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Updated: 03/08/2018 08:30:02AM

Composting with worms

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The common earthworm.

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UF/IFAS Extension, Highlands County, is offering a class on composting with earthworms at the Bert J. Harris Agricultural Center in Sebring. The event will be Thursday, March 15 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Master Gardener Peggy Davis has been a sporadic worm farmer in both Maine and Florida for several years. In this class she (and the worms who will accompany her) will demonstrate the way that worms are part of an intricate ecosystem which results in the transformation of food wastes into super fertile soil which can enhance the soil.

Davis will show a variety of worm growing habitats ranging purchased systems to those made of simple materials available at local stores. In an informal discussion style she will share basic information about worm composting, along with the satisfactions and the challenges that she has encountered in her experience. Peggy’s goal is that others will be encouraged to join the small but sincere population of small scale worm farmers.

To sign up for the workshop go to or call the Extension office at (863) 402-6540. There will be a $5 charge for the workshop at the door. Also check out the other UF/IFAS Extension Eventbrite offerings including the South Ag Tour and Florida-Friendly Talk and Tour coming up the following week.