Vermicomposting Center | Sustainability Center | Agricultural Sciences

Southern Illinois University



Vermicomposting Center

The Vermicomposting Center is home to millions of red wiggler earthworms and was set up primarily to process food waste from the dining halls on campus.

Used extensively for research, teaching and education, the facility is part of the University Farms system and is located approximately two miles southwest of the main campus.

The worms (Scientific name: Eisenia Fetida) produce a mineral-rich compost after feasting on approximately 12,800 pounds of vegetable waste generated each year from one of the University's dining halls (Lentz Hall). The vermicompost is then used to grow transplants and as a fertility amendment for vegetable crops.

A joint effort between the University's Plant and Service Operations and research faculty in the College of Agricultural Sciences, the facility offers tours to interested student groups and classes.

Funded by a $150,000 grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity in 2006, the Vermicomposting Center drastically reduces organic waste going into landfills. 

The goal is not just production of food, but also research and recycling of food waste within the university.

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3373 W. Pleasent Hill Road
Carbondale, Illinois

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Mailing address:

Vermicomposting Center
Mailcode 4415
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, Illinois 62901
Phone: (618) 453-2496
Fax: (608) 453-7457