We grow worms by feeding them our kitchen scraps, mostly fruit and vegetable peels. The result of the worms' digestive process is called worm castings or vermicompost.
It's become quite a big trend across the U.S. and around the world. Even the big box stores sell vermicompost in gallon jugs.
New Yorkers have their own vermicomposting blog, in India women entrepreneurs are supporting themselves with vermicompost ventures and an Internet search on the topic takes you everywhere!
One of the big pushes for vermicomposting at home is based in the reality that 30% of landfill could be fed to worm bins and the resulting organic fertilizer used to improve the land.
Extension.org reports that in their study, vermicomposting pig waste results in fewer problems with runoff, fewer pollutants and bigger vegetables when using the vermicompost as soil amendment. It's a double win.
Your reward for reading this far is a clever and funny You Tube animated video about a marvelous and magical compost bin.
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There are lots of informative You Tube videos on the topic of vermicomposting whether you want to learn how to set up a bin, feed the worms or harvest the black gold castings.
When you are listing New Year's Resolutions, add a worm bin to your 2009 activities to show your love for the health of planet earth.