- Students will be able to describe methods for preserving meals for the worms.
Teach the Teacher
- The Complete Guide to Vermicomposting (included w/ Worm Factory 360)
- Browns and Greens: Understanding Carbon and Nitrogen in the Composting Process
- What Can I Put In My Worm Bin?
Tools & Materials
- Lab scraps
- Resealable bags
The flagship Edible Learning Lab in Buffalo, WY is a closed loop. Inputs are brought in from the community and other sources but nothing goes out.
Brown leaves, stems, and root balls are fed to the worms or added to the Earth Cube composter to recapture nutrients that can be reintroduced to the system. But the Lab often produces more food waste than the worms can consume and the Earth Cube is often at capacity especially during periods of heavy harvesting. Being able to preserve meals for later or between harvests will ensure a constant food supply for our little helpers.
Discuss methods for preserving “individual meals” for each worm bin to ensure nothing leaves your Lab. Could it be frozen in single serving sizes or trans-formed in some other way to preserve the scraps for later use?
Test your methods to determine the most viable. Refine your process based on the results of your tests to arrive at a best practice for preserving worm meals sourced from Lab scraps.
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