In the month of April, we composted 304 lbs of food and paper waste. With the weather beginning to warm *sorta*, I prepped for the growing season. This involved building two raised beds and constructing a hoop house out of PVC pipe (see below), as well as starting some seedlings. We wrapped up our worm casting seedling trials, but have yet to finish analyzing the results, so stay on the lookout for those.
I visited Anderson Urban Farm, a neat community garden space owned by the township's Historical Society. They have 36 garden plots that townships residents can rent and a chicken coop cared for by community members. They are planning to reinvigorate their worm bin and agreed to partner with us as a drop off spot in the coming months.
If I had to sum up April in one experience it would be selling worm castings. Between March and April, I sold 100 gallons of worm castings--my whole stock. Thankfully as long as the worms keep eating, they keep pooping, so more worm castings are on the way. However, I was shocked to sell out! I expected the worm castings to take at least a few months to gain interest, like the compost collection service did, but this was not the case. I figure it's a good problem to have, since it means I need more food waste.
Next month we will be selling castings, potting soil mixes, and offering compost collection at the Loveland and Montgomery Farmer's Markets (Tuesdays and Saturdays). If you are in the area, come check us out!
Fun Fact: Eisenia, the genus name of the European Nightcrawler and Red Wiggler, is also the genus name of a brown alga.