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Vermicomposting Workshop

April 9 @ 11:00 am 12:30 pm

Join the Minority and Veteran Farmers of the Piedmont and Botanical Bites & Provisions, LLC on Saturday, April 9, 2022, from 11:00 am until 12:30 p.m., to learn about the benefits of vermicomposting at the George Washington Carver Center (Carver Center), located at 9432 N. James Madison Highway in Rapidan, Virginia 22733.

This in-person training session is designed to demonstrate and promote the basics of vermicomposting as a natural cost-effective method of recycling organic matter (e.g., like garden/farm and some forms of common kitchen waste) and transforming it into productive soil amendments by creating a worm station (worm farm). Program sponsors will supply each participant with instruction and helpful tips to get started. Attendees will also receive an initial supply of composting worms, coir and newspaper bedding, and a transportable container to create their own vermicomposting station to take home so that they can incorporate this valuable composting technique in their vegetable/flower production garden/farm and prevent the often-needless added expense of relying on store-bought amendments. In addition, participants will have an opportunity to view the Carver Center’s working vermicomposting station to see how composting worms, along with other living things in the soil, work synergistically to aid plants in flourishing. This vermicomposting workshop is limited and will be offered to the first 25 people who sign up. Seating is limited and only people with confirmed registrations will be able to attend. To register, simply go to: https://forms.gle/rrPSgyfpfpozGmNP6 to sign up.

The Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition is a state-wide and coalition-based Extension program, housed in Virginia Tech’s Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education. Funding was sponsored by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Award #2020-49400-32326.

For more information about the program, contact Katie Trozzo, Program Coordinator, at vabeginningfarmer@vt.edu or 540-231-4582. For other questions, contact Kim Niewolny, Program Director, at niewolny@vt.edu.