Vermicompost 101 — Worm Anatomy

Red wrigglers are complex composting machines! They’re built to live underground and eat their way through decaying material, leaving behind worm castings, otherwise known as “compost gold.” External Anatomy Red wrigglers are tube-shaped animals made up of up to 120 segments. The name of their phylum — Annelida — comes from the Latin phrase “little … More Vermicompost 101 — Worm Anatomy

Bee Report — Splitting Hives and Raising Queens (Part II)

This is the second and final part of a short discussion of splitting hives using ideas found in Mel Disselkoen’s On-The-Spot (OTS) queen rearing method and the Coweta Beekeeping Method. In this post, I’ll go over how to finish the split by making hives for honey production or population increase. Check out the first post, … More Bee Report — Splitting Hives and Raising Queens (Part II)

Bee Report — Splitting Hives and Raising Queens (Part I)

Many beekeepers depend on purchasing packages (screened boxes full of bees with a queen) or nucleus hives (mini-hives to be inserted into a full-size one), which cost between $150 and 250 each, depending on the local variables. Some beekeepers end up purchasing bees each year to replace dead-outs (bee colonies that died during the winter). … More Bee Report — Splitting Hives and Raising Queens (Part I)

Visit us at the Nelson Center Earth Day Conference in Madison, WI

If you’re in the Madison area, stop by our booth at the Nelson Center Earth Day Conference. It promises to be a day full of informative presentations as well as a hall full of sustainability-minded organizations. We’ll be tabling in the exhibitor hall. Stop on by and learn about memberships and upcoming workshops. We also … More Visit us at the Nelson Center Earth Day Conference in Madison, WI