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Rhonda Sherman

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Wormeries in small spaces - with Rhonda Sherman

Vertical Veg: growing food in containers in the city

Rhonda Sherman, worm expert and author of The Worm Farmer's Handbook, shares her knowledge and tips on running wormeries in small spaces, including:Why worm compost makes a brilliant fertiliser. The common pitfalls of setting up a wormery, including overfeeding.  What to feed worms - and what to avoid.The difference between leachate and worm tea.For more information on wormeries check out Rhonda's excellent Composting website, as well as the wormery posts on Vertical Veg. Support the show (https://verticalveg.org.uk/vertical-veg-needs-your-support/)


22 Apr 2020

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Rhonda Sherman: The Worm Farmer's Handbook


In this special episode, part of our Women of the Land series with Chelsea Green Publishing, Abby chats with Rhonda Sherman, vermicomposting and recycling queen! Rhonda’s book, ‘The Worm Farmer’s Handbook’ is a fascinating how-to guide, demystifying the science and logistics of the process of vermicomposting, or composting with worms. We were so inspired by Rhonda’s worm wisdom, and loved learning all about how effective worms can be at encouraging microbes and building soil health! Check out the ‘Worms Can Recycle Your Garbage’ fact sheet Rhonda mentions in the interview below. Thanks to Chelsea Green Publishing for supporting this episode.Rhonda’s ‘Worms Can Recycle Your Garbage’ factsheet:https://content.ces.ncsu.edu/worms-can-recycle-your-garbageOur title photo is by Zachary Brooks at Arizona Worm Farm


14 Nov 2019

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The definitve guide to worm farming, with Rhonda Sherman, author of “The Worm Farmer’s Handbook:” 107

Regenerative Skills

My guest today, Rhonda Sherman, is the director of the Compost Learning Lab at North Carolina State University and a leading expert on vermicomposting. Rhonda travels extensively to present workshops and to consult with farmers, businesses, and institutions on the development and management of vermicomposting systems. She also organizes the annual North Carolina State Vermiculture Conference, which for nineteen years has drawn participants from across the United States and around the globe. She is a co-editor of Vermiculture Technology and has written extensively about composting and vermicomposting in her role with NC State University.In this episode I talked with Rhonda about her new book, “The Worm Farmer’s Handbook.” Though the book focuses mostly on mid to large scale vermicomposting systems, we start by talking about small residential vermicomposting and the positive effect it can have on our lives by taking back control of our waste streams and turning it into an incredible product.We also go into detail about troubleshooting problems in the system, feeding and watering indicators, pest deterrents and much more. Rhonda also shares some great resources from her website that you can use for free and which I’ve linked to on the show notes for this episode at abundantedge.comResources:Buy the book “The Worm Farmer’s Handbook”Rhonda’s websiteMore about Rhonda Sherman

12 Apr 2019

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Rhonda Sherman - Vermicomposting Expert and Author of The Worm Farmer's Handbook

