Compost is organic matter that has been broken down or decomposed. Food scraps, coffee grinds, paper, wood, leaves, and grass clippings are all examples of organic matter that can be composted. Compost is a key ingredient in organic farming and maintaining thriving soil fertility.
There is nothing wrong with traditional composting, but when you’re goal is to produce the healthiest food possible, adding worms to the process will generate a far superior soil than without.
Vermicompost is the soil produced by composting using worms. Here’s how it works: the worms eat the organic matter, and what they excrete is a more refined, enhanced, and bioavailable version of that matter. Instead of having bacteria and fungus breaking down your compost, you are now employing bacteria, fungus and worms to do the job.
The worm excretions, also called worm castings, unlock some of the nutrients that traditional composting cannot. Also contained in the worm excretions are mucous, secreted from their body walls. As Author Mike McGrath said in his 2012 Ted Talk, “The material they [worms] put out their back end, is more nutrient dense than the material they took in their front end”.
How to Start Your Own Vermicompost Farm
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|The Worm Cafe: Mid-Scale Vermicomposting of Lunchroom Wastes||Vermicompost like a Pro|