Rhonda Sherman is an extension specialist in solid waste management at N.C. State and an expert in vermi-composting.
"Vermi means worm, so it's composting with worms," she says.
Sherman researches vermi-composting by feeding her worms fruit and vegetable scraps from the campus dining hall twice a week.
"What I'm basically doing is keeping trash out of the landfill," she says.
What Sherman is creating is what is known to gardeners as black gold. She says no one knows why, but worm manure works better on plants than fertilizer or compost.
"Plants will have greater leaf area. They'll produce more flowers or berries," she says.
If you would like to learn more about vermi-composting, check out
Sherman's Web site
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