It was standing room only for the Green Festival‘s vermicomposting demonstration
last month and I’m sure I wasn’t the only attendee to leave determined to get my very own little
crappers. But where to find them? Some quick Googling yielded mostly bad links but I finally
found a working website for a supplier in Missouri, ordered up 1,000 red wigglers, and began fretting about them freezing on my doorstep. Calls and emails about the
delivery date went unresponded to. Hmm. Finally I called
my credit card company to inquire about canceling the order and learned
that – aha! – my card was never charged. Despite the email
order confirmation I’d immediately received after placing the order.
At least after all that fuss I could stop worrying about frozen worms and buy locally from the Worm Girl, recently recommended to the DC Urban Gardener Yahoo group. And isn’t she cute? This sixth grader is super-enthusiastic
about worm composting, has worms AND bins, and lives just 3 miles from me. How much cooler is buying from young Kathleen here
than from some outfit halfway across the continent, anyway?
Asked what got her started in the worm and compost-bin biz, Kathleen
credits a school science project (yay, science teachers!). And she
tells me that since her name’s been circulated via Yahoo group, her
supply can’t keep up with the demand. The wigglers eat and procreate
as fast as possible but still, it takes a lot to start a new bin this
size, ya know.
Seems the market’s big enough for lots more young green entrepreneurs. Know a kid who’d like to "help nature", to quote the Worm Girl’s compost bin label, and make money doing it?