Mark Follansbee will give a talk and hands-on demonstration on composting with worms Tuesday, March 16 at noon at Merryspring Nature Center.

Composting builds soil and conserves resources, but outdoor composting in winter can be a challenge. Indoor composting with worms is a great solution. Follansbee will demonstrate how easy it is to get started. Participants will learn how to compost with worms, build a worm bin for less than $15, and keep the bin trouble-free. Follansbee will also cover feeding and monitoring, harvesting worm compost as a soil amendment, and making worm compost tea. There will be time to answer questions and address rumors and myths about vermicomposting.

In addition to free instructions on bin construction, compost worms and worm bins will be available for purchase.

Follansbee has a Ph.D. in pharmacology and works in Scarborough as an environmental scientist and toxicologist. He has been vermicomposting since 2000 and teaching others about his passion since 2005. As a hobby, he operates WormMainea (, a resource for worm composters.

Merryspring members and all children attend talks free, and there is a charge of $5 for non-members. Merryspring is a member-supported, nonprofit nature education center and park located at the end of Conway Road just off Route 1 by the Hannaford shopping plaza in Camden. For more information, call Merryspring at 236-2239 or visit