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Joanne Olszewski

Owner, Worm Woman, Inc. and co-author, Worms Eat My Garbage

A Master Gardener since 2014, Joanne taught environmental sciences early in her career. She has been gardening and preserving food for over fifty years and is a land steward in the Ozark Mountains. She is the co-author of the 35th Anniversary Edition of Worms Eat My Garbage, to be released by Storey Publishing in December, 2017. A close friend of the book’s original author, Mary Appelhof (1936-2005), Olszewski is a fellow vermi-enthusiast and the owner of Worm Woman Inc., which manufactures and sells the Worm-A-Way worm bin. As a former middle school math and science teacher she is able to take complex information and present it in a simplified manner. During her 30 years in the business world she worked both as a Financial Analyst and Certified Public Accountant. These positions provided her with many opportunities to speak to a variety of audiences. Her next venture is to take the Worm-A-Way bin into the classroom and teach children how to compost with worms.


Get Started on Composting With Worms (Vermicomposting)

Vermicomposting is a process that uses worms to recycle food waste into nutrient-rich fertilizer for house plants and gardens. The seminar will begin with the advantages of vermicomposting and the best ways to use resources gained through this system. Secondly, you will learn the complete process of setting up your own worm bin. Specifically, what kind of worms are needed, how to care and feed the worms and how to harvest worms once established.

Saturday, Feb 10 at 6:45 pm / Hood Room / Book signing to follow

Choosing the Right Worm Bin and Worm Species for Vermicomposting

A small scale worm bin can easily be set up in your home or garden. They can be bought commercially or built in many ways. To create these bins you’ll learn what is available commercially and how to build your own worm bin out of various purchased materials or recycled items found in their homes. Additionally, learn what worms are best suited for worm bins and how others are considered an invasive species.

Sunday, Feb 11 at 11:15 am / Hood Room / Book signing to follow