Composting With Worms: Indoor Vermicomposting Demystified
Taught by Jonathan Riedel
Jonathan Riedel hails from Fort Myers, FL and has long had an acute interest in how worms turn organic matter into dirt. He currently has a worm bin (collectively named "Wally") under his kitchen sink, and recently became a certified Community Composter by the Lower East Side Ecology Center. In the vacant lot next to his Harlem apartment, Jonathan is working with city officials to start a community garden. When he is not composting (or teaching about it), Jonathan can either be found working at a non-profit in Brooklyn as a legal advocate for New Yorkers affected by illness or managing his language translations company.
Composting can seem too hard for the average citizen, but in this class, you’ll learn how easy it can be. We’ll talk through the basics of indoor vermicomposting (composting with worms) and how you can do your part to reduce your food waste. Each participant will construct a bin, fill it with bedding, add some red wiggler worms, and watch them go to work!
Soil science - What is composting, actually? What's a macro-organism? What things are nitrogen-rich and carbon-rich?
Benefits of composting - How exactly are my food scraps saving the planet? What if I'm nervous about rats/roaches/odor?
Bin construction - What kind of worms do I need? Do I use plastic or wood? What about drainage?
Bin Maintenance - What materials can I add and not add, and in what ratio? How much can I add and how often?
Harvesting - Can I grow flowers in it? Can I give it away? Should I rub it on my face because it looks so good?
Troubleshooting - So many mites! Funky smell! Worms trying to escape!
And finally, you can ask all the questions you want about worm composting. Allay your fears, convince your friends, and walk away with superior knowledge about managed decomposition--as well as a fully constructed worm bin to put under your sink!
We'll provide the bins and worms, but please bring some food scraps (just basic vegetable scraps, no fruits, grains, dairy, etc. for now) and bedding (old newspaper, paper, cardboard (toilet paper and paper towel rolls) with you to class. The finished bin will measure 23.6 x 16.4 x 6.5 inches.