On today’s episode we hear from Luke Malski of Reformation Growers as he explains how vermicomposting benefits our food and soil.
Vermicomposting is a process that allows worms to turn food scraps and other decomposable foods into nutrient rich soil, right under a kitchen sink. Worm bins come in a few different styles and can fit anywhere in a home, porch or yard. WMEAC began vermicomposting in early February, you can find our worms in an office closet.
Vermicomposting is not a new process. Worms are decomposers and have always kept the earth’s soil healthy and nutrient rich. But with the rise of commercial fertilizers, worms are often deprived of their natural ability to create nutrient rich, black humus. Food enthusiasts and farmers like Luke often distrust big business fertilizers because of petroleum usage and a low-quality end product. Rather than buying into big business fertilizers, Malski trusts the decomposing experts, “Worm castings are the best fertilizers you can get. You can make it yourself and they are available locally,” says Luke.
Vermicomposting is quickly growing in popularity as more people seek nutritious foods and understand that worms are better decomposers than people with machines and chemicals. “The best foods that you can grow comes from good quality soil, and good quality soil comes from good quality compost,” emphasizes Luke.
In addition to selling produce, Reformation Growers also sells worms for vermicomposting bins. Worms can be bought directly from Luke, or from Treehuggers in Eastown.
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A Watershed Moment” is a weekly radio program focused on environmental news and happenings in West Michigan, plus solutions for living a greener life. Broadcast on WYCE-FM 88.1 on Tuesdays at 8:30am and 5:30pm, this program is produced by Grand Rapids Community Media Center and West Michigan Environmental Action Council.