Books on Compost and Worms and Lawns…


Worms Eat My Garbage: How to Set Up and Maintain a Vermicomposting System by Mary Appelhof is a wonderful collection of all things wormy! Mary Appelhof was a pioneer in the field of vermicomposting and continued on her relentless search for worm knowledge until her death.

Worms Eat Our Garbage: Classroom Activities for a Better Environment by Mary Appelhof, Mary Frances Fenton, and Barbara Loss Harris

Worm Cafe: Mid-Scale Vermicomposting of Lunchroom Waste by Binet Payne gives a detailed step-by-step description of how to set up your school’s worm-composting.

There’s a Hair in My Dirt, A Worm’s Story by Gary Larson (genius creator of The Far Side comic strip) is an environmentally educational trip through the folly of a young mountain lass, as told by a worm who knew her.

Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin is a fun children’s book about the friendship between Worm and Spider that teaches basic worm facts.


Rodale’s Book of Composting, bearing the biggest name in “Organic,” is the ultimate guide to what to do with your kitchen and yard waste.

Humanure Handbook by Joseph Jenkins is the ultimate guide to how to improve upon what you’re doing with your kitchen and yard waste.

Let It Rot by Stu Campbell is one of the originals! It’s such a handy resource.


The Organic Lawn Care Manual by Paul Tukey is a great resource for going organic with your lawn, so the kids and pets can safely play in the yard! I particularly love the list of lawn weeds and what their presence tells you about your soil’s minerals and nutrients.

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