Had such an awesome time with my new worm minded friends in Raleigh! Rhonda Sherman did a wonderful job of putting the conference together and it was fascinating to hear from all of the speakers from around the world.
There was an amazing diversity of people who attended, from industry newbies to those undertaking large scale projects in Mexico, Australia and Turkey. Equally interesting were the projects going on in Washington DC, Guatemala and the UK, so to say that our "vermi-world" was well represented at the conference would be quite an understatement.
Over the two days all of the guest speakers sat within the audience and answered all of the enthusiastic questions that came their way. Everyone was super approachable which made the conference feel more like a family reunion rather than a Vermiculture conference. Not sure if it was planned that way, but that's the way it turned out!
Equally fun were the meet and greets between speakers, conversations during lunch and going out to dinner afterwards as a group. As you can probably tell I had a really great time, made a lot of new friends and came away from it truly inspired to do more (not to mention having a few dozen new projects in mind.) My poor wife! Lol.
I consider NCSU's Vermiculture Conference a must attend for anyone looking to learn more about Vermiculture, those already involved with it or folks simply looking to network with other like-minded individuals. Be sure to set a reminder for next years event and hopefully we'll see you there.
Until next time. Cheers!
9/27/17 - NC State University will be holding their 18th Annual Vermiculture Conference on October 26th and 27th at their campus in Raleigh, NC.
During this two-day conference, participants learn how to start or expand an earthworm or vermicompost production facility. Key issues for vermicomposting operations are covered, such as earthworm husbandry, feedstocks, siting, equipment, permits, monitoring, and harvesting. You will also understand how vermicompost affects plant growth and suppresses plant pests and diseases.
Each year over 120 industry experts from all over the United States and throughout the globe attend the event. Previous participants came from Belgium, Thailand, Australia, India, Greece, Guatemala, Argentina, Norway, China, Switzerland, Nigeria, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Latvia, Israel, Turkey, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Bahamas, Canada, Uganda, Micronesia, Trinidad and the Dominican Republic.
Stay tuned for more information and pictures from the event. To learn more or sign up, please visit - https://composting.ces.ncsu.edu/vermiculture-conference/