What is Vermicomposting?

Vermicomposting is the breaking down of organic material through the use of worms, bacteria, and fungi. In nature, organic matter is decomposed through these organisms. By managing vermicomposting you are essentially speeding up mother nature's process of breaking down organic matter.

Using earthworms to convert organic wastes is an ecologically safe method that leads to an environmentally safe product.

We put organic food scraps from our kitchen (cucumber peels, unusable lettuce leaves, and spoiled fruits) in a bin for special composting worms to turn into fertile soil for our garden. Approximately 25 - 30 lbs of organic waste are collected each day and and placed in a compost bin.

Vermicompost is currently used by Food Service to grow its own fresh herbs, trees and fresh vegetables in a garden. This fresh garden is the home to a variety of herbs and vegetables such as:
  • Varietey of Basils
  • Rosemary
  • Mint(s)
  • Cilantro
  • Chili Pepper
  • Lanvender
  • Green Onion
  • Black Pepper Plant
  • Thyme
  • Mexican Oregano
  • American Parsley
  • Lime Tree
  • Sage
  • Garlic
  • Lemon Grass
  • Oregano
  • Kale
  • Italian Parsley
  • Tomatoes
  • Bay Leaf
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Daikon
  • Vietnamese Coriandor
  • Feverfew
  • Shiso
  • Snow Peas
  • Ti Leaf
  • Lemon Tree



Growing our own garden has helped Food Services lower fresh herb purchases approximately 27%.