Category: NCSU Vermiculture Conference

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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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 …

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

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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 …

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

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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 …

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

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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 …

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

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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 …

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

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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 …

NCSU Vermiculture Conference topic: The Utilization of Vermicomposts in Horticulture Read More »

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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 …

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

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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 …

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

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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 …

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

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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 …

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

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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 …

NCSU Vermiculture Conference Notes: Market Development, Strategies and Realities Read More »

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 …

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

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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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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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