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Piper is embarking on a writing adventure and will co-author a book (publication in 2009) for sustainable agriculture, conservation, and green waste options in American Samoa.  Composting, of course, will be covered. 


A second writing project is also in the works.  Will keep you posted!


The Honolulu Star Bulletin highlighted the Connections Public Charter School Worm Composting project in Hilo, the first public school in the state of Hawaii to compost cafeteria lunch waste.  Check out the article:

http://starbulletin.com/2006/06/01/news/story07.html


WORM Club!  for Hilo. 
Call us for info: (808) 937-2233
  
Worm Club! is an opportunity to socialize and meet other folks with worm bins, and ask questions relating to worm composting. 

Come if you would like to purchase a bin or bring your existing bin for expert help.  Discussion topics:  worm composting, bin set up, feeding, maintenance, troubleshooting advice, and harvesting the finished compost.

Beginner to advanced--all are welcome.  (A one-time
Worm Club! membership fee of $10 will be collected to help defray costs).

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Piper has been asked to present again this year at the annual Math & Science Conference for girls.  The conference will be held on March 8th.  Contact Leomi Bergknut, event coordinator, for more information.
(808) 933-8624

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Piper traveled to the island of Molokai in December to present a worm composting workshop for island residents.  The workshop, December 10th, was held at MCC Farm in cooperation with the Cooperative Extension of Molokai.  It was Piper's first (but not last!) trip to Molokai.  Thank you Molokai residents, for your wonderful hospitality!  Mahalo.

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WORMS GO TO SCHOOL!
Two Worm Wigwam units were installed at Connections Public Charter School in Hilo as a special waste reduction/education pilot project.  The worm composting units will compost cafeteria food waste generated at the school, as well as shredded paper and cardboard. 

The project works in cooperation with a DASH Curriculum developed by UH Manoa and is sponsored, in part, by a grant from CTAHR (College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources) Cooperative Extension in Hilo.  For information about this program or to set up worm composting in your school, contact us by email. 


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A large installation was made in October 2005 at Island Dairy on the Hamakua Coast of the Big Island to process manure from dairy cattle.  This project is the first of its kind in Hawaii!  For more information about large installations for farms or other municipal projects, contact us by email

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Worms help endangered species!  Two units full of worms took an ocean voyage to help in an endangered species project for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.  For more information on the Laysan Duck recovery project, check out their website: 
http://ecos.fws.gov/docs/recovery_plans/2004/041104.pdf


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Piper traveled to India on a vermicomposting research and development trip from June-July, 2005.  India is a world leader in worm composting practice and development.  After all, over 1/2 of the world's cattle population lives in India. 

On her trip, Piper met with government agencies and private businesses specializing in large-scale worm composting projects.   She also visited two zoos who process exhibit animal manure and operate the vermicomposting area as another "exhibit" for zoo visitors to see!  (Wow!  Elephants and rhinos make a lot of manure.)


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Highschool student Ja Ram "Jean" Huh, won a first place rating at the 2004 Science Fair Hawaii Island District Level and advanced to State Level in Honolulu where I receive a second place overall 2004 Hawaii State Science Fair rating for her Hawaii Rainbow Worms worm composting project!  Congrats Jean! 

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Worms at Preschool!  The YWCA Hawaii Island Preschool Cottage in Hilo has a healthy HRW worm bin that helps process leftover lunch and snack scraps, while giving the kids an up-close look at earth's squiggly "wonder workers."

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WORM "SCOOP"