Sustainable Nation

Rhonda Sherman has been an extension waste management specialist with North Carolina State University since 1993. She is the founder and director of the Composting Learning Lab (CL2), which has 26 types of vermicomposting and composting bins. She gives about 40 presentations annually and has authored over 65 publications on these topics. Her new book is The Worm Farmer’s Handbook: Mid- to Large-Scale Vermicomposting for Farms, Businesses, Municipalities, Schools, and Institutions.  Rhonda Joins Sustainable Nation to Discuss: The importance of vermicomposting to address organic waste issues The benefits of vermicomposting over traditional composting How sustainability leaders can implement vermicomposting within their organizations Advice and recommendations for sustainability leaders Rhonda's Final Five Question Responses: What is one piece of advice you would give other sustainability professionals that might help them in their careers? You can see from my career that I never intended to work for with worms, but I left myself open to possibilities and was always looking ahead to what wasn't being addressed. I became wildly successful with it. I was not expecting that. I tell people I accidentally became world famous. What are you most excited about right now in the world of sustainability? I'm so excited that people are finally paying attention to it, you know? I was writing about food waste recycling a long time ago, like in the 90's, and other people just were not paying attention to food waste. So, now I'm thrilled that they finally are. So many different organizations are trying to reduce, reuse, recycle food waste. So, that's very exciting and I'm thrilled that so many schools have garden and that it's part of the curriculum, raising food and preparing it and eating it. And since you always end up with food waste in a garden or in the kitchen, hopefully they're doing some composting or vermicomposting onsite. What is one book you would recommend sustainability professionals read? Obviously my new book, The Worm Farmer's handbook. I also have another book called Vermiculture Technology and that's a 600 page book on scientific aspects of vermicomposting. And also, this is an old book, but it's very important - The Population Bomb. I read that when I was in school back in the 70's or 80's. This planet can't sustain an ever increasing population. So, I think we really need to be conscious of that. What are some of your favorite resources or tools it really helped you in your work? My scientific colleagues. I really want people to know about Google Scholar. I mentioned it earlier, but Google Scholar is where you'll find scientific articles. I just think it's really for people to read websites that end in .edu or .gov, because they're really good resources that are normally unbiased and research based, and that's so important. So, you just really have to be careful what you read on the Internet as most people know. On a lot of the worm farming business websites, it's not always accurate information, so you really have to be careful. Where can our listeners go to learn more about you and your work? My website is composting.ces.ncsu.edu. I'm on Facebook, NC state's Vermiculture Composting Recycling Program. I'm on Twitter (Rhonda Sherman) and LinkedIn (Rhonda Sherman) and email - sherman@ncsu.edu. My website is a great source of information. There's so much info on there. It'll take you a couple of days to get through it all. I also have videos and podcasts and all sorts of ways to access the information. About Sustridge Sustridge is a sustainability consulting firm providing consulting in sustainability strategy development, GHG emissions calculating and management, zero waste planning and guidance in TRUE Zero Waste, B Corp, LEED and Carbon Neutral certification.


26 Feb 2019

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Rhonda Sherman - Worm Farmer’s Handbook

The No-Till Market Garden Podcast

Author Rhonda Sherman joins us on the podcast to talk all things vermicast, from worm biology to proper bin set-up.  Get her book here and use the checkout code NOTILL for a 35% discount: https://www.chelseagreen.com/product/the-worm-farmers-handbook/ Farmer Jesse Links: Patreon Group: https://www.patreon.com/FarmerJesse?alert=2 Www.Notillgrowers.com Podcast Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/The-No-Till-Market-Garden-Podcast-348435182395903/?ref=bookmarks Farm: roughdraftfarmstead.com Farmer Jesse’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/farmer.jesse.3511 Farmer Jesse's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/farmer_chef_jesse RDF instagram: https://www.instagram.com/roughdraftfarmstead/?hl=en Farm Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/roughdraftfarmstead


7 Jan 2019

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405: Rhonda Sherman on Worm Farming

The Urban Farm Podcast with Greg Peterson

Organically recycling through vermicomposting. In This Podcast: Rhonda Sherman, an extension specialist in the Department of Horticultural Science at NC State University, shares how throwing away our food waste is a major problem in landfills, releasing methane gas which is a contributor to climate change and causing heavy metals to be released into water sources. She spends 90 percent of her work time educating people in what to do with their food waste instead, namely by composting or vermicomposting. Rhonda shares access to many of the publications she’s written which can be found on her website. Don’t miss an episode! Click here to sign up for podcast updatesor visit www.urbanfarm.org/podcast Rhonda is an extension specialist in the Department of Horticultural Science at North Carolina State University, providing leadership for university outreach programs on solid waste management issues through the Cooperative Extension Service. She holds degrees in Environmental Studies and Urban/Regional Planning, and Environmental Resources Analysis with an emphasis in solid waste management. Rhonda’s areas of expertise are vermicomposting, composting, recycling, and waste reduction. She gives about 40 presentations annually and has authored over 65 publications on these topics. Her new book is The Worm Farmer’s Handbook: Mid- to Large-Scale Vermicomposting for Farms, Businesses, Municipalities, Schools, and Institutions published by our friends at Chelsea Green. Go to www.urbanfarm.org/wormfarmershandbook for more information and links on this podcast, and to find our other great guests. 405: Rhonda Sherman on Worm Farming


8 Dec 2018