Avid gardeners and owners of The Tea House on Los Rios, Claudia and Allan Niccola, introduced our class to the study of Vermiculture. Yes, they are caring for and maintaining red wigglers or tiger worms and are happy to extol the virtues of worm farming. Their hungry worms eat all of the Niccola’s junk mail, cardboard boxes, kitchen scraps, egg shells and egg cartons. Talk about recyclers of the first order! In exchange, the red wigglers provide worm castings that nourish all of the Niccola’s garden plants. Lush, large fruits, vegetables and flowers are the reward, as if disposing of the junk mail wasn’t enough.
Your kids could have a new excuse to offer their teacher, “The worms ate my homework.”