Reading 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’
Today I will be loading two Wonder Worman Super Composting Worm Bin packages and heading south to Rosland Elementary School in La Pine. They were granted the resources from the Environmental Center’s Earth Smart Grant to purchase supplies. The Earth Smart Grant is funded by various local organizations and awarded to schools that plan on reducing their waste by either increasing their recycling efforts or composting.
Visiting schools is the best part of my job. The kids are amazing! The smiles, squeals and laughter upon seeing and holding the red wigglers makes my efforts so worth it! Pictures to come soon!
Cool wigglings happening in Tumalo!
This is my third year working with Tumalo Community School. For the past two years, they were vermicomposting in a few classrooms, but this year they have decided to include the rest of the school community with the eagerness of Mr. W. The school received grants through the Environmental Center to purchase worms and other educational materials. This year they decided to “go big” with a Wonder Worman Super Composting Bin to accomodate all of the waste. I was more than happy to jump aboard, deliver the bin and donate my time in the cafeteria to get the program wiggling. For the past 4 days, I have been roaming the cafeteria collecting fruit and veggie scraps while educating the kids along the way. The students are avoiding the trash can if they have usable food waste and dumping it into the wiggler bucket. It’s awesome to see them make the connection, and soon they will be ready to take the wiggling reigns.
My plan is to continue visiting during the lunch hour for the remainder of the week. Then reduce my time to once a month to check on the wigglers.
Spring is the time when I begin to think about my raised flower and vegetable beds, potted plants, budding trees, poking perennials and, OF COURSE, harvesting my valuable, super rich red wiggler castings. My Red Wigglers have been munching and pooping for months and are ready to move into some comfy, fresh bedding.
I am ready to get my hands dirty – are you? If you’re a vermicomposter in Bend and prefer keeping your hands worm poop free, but still want to reap the rewards of your red wigglers, I’ve got a solution for you! At the request of several local vermicomposters, I will now be providing a Spring “cleaning” service to make sure your worms are good to go for the upcoming growing season. Presenting:
Wonder Worman’s Wiggler Waste Withdrawal Spring Special
I have packed up my worm bin replenishing supplies to visit your home or ranch in the Bend area. I will be armed with:
- Shredded newspaper
- Moisture tester (my finger)
- Scent analyzer (my nose – sorry Basset Hounds not available)
- pH tester (this is actually a real scientific instrument)
- Peat moss
- Fly paper (if needed)
And there are two packages to choose from:
Economy Worman Package – $29
- Check the pH of your worm bin and advise accordingly
- Check for any unwanted bugs
- Removal of said bugs
- Replenish the bed spread (the bed covering)
Deluxe Worman Package – $49
This includes all the steps in package #1 plus the following:
- Sift and bag your nutrient rich compost
- Replenish your bedding
- Return your wigglers to their newly remodeled home
There you have it. :^)
If you would like to schedule a day, call me or send me an email.
Today I attended an assembly at Little a’s school, High Lakes. I received an email from her teacher this morning inviting me to see her get an award for positive behavior. I was psyched to go and see the ceremony! I arrived on time, took my seat and waited for her class to arrive in the auditorium.
Remember those days as a kid?! I sure do! I loved assemblies. A change in the schedule meant less work and more time to socialize with your friends. woohoo!
First on the docket was the presentation of the awards. I thought we’d be out soon, but I was soooooooo wrong, BUT pleasantly surprised. The music teacher called a group of 4/5th graders up to the stage to do a Broadway Ensemble!!!! Holy Cow! I was in heaven! NYC! NYC! I couldn’t believe it because just yesterday I wrote a post about a dream job in NYC! So for the next 20 minutes, I was whisked off to NYC, listening to the sounds of the Lion King, Rent, and Wicked! What a show! My toes were tapping and my leg was a-swinging! “Five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes! I just can’t wait to be KING!!!” They were terrific…. After the musical, we were dismissed back to our classes. Oh wait!…not me! The kids were dismissed, and I had to wait in the hall until school was over!
While checking the art work and fun stuff, I saw this simple yet effective teacher made poster on the wall! Way to go High Lakes! I love, love, love seeing reminders to recycle. This sign raises the awareness of the students and staff. It makes you think before you toss. This is similar to the sign at Mt.Bachelor except it’s a bit more detailed.
There’s just one item on this list that I want to change! One of Wonder Worman’s missions! Can you find it? I’ll give you about 5 seconds to scan and answer……Ready, Set, GO! 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…..Times UP!
I want to move the Food!!!! to the recycling side and create a side that writes “Put in the Compost Bucket!”
Soon, Soon, soon! Patience WW! Patience!!
One school at a time……. (Tumalo Community School is on the horizon)
Maybe I can get an award for displaying patience! ….nah, there’s no time for that!