Worms and Composting

Groundwork Somerville has passed the SoilCycle program to our partners at Metro Pedal Power: Check it out by clicking here!

Groundwork Somerville continues our work to promote home outdoor and worm composting.  Call 617-628-9988 to learn more or purchase worms and /or guides.

*Groundwork Somerville is temporarily out of worm starter kits until March 2014. For more information and updates, call the number listed above.*

We sell Starter “Kits” of WORMS:  $20
-Approx. 1 pint of worms, castings, and their egg cocoons: enough to start your own bin
-Red Wigglers: fast growers & eaters, perfect for indoor worm bins
-Includes free “Guide to Home Composting” flyer with basic dos & don’ts
-Packed just before you pick them up so worms are fresh and happy (call 617-628-9988 or email us to make pick-up arrangements)-

Worm Composting Guides: $10
-Explains how to convert a storage container into a bin
-Helps novice vermiculturists (worm composters) easily troubleshoot common problems

Both as a package: $25!

Gardens Consulting: $100/hour (sliding scale)
-Custom Composting and Vermicomposting workshops
-For community groups, organizations, individuals or schools

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History:

The mission of SoilCycle is to provide a professional compost pick-up service to community members, allowing them to dispose of organic materials in a sustainable manner.  At the same time, SoilCycle helps build Somerville’s food production capacity by continually nourishing and replenishing the soil in school gardens throughout the city. As part of Groundwork Somerville’s green job initiatives, SoilCycle creates opportunities for Somerville youth to gain leadership and entrepreneurial skills while learning the basics of small business management.

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Having completed a successful year of SoilCycle, Groundwork Somerville has turned over the management of the project to its youth employees.  The youth of the Groundwork Somerville Green Team completed a 7-week entrepreneurship training and have written a business plan for SoilCycle.  These amazing teens have established an Advisory Board for the future of our youth-led business.  One thing you can count on is a consistent and professional service provided by dedicated individuals committed to a vision for a sustainable Somerville.

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SoilCycle is a community composting initiative run by Groundwork Somerville’s youth employees that reduces waste and encourages environmental stewardship.  This social enterprise provides a youth-led, bike-powered, eco-friendly waste management option for residences and small businesses in the city of Somerville through weekly pickups of their compostable materials.  The pickups are made by our SoilCycle Coordinator on an awesome trike refurbished by Metro Pedal Power and a fantastic bike cart built by Somerville High School metal shop students.  The composting process occurs in tumblers made from 100% recycled materials from our friends at Good Ideas, and the compost is used in local school gardens.  As part of Groundwork Somerville’s green job employment initiatives, SoilCycle creates opportunities for Somerville youth to gain leadership and entrepreneurial skills while learning the basics of small business management.

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