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

Native to Tennessee, Hope fell in love with urban farming while majoring in Nutrition/Dietetics at UT Chattanooga. She volunteered at an urban farm there for two years and gleaned (pun intended!) bushels of knowledge about harvesting & planting, CSA box coordination, farmers market stands, school field trips, farm-to-table and more. When Hope moved to Los Angeles in late 2014, she began volunteering with EnrichLA and soon after became a Ranger. She loves sharing with her elementary students the hands-on experience of gardening, finding bugs, composting and eating from the garden. The expression of glee on the students' faces when they discover a new critter or favorite vegetable is the best part of Hope's day! One day, she hopes to be a real farmer in the country but for now is glad to be learning the ins-and-outs of inner-city farming.