A Child's Guide to Vermicomposting


| 3/24/2009 4:35:00 PM


Tags: vermiculture, worms, compost, wildlife, living,

Brent and LeAnna Alderman StersteAlthough our city has been so cruel as to outlaw keeping chickens in your backyard (it’s breaking Brent’s heart!), we do have some livestock working for us. In January, Brent ordered a pound of Vermont Wiggler worms from a worm-farmer (www.greenmountainsoil.com) in Vermont to begin vermi-composting. It was my job to wait for the mail carrier to come, so our worms wouldn’t freeze on the front stoop. This made for a tense few days when I was waiting for 1,000 worms to come via the U.S. Postal Service. Of course, the day they did come, I was putting the girls down for a nap and missed our mail carrier. When I looked out the window, I saw him still in his truck on the corner.  I threw a blanket over the baby and went running down the street in my slippers. He opened up the back of his truck and freed the worms. 

Our worms arrived just when LeAnna least expected it.

Our poor animal-lover child, who has had to endure a childhood populated by two untouchable and frankly downright crazy cats, was particularly excited about the worms coming.  A few days before they arrived she began asking, "Worms coming to our house, Daddy?" "Yes, Ella." "I play peek-a-boo and aprise them." She continued later, "Worms coming to our house, Daddy? I bark at them. Daddy?...I can't wait for the worms to come to our home." 

At this point we were beginning to wonder if Ella knew what worms actually are, so we asked her.

L: Ella, do you know what worms are?
E: Yes, they're animals.
L: Do you know what they look like?
E. They're animals. They make noises. They quack. 

Ella was under the impression that worms would quack.

LeAnna Alderman Sterste
3/27/2009 5:52:00 AM

Hi Becky- In a few months, she'll be enjoying baby brother even more-- giving him full body hugs and helping him roll over. You will think the baby is too young for this kind of treatment, but the baby will not agree. You're in for some very sweet moments seeing them interact.


LeAnna Alderman Sterste
3/27/2009 5:51:41 AM

Hi Becky- In a few months, she'll be enjoying baby brother even more-- giving him full body hugs and helping him roll over. You will think the baby is too young for this kind of treatment, but the baby will not agree. You're in for some very sweet moments seeing them interact.


Becky and Andy
3/26/2009 5:28:44 PM

What a great blog! I have to laugh out loud, thinking of our own daughter saying the same things. Except, Elly's new pet is her baby brother. Right now, he's about as responsive as the worms, I'm afraid. :-)





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