Learning about VermiCulture at Juan Cabrillo

Curtis Thomsen graciously visited Juan Cabrillo to teach over 100 kids about creating worm bins, what worms eat and the necessity/value of worm castings and worm tea.
Students from preschool to second grade attended the classes to listen about the diet that worms like to eat — worms are vegetarians! They have no teeth but they love eating soft foods like bananas, apples, pumpkins and lettuce. After eating these fruit and vegetable scraps, the worms excrete castings that are rich in nitrogen – a very important nutrient for plants.
Worms like to live in soil, or bedding, that is soft and light. Mr. Curtis showed us how to make worm bin bedding with coconut coir (the husk of a coconut pressed into a brick): We hydrated the brick in water, which then expanded into a big bowl of reddish-brown fibers. The kids ooh-ed and aah-ed that a small brick could fill up our entire worm bin!
Lastly, the kids got to see and hold some red wigglers. It was a really fun day learning with the kiddos…
Many thanks to Curtis Thomsen, Margaret Lynch (principal at Juan Cabrillo) and Dee Gustavson (who organized this day!)

- Ranger Hope and Volunteer Dee

– Ranger Hope and Volunteer Dee

Hope Cox

Hope is an urban farmer, garden educator and foodie transplanted from Tennessee to SoCal in 2014. She hopes to move out of the big city one day to pursue the life of a sustainable farmer; but in the meantime loves to teach elementary kids about how food is grown, nutritious and tasty recipes and connecting with nature.