Family enjoying online Vermicomposting classes from Light of the Soil
Family enjoying a vermicomposting class at home.

Designed for beginners, this course will be available online and mini-classes in-person at designated sponsor locations Kane and DuPage County, Illinois. Upon completion, participants will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to start and maintain their own vermicomposting system, contributing to waste management and soil health improvement.

Course Delivery Modes:

  • Online: Accessible from anywhere, this format provides flexibility and convenience for remote learners.
  • In-person: Mini-classes will be held at sponsor locations in Kane and DuPage County, Illinois, for hands-on learning for all ages.

Course Objectives:

  1. To impart a foundational understanding of vermicomposting and its environmental impact.
  2. To guide learners in setting up and maintaining a vermicomposting bin.
  3. To educate on the nurturing and troubleshooting of a vermicomposting system.
  4. To demonstrate the harvesting and application of vermicompost and brewing worm compost worm tea for your soil.

Course Topics:

Week 1: Introduction to Vermicomposting

  • Session 1: Vermicomposting Essentials
    • Introduction to composting methods with a focus on vermicomposting.
    • Discussion on the environmental benefits.
  • Session 2: Worm Biology for Vermicomposting
    • Identifying suitable worm species.
    • Understanding worm biology relevant to composting.
  • Recommended Reading: "Worms Eat My Garbage" by Mary Appelhof.

Week 2: Setting Up Your Vermicomposting System

  • Session 1: Selecting Your Compost Bin/Bag Location
    • Differences between indoor and outdoor setups.
    • Overview of bin types for vermicomposting.
  • Session 2: Preparing Bedding and Bin
    • Choosing and preparing bedding materials.
    • Bedding moisture and preparation techniques.
  • Recommended Reading: Excerpt from "The Worm Farmer’s Handbook" on bin setup by Rhonda Sherman.

Week 3: System Maintenance

  • Session 1: Feeding Practices
    • Guidelines on what and how to feed your worms.
  • Session 2: Troubleshooting Common Issues
    • Addressing moisture, pH, odors, and pests.
  • Recommended Reading: Maintenance section from "Vermiculture Technology" by Edwards, Arancon, and Sherman.

Week 4: Harvesting and Utilization

  • Session 1: Harvesting Your Vermicompost
    • Techniques for efficient compost harvest.
    • Worm separation methods.
  • Session 2: Applications of Vermicompost
    • Benefits and uses in gardening.
    • Preparing and using worm tea.
  • Practical Activity: Participants will harvest vermicompost and prepare worm tea.

Course Materials:

  • Access to online learning platform for virtual participants.
  • Vermicomposting bins and red wiggler worms (Eisenia fetida) provided for in-person sessions.
  • List of materials for at-home setup for online learners.


  • Weekly quizzes to reinforce learning.
  • Final project documenting the creation and maintenance of a vermicomposting system.

Instructor Interaction: Dedicated availability for online consultation, providing personalized guidance and troubleshooting assistance.

Additional Information:

  • This course is tailored to encourage environmentally sustainable practices through vermicomposting.
  • Participants are encouraged to advance at their own pace, engaging deeply with both the practical and theoretical aspects of the subject matter.

Registration and Location Details:

  • For more information on registration, including online access, please visit Light of the Soil, LLC's website or contact our office.

Note: Engaging with this course will offer practical skills in waste management and soil enhancement, beneficial for personal or community gardening projects.


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