Vermiculture | Foster

I had the pleasure of being alongside a fabulous Intern today who was such a help to me whilst teaching the kids at Foster about Vermiculture. I’d taught them about COMPOST a few times, which a few students remembered. But this is such a complicated subject that today I thought I’d take a different approach: worm farming. We all know that worms are our friends in the garden but why? What do they do for the earth that deserves so much credit?

I’m glad you asked 🙂

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For their little brain and predictable life, worms are remarkable creatures. Never criticize such monotony for we MUST rely on these animals to take care of an earth, which we fail to nurture day in and day out. Worms are responsible for many things; today we focused on the fact that these pink wiggly animals are DECOMPOSERS – they decompose plant matter into soil (worm poop = worm castings). This soil is rich is nitrogen which gives an extra boost of nutrition to the plants to allow them to grow strong and quickly.

Together, the students learned about the anatomy of a worm – the journey of an apple from the worm’s mouth to its tail – and also what worms eat.

‘Twas a day of discoveries and giggles!

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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.