short quiz (answers below) --



1. Where does salmon come from?



2. Where do artichoke hearts come from?



3. Water chestnuts?



4. Cactus?



5.… Continue

Added by bpearcy10 on October 25, 2009 at 3:07pm — 6 Comments

BSFL bin - 2 week update

It's only been 2 weeks, but so far neither excessive moisture or smell has been a problem. Since I regularly add coffee grounds, the predominant smell is coffee-ish. It doesn't smell like worm compost, but there's nothing close to offensive about the smell...so far. :-)



I'm on the 3rd version of my DIY BSFL bin. I've modified it to a bin-within-a-bin design. The smaller bin houses the feeding area. This 5 gal. bin always has condensation on the walls. The mature grubs easily crawl up… Continue

Added by Andrew from California on October 24, 2009 at 4:35pm — 10 Comments

1st to escape!

I found my first escapee this morning. S/he was about 8 ft away from the bin, all dry and wiggling with regret. Five months with only one getting out is not that bad. Especially since we get them out a lot and we could have actually left it out ourselves. The babies are so small, I'm never sure that I have gotten all of them back in. I'm just thankful I'm the one who found it!

Added by Paponda on October 20, 2009 at 4:43am — No Comments

Can I get an honest group opinion ??

I have been worm farming for a little while and now setting up a non profit organization to form a cooperative of worm farmers in the USA. I have finally completed my website and need some input on what others think of it.



Please be as honest as you can but try not to be too brutal as I am still kind of new at this.



I think things are going well since i have the college in my area to back me with a meeting of our local government to bring this to a larger scale locally so… Continue

Added by mikeschieck on October 19, 2009 at 9:01pm — 40 Comments

The Great Migration

I stopped adding food to my first earth worm bin on October 1. I've put my second homemade bin, bottom full of holes on top of it, added newspaper and a little food. Worms were actually starting to travel to the new bin inside of a week. This setup is in my unheated garage. It's cover is an old t-shirt. I'm wondering if when it gets much colder, I can put the plastic lid back atop the bin to hold in heat. I don't know whether this will happen or it will just prevent evaporation, leaving the… Continue

Added by Anna Rich on October 19, 2009 at 3:23pm — No Comments

Sustainable Farming

We have implemented vermicomposting into our household and used the vermicast to plant our square foot gardening project. Next, I'd like to add aquaculture coupled with hydroponics/aeroponics to form the third portion of our strategy. My difficulty is that I live a restrictive subdivision so I'd have to formulate a system that is compact, but effective at the same time.



I discovered Growing Power in May of this year and… Continue

Added by bpearcy10 on October 18, 2009 at 2:19pm — 2 Comments

Splitting my worm bin into 2 bins

After 3 months in an indoor Rubbermaid setup, I decided to move half of my worms into a second bin in the hopes of getting them to reproduce more quickly and consume more kitchen waste over the winter. After posting a few questions on the forums, I thought I would try to just move some adults to the new bin this morning and see how it goes.



After about 5 minutes of trying to pull adults from the bedding and castings, I gave up and started pulling hunks of damp bedding/worms/castings… Continue

Added by Tony D on October 15, 2009 at 9:46am — 4 Comments

BSFL experiment: The grubs have arrived!

My curiosity about BSFL was too great to wait until next year to seed my own local colony. So I cheated and bought a "BSF multi-stage starter kit" from Jerry at blacksoldierflyblog.com. The kit includes hundreds of juvenile & mature grubs along with a "hatchery" that contains a few clutches of eggs (hopefully another 2,000 juvenile grubs in a few weeks) and the baby grubs born in the 2 days it took to get to CA from GA.



Here's an unpacking video that shows the grubs & my… Continue

Added by Andrew from California on October 12, 2009 at 11:30pm — 15 Comments

My life as a vermicomposter: a short history

About 10 yrs. ago (maybe longer), I bought a county-subsidized Wriggly Wranch Worm system (WWW) and stocked it with a pound of worms. Despite (I'm ashamed to say) mostly neglect, the worm herd survived through the years. Several months ago the WWW was knocked over by an animal (dog, raccoon or possum). I didn't notice this in time and the herd was no more.



My sister, who is involved with her kids' school food recycling efforts, asked me for my now empty worm bins. I figured she'd be… Continue

Added by Andrew from California on October 6, 2009 at 9:00pm — 4 Comments

It's taken me a year but I've got clever worms!!

I was very excited about celebrating 1 year of having worms and was just starting to think I've got the hang of things when they brought me to my knees with a great big bang.Since I've moved my bins outside into a shady spot in my vegetable garden I've really seen their numbers increase drastically and I can only attribute that to only checking in on them twice a week...Yes it is possible!But last week something extra-ordinary happened.I got up from my computer after visiting the website… Continue

Added by Lizette Janse van Vuuren on October 6, 2009 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

Flow Through Bin variation: transparent & modular

Hello, everyone. This is my first post. In fact, this is the first time I've joined a social networking site. I've refused dozens of requests from friends around the world to join Facebook, etc. and instead I join a group focused on worms. I can just imagine what my friends will say. :-)



I've been inspired to attempt a DIY Flow Through (FT) bin after reading the hundreds of posts in the multiple "My flow through bins" threads. Thanks to everyone who documented their… Continue

Added by Andrew from California on October 5, 2009 at 8:00pm — 23 Comments

Been a while since checked in...

Yesterday I spent about 3.5 hours doing maintenance to my bin... I started off with only about 15 smalls holes in the bottom(I remember reading 100's would be better) So I shifted bin contents from one side to the other, lifted up the screen, drilled about 100+ holes and re-hot glue gunned the screen down and around.



I was surprised at just how many worms I saw, and I also think they've gotten bigger because there were a lot of little ones last time. There was also a decent amount of… Continue

Added by Michael on October 4, 2009 at 6:30am — No Comments

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