Vermi-Composting for Apartment Dwellers

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Minimize your ecological footprint and reduce household waste by letting worms eat your garbage! Red wigglers consume their weight in fruit and veggie scraps every day and can double their population in as little as three months.

In this class, Dabblers will construct their own urban worm bins specifically geared for apartment and condo dwellers. Students will leave with a basic understanding of vermi-composting, why worms are "vegetarian," and how to implement a household composting system without leaving the city.

Materials to bring

Gloves, if desired, and clothes that can get dirty, BYOB

What will be provided

10-gallon plastic tote with lid, soil, Red Wigglers

Student Reviews

5 | 12 reviews
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    Christine R.
    Vermi-Composting for Apartment Dwellers

    This class was a great introduction to vermicomposting, something that I've wanted to do for awhile. I've also been composting outdoors for a few years, and Kelli answered all of my questions about that as well.

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    Courtney N.
    Vermi-Composting for Apartment Dwellers

    Such a great class, I had been nervous about composting before, but all my questions and concerns were answered and since we made the composting box in the class, I had no excuse not to start composting that very day!! I would definitely take some of her other classes

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    Jessica H.
    Vermi-Composting for Apartment Dwellers

    Kelli was very well informed and did a thorough job of explaining the rationale behind composting as well as the "how-to" and trouble-shooting of composting. I'm really excited to watch my little tub of compost evolve!

    From Teacher:

    Thanks so much for attending, Jessica! It was a pleasure having you in class! Please feel welcome to follow up if you have any questions!

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    Dabble Student
    Vermi-Composting for Apartment Dwellers

    Kelli gave us a really clear picture of the different methods of composting, the benefits of using composted soil, and how to keep the worms healthy and happy. Lots of good information! I am really excited to begin composting in my own home now.

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    Dabble Student
    Vermi-Composting for Apartment Dwellers

    This was a great class -- Kelli was incredibly informative and patient. I especially loved that we got to go home with our own compost bins (worms included) and get started right away!

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    Dabble Student
    Vermi-Composting for Apartment Dwellers

    The instructor was great. Kelli does this at home, so she was able to answer all of our questions with first-hand experience. Also, it's great that we were able to leave the class with everything we needed to get started.

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    Dabble Student
    Vermi-Composting for Apartment Dwellers

    The teacher was very nice and knew her material. Very willing to help you.

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    Dabble Student
    Vermi-Composting for Apartment Dwellers

    Kelli is awesome! She made the class fun, relaxed, and informative. I feel confident now that I can make composting work in my apartment!

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    Dabble Student
    Vermi-Composting for Apartment Dwellers

    lots of information, very experienced instructor, great materials provided

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    Dabble Student
    Vermi-Composting for Apartment Dwellers

    The instructor was very knowledgeable and seem happy to be passing along her knowledge of the subject.

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    Dabble Student
    Vermi-Composting for Apartment Dwellers

    Kelli's very knowledgeable, and she had a very good teaching plan down. She effectively communicated everything we needed to get started, with pre-printed notes to refer back to, and provided all materials for our first bin with clear instructions on where to get more in the future. I'd read about composting before but was intimidated by having to run around town looking for all the materials needed, but this made it easy.

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Kelli Wefenstette

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Kelli has been creating since she was four years old, sewing quilts at her grandmother's side. An avid crafter, she is involved in and deeply committed to the Chicago handmade community, serving as the Director of the Urban Folk Circuit, Chicago's only year-round, traveling craft market series.

Kelli lives in Portage Park, in a thoughtful community, where they work to cultivate their big, red urban farmhouse into an inspiring homestead through canning organic vegetables from their raised bed gardens, composting, and raising a small flock of chickens.