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.
Steven, If you don't already get the daily digest from firstname.lastname@example.org, 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!
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
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.
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
Thanks for the welcome, neighbor! I saw on your profile that your worms are munching on CSA veggies. We've been getting the box from Riverdog for the past 10 yrs (altho we're on a break right now) and all the trims go right to the worms. The fava bean shells make a nice nest for the wrigglers. Who knew?
Wow the group is up to 42 members thats amazing in such a short time. It just goes to show how really concerned people are about the state of the environment.
You started a great thing.
Kudos to you.
I think people don't realize how easy it is to do this indoors. As long as the food is "prepped" and controlled amounts of feeding, smell and fruit flies and excess moisture should be averted, or kept to a minimum.
My "routine" is to collect my food scraps in a container in the frig, chop everything when full, and freeze in plastic bags that are portioned to feeding. Thaw and keep at room temp a few days so that it is soft and breaking down and readily available for the worms.
The freezing prevents fruit flies, and the freezing and decomposition has the worms eating it quicker.
Just my 2cents, but it works for me.
Hi Steven, I am surprised too how few people have even heard about worm composting in our bleeding edge area. Maybe the convenient green bin and recycling pickup at home gives us all a sense of having done something good for the environment, and then we drive to Starbucks for another double.
I am so thrilled that you created this site for all of us. You are doing more than your share!
BTW, do you have heat issues even though you're inside? It gets hot in Oakland/Berkeley area. How do you protect the little wriggly ones?
Hello! Yes, I'd like to start an organic recycling business using vermicomposting. While I figure out the details and navigate the small business start-up world, I have my co-workers collecting their fruit/veggie scraps for worm food in "worm bowls" I've distributed to them. Eventually, I'd like to collect from larger facilities like schools, hospitals, and grocery stores.
Thanks for the welcome- this looks like a cool place!
Thanks so much for starting this community! It's great to be able to share news about my little wiggling friends! And to connect with others interested in making a greener footprint. These worms are so amazing! I'm so glad to be part of this!
Steven, Do people have to register separately for the map and for this site? I think that's what I had to do and I don't know if everyone realizes that. You might mention it on the front page if it's true. (and on the front page of vermicomposters.com - the map).
I was bored and 'lurking'. Someone who is new to the site left a comment for you recently in the mailbox for 'Steve'. It should be the post just under mine.
I just don't know if some realize that it would be nice if they do both. What got me thinking was seeing certain pictures on the vermicomposters.com as new and then weeks later, seeing them on vermicomposters.ning.com as new. If there's any way you can tell those that are only one one site that they can join the other one too, that might help. Of course, both sites seem to be doing pretty well on their own!
After signing on to the map, I clicked on _forums_ etc. and was confused as to why I had to sign in again. Maybe you already say that somewhere and I missed it.
BTW - as you can tell from my involvement, I'm absolutely thrilled with this site and hope it doesn't make too much busy work for you. Of course, we have so much trouble leaving our worms alone to do their thing! Every time I want to look at my worms, I go to the computer instead. I get worried they're not eating enough and try to look and see if I've had a mass die-out. All I see is lots of worms that were happy a second ago and are now in a state of panic. Sigh.
Are you putting out any money for this site? If so, I'm sure a few of the most active would be more than willing to help out. I know you don't want to tell the whole group and possibly turn a lot of people off (oh, great, another comercial site that I thought was just a good resource.) Let me know if I can help.