Composting in the city can be a challenge, especially if you don't have any yard to put a compost bin. That's where Vermicomposting comes in. With worms, you can have a completely self-contained compost system in any small space. 

Erika has been my friend for many years and she doesn't live in a traditional tiny house per (although she might argue that she lives in a tiny condo in LA). I asked Erica on the show because she has been vermicomposting for 15 years.

Composting is a challenging part of tiny house living, especially if you want to live in your tiny house in a city. Worms cannot be used with a composting toilet, but if you are creating food waste and you want to deal with it in a more sustainable way, vermicomposting is something that can be done on almost any scale from tiny yogurt containers, all the way up to large bins.

In This Episode:

  • What is vermicomposting?
  • How did Erika get started vermicomposting?
  • What is the process for vermicomposting?
  • How to make sure you use the right kind of plastic bins?
  • How do you harvest compost from your vermicompost system?
  • What do you feed your worms?
  • What are foods that you cannot feed your worms?
  • How to use vermicompost
  • Who is vermicomposting for?
  • What was Erika’s biggest vermicomposting mistake she ever made?
  • What are some benefits of vermicomposting that Erika didn’t anticipate?
  • Erika’s other sustainable living life hacks

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Guest Bio:

Erika Backberg

Erika Backberg

Erika Backberg is a non-traditional Ethnographic Researcher (field sociologist) and macro Impact Solutions Strategist. Utilizing the human-centered design process, skills, and ethics, Erika investigates solutions and develops innovative ideas to help others create and implement their strategic goals. This has directly resulted in the successful defense of clients on death row to the creation of internationally acclaimed youth education content. Additionally, Erika has designed customized waste diversion and community-based sustainability programs for Target, Honda, Levis, and more, diverting tons of materials and repurposing materials benefiting 250+ artists, families, and community organizations worldwide.

Based in Los Angeles, CA, Erika artistically expresses her passion for eco-ethical design through her social enterprises, Erika Bee and Mo Mo Monocle ,and has been urban vermicomposting for over 15 years.

@erika_backberg (instagram)

@erikabeejewlery (instagram)


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