|Vermicompost photo from IU Kelley School of Business.|
Vermicompost Project Proposal for Better Farm
Mission: Design, construct and operate a scalable vermicomposting system to be located at Better Farm for the following purposes.
- Develop a low-cost vermicomposting system that is scalable for municipal and commercial use.
- Test which combinations of organic materials demonstrate the quickest decomposition times.
- Test which combination of organic materials offers the highest composted nutrient yields.
- Test which environment(s) including temperature, aeration frequency, moisture content etc. provide the quickest decomposition times.
- Develop a low cost, scalable system for converting worm casings (poop) from composting into liquefied organic fertilizer.
Project Scope: Conduct research and field Studies of existing vermicomposting operations in New York State and surrounding areas to identify a system design that meets the project goals. Construct the vermicomposting system (will need project support to complete this step). Acquire Red (Earth) Worms for vermicomposting. Partner with local households, farms, food stores etc. to haul away their organic waste for vermicomposting on Better Farm. Partnerships will be designed to benefit all parties involved, with a dual goal of promoting Better Farm's existing outreach and community engagement efforts. Operate and maintain vermicomposting system on Farm for duration of project.
Additional Information: If the amount of organic soil and or liquefied fertilizer exceeds practical use on the farm, soil and/or fertilizer will be sold. All activities related to the construction of a vermicomposting system, including partnering with individuals and other organizations in the community, will adhere to the mission of Better Farm and principles of the Better Theory.