All It Takes is Some Green Talkin’

You never know what yakking about green issues is going to elicit. Sometimes it’s a “give me a break already” but when my child’s Kindergarten teacher overhears me advising my neighbor about composting tumblers, she has a surprise in store for me. “Oooh!” she says. “I had worms in my classroom in Texas! Can you set me up with a worm bin?”

I’m totally excited and totally game. But I’ve never done worm composting in my house. What to do? First step? I read Worms Eat My Garbage. Great book, recommended by my sister-in-law, who’s a master organic gardener and 10+ year vermiculturist (is that even a word?). It gets better, though. I couldn’t get my hands on a copy in the library, which I complained about on my blog. When I posted on a local parenting listserv about reusable lunch containers, a heroically kind woman from the Maryland Dept. of Waste Management followed my email signature, randomly read my post about compost, and sent me a copy of the worm book gratis! The very next day (shout out to the DC Metro area US Postal Service)!

Then, if there weren’t serendipity enough in the world, my neighborhood newsletter (which is so small it’s delivered door-to-door by volunteers and is never digitized) publishes an article the very next day called “Worms in My Basement.” You better believe I contacted the editor, sailed on over to be the 210th person to traipse through this gentleman’s basement, and got a firsthand look at his system.

This kind fellow, henceforth known as Worm Man, is going to come visit my daughter’s classroom! He’s also going to bring some of his wiggly friends and suggests that we set up an experiment with two identical plants, one of which we will feed worm castings, the other which will receive just water.

I really could not be more thrilled about the outcome of opening my big mouth about my composting tumbler to a good friend of mine. One thing led to another — all courtesy of generous and kind strangers (one of which can be YOU if you leave me vermiculture tips for my kid’s school in the comments!).

What’s the best thing that ever happened because you opened your big green mouth? Never done it? Take five minutes and tell a friend your latest green discovery today.

Original post for 5 Minutes for Going Green. Jess Trevelyan blogs about the serendipitous pleasures of life as MamaBird over at SurelyYouNest.

11 Responses to All It Takes is Some Green Talkin’
  1. Renee
    September 16, 2008 | 9:48 am

    Wow! worms in my classroom LOL talking is the first step to changing!!!! way the go!!!

  2. Jessica (Surely You Nest)
    September 16, 2008 | 9:57 am

    Thanks, Renee! Yup, you never know what is going to come from connecting and sharing (even wiggly new friends).

  3. GreenMe
    September 16, 2008 | 11:51 am


    Another coincidence for you — I came across this jiggy little wiggly worm compost movie on you tube last night.

    Watch it and you’ll be singing “composting, another way to recycle. uh. yeah!” all day!

  4. Jessica (Surely You Nest)
    September 16, 2008 | 11:55 am

    Um, I think I love you, GreenMe. “COMPOSTING! Uh! yeah! It’s another way to recycle (wick-a wick-a)! What? What? mmmm It’s a way to recycle.”

  5. Jennifer (The Smart Mama)
    September 16, 2008 | 2:11 pm

    That is a great example of all around greenness and crunchiness. Whoo-hoo for green.

  6. Candice
    September 16, 2008 | 2:47 pm

    What a fun demonstration of the power of serendipity. We’ve been wanting to get a worm compost system for ages but have been lacking the impetus. Maybe we have our own Worm Man in San Diego and I just need to find him.

  7. bekahcubed
    September 16, 2008 | 11:42 pm

    I love how you learn about something and then all the sudden it’s EVERYWHERE! I’ve been searching for a good way to compost in my tiny townhouse, and learned about vermicomposting a week ago or so. I just ordered some worms yesterday–and then I read this! How exciting.

  8. Mary@SimplyForties
    September 17, 2008 | 11:31 am

    I have worms in my basement and love them! Good luck with your project. I know the kids will enjoy them. All the kids that come to my house think mine are cool.

  9. Stacy (mama-om)
    September 17, 2008 | 12:40 pm

    I love this post! And I love that you got worms.

    I’ve had a worm bin for more than ten years and I am so totally geeked about it.

  10. Lisa
    September 18, 2008 | 12:51 pm

    How awesome is that! Congrats and thanks for agreeing. :)

    I have had a few people tell me I’m the reason the do some eco-friend things. Such as my aunt (she is on the far right and I don’t think she believes in global warming so this is huge) said I’m the reasons she recycles glass (which you can’t do in our town so she is taking it to OKC area when they are up there)!

    Last Christmas I got a card with a letter from a friend saying because of me she has gone green, now she sales cloth wipes, eats organically and much more.

    A friend just got Method cleaners to replace the toxic ones she was using cause of me.

    I hope there are more stories people haven’t passed on to me yet as well. Sometimes I think people just get tired of hearing my green talk but it’s worth it if some are listening!

  11. BananaBlueberry
    September 19, 2008 | 11:25 am

    You must be living right!
    You are super momma with worms- I love this idea…

    this is ‘old school’ – I remember worms in my classroom as a kid,
    great job!