Tuesday, February 6, 2007

The Vermiconversion System

The earthworms out in the old laundry sink are still happy and caffeinated on their steady diet of coffee grounds. I wonder if they'd like some vermicelli. Or if it would just confuse them.

The Permaculture Kitchen just posted this nifty fact sheet describing U. S. military vermicomposting...they're working on a larger scale than the old laundry sink:

The estimated capital cost for a large-scale facility processing approximately 10 tons/day (2,500 to 3,000 tons/yr) of food and yard waste is approximately $30,000 to $40,000 for a basic reactor system, not including land costs. Alternatively, a 200-ton/day facility using the Vermiconversion System (thermophilic composting followed by vermicomposting) was recently implemented for capital cost of approximately $2,000,000.

I know it sounds pricey, but we're talking about a worm farm that replaces a landfill. Frankly, I am glad to see that this is part of the defense budget...MAKE WORMS, NOT WAR!

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