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An Incredible Story of Regeneration: Vermicomposting

October 22, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


worm_handAre you interested in reducing food waste and learning about healthy soil? Would you like a composting system free of smelliness, fruitflies and raccoons that you can maintain in your apartment, house or backyard? Come learn about vermicomposting and get over the “ew” factor of worms, and into the “ooooh” factor of livings soil.

Vermicomposting is the use of specific worms to convert organic waste into compost. It is different than traditional composting because the worms speed up the composting process while bypassing smelliness and unwanted critters and producing high quality nutrient rich compost that is ideal for your plants and gardens. Vermicomposting is better than using a city green bin because it reduces methane emissions from landfills and provides you with healthy soil from your old food and paper waste.

In this workshop we will make vermicomposting bins and start up the composting process using newspaper, starter soil, red wriggler worms and some compost. We will talk through the methods of care and maintenance, plus and go through trouble shooting strategies.


From this workshop you will learn…

  • How to maintain a vermicomposting system, including moisture content, pH levels, carbon to nitrogen ratios, contaminants and troubleshooting
  • How to keep the worms happy, so they continue to thrive in your urban worm farm
  • Why vermicomposting is even better than just throwing it in the green bin

You will want to attend this workshop if…

  • You are interested in sustainable living through food waste reduction in your home or business
  • If you want to know why vermicomposting doesn’t smell while normal composting does
  • If you are a gardener, plant, or soil enthusiast
  • If you fish and want an free source of bait
  • If you own chickens and want a cheap high protein feed

You will receive…

  • Your own urban worm farm start-up kit, and the skills necessary to maintain a complete vermicomposting system
  • Access to a network and support system of individuals interested in vermicomposting
  • An extensive information package that can help with troubleshooting down the road


When: Thursday October 22, 6-8pm

Where: TBA

Cost: $15

Methods of Registration: Eventbrite (below) or you can pay by cheque, cash, or e-transfer prior to the workshop. Email Ami at


natalie vermijess vermi goodNatalie Vasilivetsky and Jessica Wojcik

Based out of the Sustainability Office at the University of Guelph, Natalie and Jessica are on a lifelong anti-waste mission and have united to spread the word about the myriad benefits of vermicomposting. They are a part of various Zero Waste initiatives, which include turning coffee grounds into compost, and maintaining a small Free Store. They are part of a team currently in the process of reviving the Guelph Vermicomposting Network out of hibernation. On a lovely day such as this, they can be found scheming about how to reuse anything and everything, talking about worms, and eating too many avocados.


Cancellation Guidelines

  • Minga will provide a 100% refund for workshops cancelled by Minga.
  • If a registrant cancels a workshop with more than 48 hours notice, a 100% refund will be issued.
  • If a registrant cancels with less than 48 hours notice or does not show up, no refund will be issued.
  • The above policies apply for pre-registered workshops. Refunds or credits will not be issued for a missed class.

* Please note that we’ll be sending out information about specifics of the workshop a few days before the workshop, including a reminder of what to bring.


October 22, 2015
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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