Friday, October 3, 2014

CLP Special Guest: Shadyside Worms

Recently, ALEC had quite a few interesting guests. They liked to crawl and hide in the dirt. And they especially enjoy turning human food into natural fertilizer for plants! Who were these special guests? Take a look for yourself.

We were all excited to have the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh invite Tom from Shadyside Worms to teach us about a special type of composting that uses worms, vermiculture.

Composting is the process of turning organic matter, or food, into fertilizer for gardening. There are many ways to turn food waste into compost and we were amazed to find out that worms just happen to be really great at decomposing leftovers and food waste, like banana peels, coffee grinds, and potato skins. When the worms decompose this food they create worm castings which can be added directly to the soil we use to grow yummy fruit and vegetables!

Our students had a great time guessing what worms can eat and what they can’t. There is so much to learn about composting and worms. Tom taught us to appreciate worms for all the hard work they do!

Before we go, we have news about composting here at ALEC.  *drum-roll*  We now have our very own compost bin! So, stay tuned for updates about our composting journey.

- Corey

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