6 Stories that Led People to Worm Composting


Stories that led People to Worm Composting

1. A young mom had never composted before but wanted to start. She also wanted to  involve her young kids in composting. A large outdoor compost pile would have been very difficult for her kids to participate with but they love feeding, playing with, and showing their friends their red wiggler worms in their worm composting bin.
2. A couple recently moved from their house to a condo. While in their house they composted their food scraps in an outdoor compost pile in their backyard. Without a yard at their condo they needed an alternative method for composting. Worm composting is a perfect fit for this couple because it can be done in a small space (indoors or out) and provides extremely nutrient-rich compost that can be used on house or patio plants.
3. After composting for years at home, a young man couldn’t bear to toss the coffee grounds from the employee break room at work in the trash. He tried taking them home to compost but quickly grew frustrated transporting wet coffee grounds (even though his car smelled great!). He learned how to worm compost and started keeping a bin under his desk at work. He eventually told his boss and co-workers and the whole office started saving the food scraps from their lunches to feed the composting red worms.

Worm Composting in the Classroom
Worm Composting in the Classroom

4. An elementary school teacher wanted to teach her students about lifecycles in a creative, engaging way. Maintaining and turning a compost pile is too much work for her young kindergarten students. So, the teacher and students set up a classroom worm bin that the students take care of. They love to feed the worms the left overs from their snacks and the teacher uses the bin as a science teaching tool.
5. After years of falling short, a backyard gardener wanted to finally out grow his neighbor. He learned of the benefits of using nutrient-rich worm castings in his organic garden and decided to start a worm bin. Amending his soil with vermicompost (worm castings) led to his best tomato crop ever and he was hooked for life (and so was his neighbor!).
6. A group of college students wanted to decrease their negative impact on the Earth. Their research told them that in order to compost the large amount of food scraps from their dining hall kitchen in traditional compost piles they would have to set up a commercial composting facility with backhoes and windrow turners to turn the piles. Or, they can purchase (or make) a large scale worm composting bin that requires less maintenance and costs much less.

If you are in a similar situation, worm composting may be a good fit. To continue learning about worm composting and vermicomposting read:

Start Here – If you are brand new to worm composting, welcome! This is the place to start!