Sunday, August 30, 2009
Worm Composting in Chicago
Worm Composting Catches on in Chicagoland
Urban Worm Girl at your service
by Iya Bakare
While recycling is a good way to reduce garbage that ends up in a landfill, composting in your own home with Mother Nature’s creepy crawlers can dramatically cut your trash even further and give you some hearty fertilizer to toss in your backyard or community garden. Vermiculture, also known as worm composting, is a modern form of composting that uses worms to transform the leftovers of organic matter into useful fertilizer. Stephanie Davies, founder of Urban Worm Girl, says the benefit of this type of composting technique does not require an outside garden, which is ideal for city residents who live in apartments or condos. “My goal was to bring this to an urban community so we can reap the benefits from composting and be the recipients of great fertilizer from it, which allows us to be more active participants in the circle of life,” adds Davies. “I wanted to bring worms into the city, which brings city dwellers back to the country.”
Free tips on getting started, which worms are best, what to feed them, and how to make them feel at home.
Links for the Week
Aug 30th Slow Food Chicago Pig Extravaganza, 3pm-7pm, 1800 W Fulton
Aug 30th Corks and Crayons “Menu Sampling”, 4pm-7pm, 1401 W Devon
Sept 2nd Backpacking & Camping with Infants and Toddlers, 6pm, Lincoln Park REISept 14th Vegan Style Night, 6pm-8pm, 1101 W Fulton Market
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