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Nature In Buckets - Saving plastic buckets from dumpsters and landfills. A concept for the community of Kincardine and Bruce Country, Ontario, Canada by the Agro-Ecology Council - Save Eath Save Lives Int'l (NGO)

 

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  Overview of Growing Earthworms - ("Bed temperatures, earthworm castings, good soil characteristics and tilth, earthworms in the garden and composting)

A worm that is our enemy ! - ("Esser (1981) discussed land planarians in Florida. He stated that in almost every month of the year specimens of grey to brown long flat worms with several dark stripes running down the back were submitted to the Nematology Bureau for identification and information concerning their biology.")

Indore Composting Method ("The Indore Composing Method is an ideal system for preparing organic manure or compost which replaces chemical fertilizers to enhance crop-yield, without any ill side-effects, was developed by The Centre of science for villages, Magan Sangrahalaya, Wardha- 442 001, Maharashtra, India.")

Basic Earthworm Biology (Earthworms are nature's clean-up crew, aiding in the production of lush, humus-rich topsoil from spent plant and animal materials. These elegantly efficient organisms have been on earth for hundreds of thousands of years longer than humankind, largely untouched by evolution due to their nearly perfect adaptation to their role in nature.)

The Formation of Vegetable Mould Through the Action of Worms with Observations on their Habit by Charles Darwin (INTRODUCTION. The share which worms have taken in the formation of the layer of vegetable mould, which covers the whole surface of the land in every moderately humid country, is the subject of the present volume.)

Composting with Redworms  (Many homeowners have some kind of home composting system in operation. However, people living in condominiums, apartments and other residences don't have a suitable place to start a compost pile. These people feel left out on a worthwhile cause, and need alternative ways to be part of the composting program.)

How to Store Worm Castings / Vermicompost  (In order to talk about optimal storage and moisture conditions for the finished product of a worm bin we first need to be on the same page as regards the nature of that finished product.)

The Benefits of Worm Castings, Compost and “Tea” (A nice cup of good, hot tea has for years been enjoyed as a restorative to the mind and body. Centuries ago human kind learned that the flavor and beneficial essence of certain plants could be drawn from their leaves, bark and roots by steeping them in water, sometimes fortifying the brew with a bit of milk and honey.)

What is humic acid? (Humic Acid is a Bio-stimulant derived from concentrated compressed carbon based organic materials in the form of leonardite shale.)

Worm Fattener Recipe (Worms are normally smaller because it is only fed with screened diary manure in order to maintain organic lab and certification tests.)

Earthworm Castings as Plant Growth Media (Several researchers have demonstrated that earthworm castings (vermicompost) have excellent aeration, porosity, structure, drainage, and moisture-holding capacity. This paper will discuss the effect of vermicompost on plant growth. The following is based upon the paper "The Potential of Earthworm Composts as Plant Growth Media," by Clive Edwards and Ian Burrows.)

Vermicomposts Versus Composts (Trials in soil and container media reveal some differences that may exist between vermicomposts and composts and point to a growing awareness of the potential importance of microbial activity in plant growth, by Scott Subler; Clive Edwards, and James Metzger.)

Earthworm Technical Papers (An annelid of the oligochaete class, the earthworm shows the well-developed segmentation that is characteristic of its phylum. Although the major nervous, circulatory, and digestive organs are located near the head, more posterior segments contain peripheral structures for all of these systems.)

Worms for Chicken Feed (Getting the worms to grow awhile before the chickens get to them is the goal on some free-range ranchettes. On others, getting an extractable supply of worms to feed to the chickens inside their coop is the goal.)

Some Common Vermicomposting Mistakes ( Factors leading to most mistakes to consider. )

How to make compost tea or "vermi-tea" with instructional video link" (Compost tea is an aerobically brewed liquid extract made from compost. Compost tea contains beneficial microorganisms and nutrients essential for plant and soil health.)

KISS Plan for Vermicomposting on a Modern Dairy or Horse Farm (The KISS - Keep It Simple & Save - plan for vermicomposting for farmers and others uses established methods (an extended windrow) and available equipment (a front end loader) to process large volumes of organic material into vermicompost.)

Fact Sheet One (What is the difference between composting with, or without worms?)

Manure Management - Have You Considered Composting? (Composting may be an option on large farms with a small land base or where an opportunity exists to market the product.)

Vermi-composting or Vemi-culture Sounds Too Good to be True  by S. Zorba Frankel and Kelly Slocum, from Worm Digest issue #32

VERMICAST Vs. CHEMICAL FERTILIZERS IN SOIL (Comparative Analysis)

Physical, Chemical & Biological Specifications of Vermicast (includes economic evaluation versus chemical fertilizer (figures India/currency Rupiah))
 

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Manual of On-Farm Vermicomposting and Vermiculture

If you have an interest in working with composting worms, this manual can provide you with the following:

A quick course on the basics of growing worms and using them to produce vermicompost. This includes lists of beddings and feed stocks, optimum environmental conditions and how to maintain them, troubleshooting hints, methods of calculating population increases and product quantities, etc.
An overview of vermicomposting systems. These range from simple windrow systems to the flow-through systems used in the United States to.....


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This captivating video zeroes in on the tiny organisms often seen but rarely identified in a worm bin. Under Warren's microscope, well-lit colorful, and in focus, busy little creatures such as springtails and mites amuse and entertain as they busily go about in search of food or shelter. Concise, interesting, and informative narration makes this video not only fun to watch, but another excellent teaching tool for all ages.

 

  Three creative educators collaborated to produce this guide for classroom and home. Centered around a classroom worm bin, this curriculum uses over 150 worm-related activities to develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills in children grades 4-8. Rich in content in "Wormformation" paragraphs integrates science, mathematics, language arts, biology, solid waste issues, ecology, and the environment in ways that draw children into the learning process. Three sections include "The World of Worms," "Worms at Work," and "Beyond the Bin." Includes 16 appendices, resource materials, teacher's guidelines, bibliography, glossary, and index. User has permission to photocopy for use in the classroom
     

  Worms are the latest (as well as, of course, perhaps the oldest!) trend in earth-friendly gardening, and in this handy guide, the authors of DEAD SNAILS LEAVE NO TRAILS demystify the world of worm wrangling, with everything you need to know to build your own worm bin, make your garden worm-friendly, pamper your soil, and much much more.
     

  Three creative educators collaborated to produce this guide for classroom and home. Centered around a classroom worm bin, this curriculum uses over 150 worm-related activities to develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills in children grades 4-8. Rich in content in "Wormformation" paragraphs integrates science, mathematics, language arts, biology, solid waste issues, ecology, and the environment in ways that draw children into the learning process. Three sections include "The World of Worms," "Worms at Work," and "Beyond the Bin." Includes 16 appendicies, resource materials, teacher's guidelines, bibliography, glossary, and index. User has permission to photocopy for use in the classroom.
 
 

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