The next generation of Vermicomposters is coming!

cssu_logo_500Reading comments from a group of enthusiastic students was an amazing treat!  While at my day job, I checked my phone to find 10 plus comments from, what I’d like to call, “The Future Vermicomposters of Our Amazing Planet”!  Way to go young ones! Thanks for getting my Wonder Worman brain in action.  It has been a while since I have blogged and am so happy to be inspired by young, earth loving minds!

These young ones must have an amazing teacher!  Each comment began with a positive statement and ended with a well, thought out question!  What a great way to make someone feel heard and an even better way to get a quick reply.  Well done!  Some of the questions were precious, “Who is Max and Carlos?” “Is Carlos your Hubers?” (thanks for that question!  I will forever refer to Carlos as my hubers!) Some were thought provoking, “Why did you start composting with worms?” “How did you feel the first time you watched the Earth video?”

I happily replied to each of the questions and thanked them for their comments!  I really don’t know too much about the school and it’s philosophy, but I do know they compost in the classroom and have a group of young ones who care a bunch for our planet!  Way to go!

Keep on wormin’


Wigglers have good taste in food and art!

During the Halloween season, thump coffee had a fun project for those who wanted to participate in the “Day of the Dead” art walk. They offered up markers and compostable cups to thumpers to ghoulishly decorate. Many created skulls and halloweenish themed pictures.  I collected these cups knowing red wigglers loved to chomp on them!  I weeded through the cups which were not completely covered with markers and tossed them.  I was not sure how the worms would react? Would they love them or be killed?
So with this in mind, I first soaked the cups in a bucket of water.

Then I drained the colored water and did a refill.

After about two or three batches of rinses, I called it quits and left the cups to soak for a few days. Blah, I was done!

After the soaking, I introduced the red wigglers along with established compost into the bucket with the cups.  The cups were quite moist to help with the decomposition. Can you spot the wigglers?
Finally,I covered them with a blanket of leaves to keep them cozy and warm.  They are now munching out in my garage.

Yummy Strawberries

Wow!  Our strawberries are so tasty.  This year, I didn’t tend the garden as much as last year.  We bought the strawberry starters last year and incorporated the soil with 40 pounds of worm castings.  Unfortunately we forgot to put up a screen to keep the critters away, and they had a feast. This season, I top dressed the garden with 2 inches of worm castings.  As you can see, we didn’t put up a screen to keep away the deer.  I am not sure why they haven’t been in our yard.  I’m thinking the dogs in the hood have kept them away!  Any way, WE have been enjoying the berries.

This morning the kids decided to wash the car so I went to get them set up. While they were arguing about the hose, the soap, the sponges…blah, blah, blah….I went to the garden, grabbed some berries and shoved them into their mouths!  It helped for a few seconds….. Then I got my phone and snapped these pictures.



One more left!

I have one more bin left!  The dimensions are 4′ x 2′ x 1′.  I would love to deliver and set up this beautiful and locally made worm bin for $155.  This includes free delivery in the Bend area (call for specifics), worm bedding, and a pound of Red Wigglers!

Check out my website for more info.


Castings for the Center

The Environmental Center is a fabulous place to learn about environmental choices and grow into an Earth Loving Person. The hard working staff at the center is devoted to the environment in a variety of ways! Check out their site for a list of what they do!

Educating the young kiddos in our schools is the most valuable asset to the center’s program.  They stress the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling one’s own waste.  When visiting the schools, they educate by using hands on materials. Whether they are bringing in trash to create something usable or sharing Red Wigglers to learn the value of composting, they are sharing their love for the planet.

Another piece of their pie is The Kansas Avenue Learning Garden,a new project this year.  They are creating a beautiful space filled with many raised garden beds, composting units and areas for learning to take place.  Last week when I dropped off my Red Wiggler castings, Denise was showing a group of second graders how to sift through the compost created by Red Wigglers.


They were using this air vent grate to sift out the Red Wigglers and large pieces of material which wasn’t quite composted.  This material and wigglers were then put back into the worm bin and the valuable casting were stored for later use in the garden beds.  I thought this was a very clever way to reuse an air vent!  I hope to get my hands on one soon.  I will visit Packit, the local salvage center.

I am so grateful for the Environmental Center!  They provide so much to the community and to my business.  Many of my clients are referrals from my friends at the center.  WE are doing our best to reduce the amount of usable waste that heads to the landfill!