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Vermicomposting is subject of CALS State Fair exhibit

Visitors to the N.C. State Fair’s Green NC exhibit can learn how to start a home worm bin at a booth created by N.C. State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The exhibit “Worms can recycle your garbage and make your garden grow” will feature information about home vermicomposting, as well as a demonstration worm bin and a game where visitors decide what can and cannot go into a worm bin.

Rhonda Sherman, Cooperative Extension solid waste specialist, has provided her expertise in vermicomposting to help create this year’s exhibit. Resources on vermicomposting can be found at the website Volunteers from the College will staff the exhibit during the run of the State Fair, Oct. 14-24.

In addition to the demonstration worm bin, visitors can examine worm castings or vermicompost, see a commercial “Can-O-Worms” bin and learn how to set up a bin. The exhibit also gives suggestions on where to store an indoor worm bin and shows that adding vermicompost to a garden can produce larger vegetables.

There also will be 30-minute stage presentations on home vermicomposting offered in Green NC. Dates, times, and presenters are:

  • Oct. 14, 4:30 p.m., Rhonda Sherman, N.C. State
  • Oct. 18, 2 p.m., Natalie Hampton, N.C. State
  • Oct. 20, 2 p.m., Rhonda Sherman; 6 p.m., Brian Rosa, N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources
  • Oct. 21, 2 p.m., Rhonda Sherman; 6 p.m., Brian Rosa
  • Oct. 22, 6 p.m., Brian Rosa