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Worm Cafe

Worm CafeBinet Payne's Worm Cafe documents her journey to keep her school's food waste out of the landfill.  She got other teachers, students, and cafeteria staff on board to collect their food and paper waste and process it through four medium-sized worm bins.  During the first school year, her 400 student school composted 3600 pounds of cafeteria waste (and a bunch of paper) and saved $6,000 in dumpster fees.  Meanwhile, the school was able to grow some of their own food using the worm castings and the kids were involved in hands on science.

Even if you're not ready to take on the lead role in turning a local school's waste into black gold, Worm Cafe is a great book for any budding vermiculturalist to read.  As you'll see in this week's lunchtime series, Binet Payne's book is invaluable if you're interested in expanding beyond the little kitchen worm bin or even if you just want to know more about how worms work.  Stay tuned for all of the details of Binet Payne's mid-scale vermicomposting project.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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