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Tomato seed germination and planting experiment using vermicompost

This past fall I heard a talk about improved germination of seeds when they’re soaked in an extract or “tea” made of worm castings (notes on the talk are here). I tried my own experiment which I posted recently. The

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2013 NCSU Vermiculture Conference topic: Bring Life Back to the Soil: Vermicompost Tea Application

Final speaker of the conference: Dane Terrill, Flowerfield Enterprises. Here are my notes on the topic as added to this live blog of the weekend: Flowerfield Enterprises history, was overviewed (it was the late Mary Appelhof’s company — Mary was

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NCSU Vermiculture Conference topic – Evaluating Compost Extract Applications: Reflections from Laguna Blanca, Argentina

Speaker: Eric Carr, Rodale Institute. To start he thanked people from Laguna Blanca, Rodale Institute, and his family. In this presentation he will talk about evaluating compost materials on a large scale. Here are my notes: At the beginning of

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NCSU Vermiculture Conference topic: Effects on Plant Growth and Pest and Disease Suppression Using Vermicompost Aqueous Extracts (Teas)

Speaker: Norman Q. Arancon, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Horticulture, University of Hawaii, Hilo This work with vermicompost extracts was done at Ohio State University. Here are the key points I was able to take away from his talk: To

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NCSU Vermiculture Conference topic: Vermicomposting campus food residues in a Passive Solar Greenhouse in a cold climate

Speaker: Dr. John Biernbaum, Michigan State University Dept. of Horticulture where they have a year-round student run organic farm and CSA. Here are my notes from his talk: At Michigan State University they are trying to grow local and have

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Day 2 of NCSU Vermiculture Conference. Topic: Raising and Selling Worms, Castings, Compost Mixes and Soil Amendments

Speaker: John Stewart, The Worm Farm Started in 1994 and now sells over 100 different products. Originally a chicken ranch, then started making compost. Talk started with a joke: What’s the best advice to give to a worm? Get up

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NCSU Vermiculture Conference topic: The Utilization of Vermicomposts in Horticulture

Speaker: Norman Q. Arancon, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Horticulture, University of Hawaii, Hilo Much of today’s talk will build on chapters 9 and 10 of book available at this conference: Vermiculture Technology: Earthworms, Organic Wastes, and Environmental Management edited

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NCSU Vermiculture Conference topic: Vermiculture in India: Agriculture, Solid Waste Management and Habitat Restoration

Speaker: Peter Ash, StraightAsh Evironmental Solutions Here are my notes: Peter showed slides of different vermicomposting systems in India. Precomposting was done before adding worms. Cow dung was often composted. Common plant inputs include coconut husks and bamboo leaves. Showed

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NCSU Vermiculture Conference topic: Produce Distributor Vermicomposts Produce Scraps in Hand-built Bins

Speaker: Roger Grosswald, Re-Organics, Sustainable FoodCycling with Foster-Caviness Here are my notes on the talk: Re-Organics is a composting company that handles freight waste from produce industry freight-waste. They compost produce for nitrogen and food grade cardboard for carbon. They

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NCSU Vermiculture Conference topic – Construction and Commissioning of North America’s Largest Composting Facility

Tom Herlihy, RT Solutions, runs the largest agricultural vermicomposting facility in North America. Here are my takeaways from his talk: Company’s mantra for production: That it be consistent uniform and repeatable. Note: they produce compost as opposed to worms. About

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NCSU Vermiculture Conference topic: Pre-composting: 9.5 out of 10 Worms Recommend It

Speaker: Dr. Rob Rynk, State University of New York. Here are my notes: Precomposting food before feeding it to worms is often done with force-aerated composted bins. This has also been done for years in the mushroom growing industry. Reasons

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NCSU Vermiculture Conference Notes: Market Development, Strategies and Realities

Speaker: Ron Alexander of Alexander and Associates. Rhonda introduced him as the nation’s top vermiculture industry marketer. Here are some of the key points of his talk: Keys to marketing in our industry: Create a consistent product that you can

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NCSU Vermiculture Conference Topic: Earthworm Biology and Environmental Parameters of Importance

Speaker: Dr. John Biernbaum, Michigan State University Dept. of Horticulture where they have a year-round student run organic farm and CSA. Here are notes of things that I learned and took away: John’s done specific work on worm composting in

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2013 NCSU Vermiculture Conference Notes

Just getting an agenda and seat at the conference — it was a brisk but pretty walk to the hall. The introduction will be by Rhonda Sherman, from the Biological & Agricultural Engineering Department here at NC State University who

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NCSU Vermiculture Conference 2013: Live Blog!

Tomorrow Susan will be representing Red Wiggler Supply at the annual conference on the latest in vermiculture (worm composting) at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. Description: “A conference about earthworm farming and commercial vermicomposting taught by industry

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