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COMMUNITY: Vermicomposting (Worm Compost) workshop
October 15, 2012 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm| $28
Please join us for a worm composter workshop where you will learn and build your own worm composter that you can take home at the end of the course.
Beyond buying local food, part of food security and sustainability is to acquire all the required growing materials, including fertilizer, soil and seed, locally. According to sustainabletable.org, as much as forty percent of energy used in the food system goes towards the production of artificial fertilizers and pesticides. And according to the Soil Conservation of Canada on a fact sheet on “Global Warming and Argriculture: Fossil Fuel”, nitrogen-based fertilizers contribute directly to global warming. Making and transporting one kilogram of nitrogen in a fertilizer releases 3.7 kg of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
The cost of the course is $28 dollars and $18 if you bring your own tote bins. Be SURE to RSVP and indicate whether you will bring a bin or not so that we know how many bins we need to supply.
Also, please bring some work gloves if you don’t want to directly handle coffee grinds and worms.
Requirements for the bins: large roughneck bin with a fitted rubber lid made out of durable rubber, and either a lid or a smaller bin that the large bin can sit inside for drainage.
If we could make fertilizer out of food and yard waste with composting worms such as red wigglers and perhaps take our sewage waste and convert it to commercial fertilizer, we can significantly reduce our carbon emissions. Making artificial fertilizers out of petroleum products shipped from half way around the world, just doesn’t make a lot of sense.