Athol Daily News – Vermicomposter Workshop at Athol Public Library

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Published: 04/29/2022 17:52:17

Modified: 04/29/2022 17:50:50

ATHOL – Join the Athol Public Library on Saturday, May 7 at 11 a.m. to learn how to make great garden soil with vermicomposting.

Julia Latady will present on composting using worm bins and using created soil to plant greens. She’ll have trash cans and worms for sale.

Learn how to set up your own home composting system. A well-maintained worm bin is a great way to reduce waste and create the best compost there is: worm poop. Latady will cover the basics of choosing a worm bin, introducing worms, feeding and harvesting vermicompost.

Wear clothes that can get messy, as participants will be digging for hands-on worm learning.

Participants are also encouraged to bring a recyclable plastic container (such as a berry container or take-out container) so that everyone can go home with their own recycled microgreen kit using the worm casts they harvest. whole.

A limited number of worm bins and starter worms may be available for purchase, as well as vermicomposting manuals and do-it-yourself microgreens grow kits.

Latady’s passion is connecting people (especially children) to the outdoors and where our food comes from. She worked as an environmental educator for Mass Audubon before creating an all-ages education program on a family farm outside of Boston. These days, Latady collects food waste from local cafes and markets to feed his composting team of wiggler red worms and laying hens in Leverett. She uses the worm casts to grow food year-round and to create microgreen kits so others can do it too. Latady aims to link her complementary backgrounds in wildlife ecology, nature-based early childhood education, and pottery with her explorations of micro-farming and community education.

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services – Dig-In Grant.

Registration is required for this event. Please register via https://athol.librarycalendar.com/event/worm-composting-program or by calling 978-249-9515. The Athol Public Library is located at 568 Main Street.

This workshop is free.

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