66: Hassena Kassim, The Worm Whisperer
Today on The Urban Farm Podcast we have Hassena Kassim of Vermi-Love Worm Farm & More LLC to talk about her experience with vermicomposting.
Sena (also known as the Worm Whisperer) holds degrees and certificates in herbalism, nutrition, landscaping, arboriculture and water harvesting. Edible gardens, vermicomposting and water harvesting are all part of her integrated landscape designs. Besides a love of worms, Sena enjoys playing imaginative games with her daughter and creating art. Living a more natural life daily and always learning more about plants helps to get her out of bed in the morning.
In this episode, we dig into all the details of vermicompsting, or composting with worms. Listen in to find out about worm castings (worm poop!), what to put in your bins, what worms eat, where to get worms, what your worm bin should smell like (hint: it shouldn’t smell bad!), and more great insight from Sena.
What are worms’ favorite foods? Pineapple, melon rinds, cucumber ends, banana peels, even ornamental squashes! “When you’re done with them, you can put them in the worm bin and when you pull them out a few months later, it will just be the outside skin of them and the inside will be filled with worms. It’s kinda cool and gross!”
Where to obtain worms? You can get them from Sena at VermiLove.com, or on FindWorms.com!
Two books that were really influential for Sena are Worms Eat My Garbage by Mary Appelhof and The Soil Will Save Us: How Scientists, Farmers, and Foodies Are Healing the Soil to Save the Planet by Kristin Ohlson
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