Besides eating all of the organic waste from the kitchen the worm farms eats cardboard, paper, burlap, and newsprint. They are a real ecological boon which makes me feel like I'm doing my part to keep waste from the collection yard; it's a small part but effective.
My other projects remain on the back burner until the wind dies down; it generally blows until September. Work on the house due to the fire continues, the contractor stopped by today to explain the plan. The gist of it is if the wind doesn't stop they won't be able to install the new siding until it does; September or October. The entire world could be different by then, I know for certain the color decided on painting it will change many times between now and then.
Late this afternoon just before dinner I spied this Canadian across the slough, at first glance I thought it was a new pipe sticking out of the rocks. There are several more on the pasture behind him and two more in the slough on this side of him.
I'm in the house until the smoke clears, again, on the few occasions I venture out a 3-M respirator is my choice of smoke protection. The paper masks are fine for the C-19 but smoke is a different concern, the PM-10 is a killer. Smoke allergies are more common than we realize and cause serious illness or on occasion death;
A few precautions should not deter anyone's interest in the ecologically positive activity, my opinion is everyone should have at least one Colony. With a minimum of protection Vermiculture is safe, each of us develops during the learning curve the level we need to remain safe. Starting small assisted with research a size-able Colony can be realized within the first year.
I wrote this post April 2020, after a revision it has been posted again. Due to the wild fire smoke I cannot go out of the house until it clears up.
Raising Earthworms may be a good first step in acheiving zero waste. They eat all organic material as well as paper products. The castings make excellent fertilizer in solid or liquid form.
The reason I raise Earthworms is to use the castings (manure) in my vegetable garden. Uses include brewing them into tea, as well as distributing the scat around the base of the plants.
At times the weight of world is felt by all of us. A rest is in order even if it's for one day, this is how I cope with the stresses and noise.
That was a bit too much activity, too early in the morning for an old guy to handle. One thing is for sure, I'm going to sleep well tonight after all of that I'm exhausted and it's just now 8:30 am.