California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

The Worm Guide: A Vermicomposting Guide for Teachers

This guide explores vermicomposting--the practice of using worms to transform food waste into a nutrient-rich finished product called vermicompost. In a school setting, vermicomposting can set the stage for a variety of fun, interdisciplinary activities.

Vermicomposting can utilize school cafeteria waste for the worm bin, provide a variety of interesting experiments while maintaining the bin in the classroom, and can culminate in a school or classroom garden using the finished product.

To receive a free hard copy of The Worm Guide, call (916) 341-6769, or you can download it here (Adobe Acrobat PDF, 3.5 MB). This new Worm Guide replaces our previous publication--Worms, Worms, and Even More Worms. Classroom activities from our previous publication are still available. (Adobe Acrobat PDF, 401 KB)

View other worm composting sites from our School Garden Web Links page.

Last updated: January 01, 1998
Office of Education and the Environment http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Education/
Contact: EEI@calrecycle.ca.gov (916) 341-6769