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Start Vermicomposting Now
Do You Know Where Your Dairy Products Are Processed?

 

Wormmainea's vermicomposting bin
Wormmainea's vermicomposting bin. Photo courtesy of Wormmainea.

Start Vermicomposting Now

Fall is a good time to set up a worm bin and start vermicomposting – using red wiggler worms to compost food waste. MOFGA member Adam Tomash details one system for vermicomposting at  www.mofga.org/Default.aspx?tabid=720, while Mark Follansbee, another MOFGA member and owner of Wormmainea, shows another method at http://wormmainea.com/Bins.html. Once your bins are made (or purchased), you can get red wiggler worms from folks who are already doing vermicomposting, or from F.W. Horch in Brunswick (http://www.fwhorch.com/), The Worm Wiz in Bowdoinham (thewormwiz.com) or Wormmainea. City Farmer (www.cityfarmer.org/wormsupl79.html) links to suppliers throughout the United States and Canada.


Do You Know Where Your Dairy Products Are Processed?

Dairy product packages have number codes that tell the state (first two numbers) where they were processed; the rest tells the processing plant. Codes for New England states are Maine, 23; N.H., 33; Mass., 25; Conn., 09; R.I., 44; Vt., 50. Entering the complete code on the milk carton at www.whereismymilkfrom.com identifies the plant of origin. For example, the code 23-31 on MooMilk designates Smiling Hill Farm Dairy in Westbrook, Maine; 36-8580 on Organic Valley Half and Half designates Ultra Dairy LLC in E. Syracuse, N.Y.; and 36-5631 on Nature’s Place milk designates H.P. Hood LLC in Oneida, N.Y. The website was last updated in Jan. 2010. (“Is Your Milk Bottled Locally,” Weekly Market Bulletin, N.H. Dept. of Ag., April 6, 2011)

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