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Rhonda Sherman

Rhonda Sherman is an Extension Solid Waste Specialist in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering

Extension Specialist

Rhonda Sherman

rhonda sherman

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Due to budget cuts, I have had to get creative to keep my program funded and maintain the extension activities I have provided for the past 23 years at NC State University. If you would like to help and become a Friend of the NC Vermiculture and Composting Program, please give now. Thank you for your continuing support!

Events: Save
the Date!

Compost Operations
Training Course
September 12-16, 2016
NCSU, Raleigh, NC

Learn what it takes to run a successful composting facility through lectures from top experts, indoor and outdoor hands-on activities, and visits to composting operations. Details about the 5-day course are at U.S. Composting Council Training

NC State University's 17th Vermiculture Conference
June, 2016 - Join us next year

Past Conference

Join us at the only annual conference about earthworm farming and mid-to-large-scale vermicomposting in the world. Attendees each year come from all over the U.S. and throughout the world (previous participants were from Belgium, Thailand, Australia, India, Greece, Guatemala, Argentina, Norway, China, Switzerland, Nigeria, Hong Kong, Philippines, Latvia, Israel, Turkey, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Bahamas, Canada, Uganda, Micronesia, Dominican Republic).

Compost Operations Training Course
Sept. 12-16, 2016

Conference Registration Open

Extension Specialist

North Carolina State University
Biological & Agricultural Engineering
Box 7625, Raleigh, NC 27695


(919) 515-6770
Office: 209 Weaver Labs Administration

Biographical Sketch: Rhonda Sherman is an extension specialist in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at NC State University, providing leadership for university outreach programs on solid waste management issues through the Cooperative Extension Service. She holds degrees in Environmental Studies and Urban/Regional Planning, and Environmental Resources Analysis with an emphasis in solid waste management.

Rhonda Sherman holds a 100% extension appointment and her areas of expertise are vermicomposting, composting, recycling and waste reduction. She is considered one of the leading authorities on vermicomposting and has received requests for information from people in 107 countries. Rhonda organizes and runs an annual conference on large‐scale commercial vermicomposting that draws participants from all over the world. She held her 17th conference on June 2‐3. Each year, people from as many as 27 U.S. states attend the conference in addition to participants from foreign countries, including Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Dominican Republic, Greece, Guatemala, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Latvia, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Philippines, Micronesia, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, and Uganda. Testimonials: "The conference was definitely worth the time and money. I learned so much...not just about earthworms, but soil composition, minerals, testing, teas, diseases, correct processes to follow, etc. I'm looking forward to next year's conference already!" ~S.S., North Carolina; "Count me as an extremely satisfied conference attendee. I was truly impressed and hope to be one of your "frequent fliers." I was particularly impressed with the depth of the science presented." ~S.F., New York

Rhonda has a two‐acre Compost Learning Lab (CL2) at The Lake Wheeler Road Field Laboratory. The CL2 has a 40‐ft by 30‐ft building, an equipment shed, and a covered teaching shelter. There are 25 types of composting and vermicomposting bins and areas for hands‐on training activities. Flowerbeds, fruit trees, and native trees/shrubs/grasses are being installed and research areas are being developed.

Rhonda co‐founded the North Carolina Composting Council (NCCC) and is currently serving as President. She was formerly a member of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Composting Council and a contributing editor to BioCycle Journal of Composting and Organics Recycling.

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For Teachers:

Vermicomposting Leader's Guide: A 5th Grade School Enrichment Curriculum This is a curriculum for teachers, extension agents, and educators to use.

Training Events:

NCSU's 17th Vermiculture Conference June 2-3, 2016
NC State University, Raleigh, NC

Compost Operations Training Course September 12-16, 2016
NC State University, Raleigh, North Carolina

ALERT - Very important information!

Herbicide Carryover in Hay, Manure, Compost, & Grass Clippings: Caution to Hay Producers, Livestock Owners, Farmers & Home Gardeners (2015) Authors: Jeanine Davis, Sue Ellen Johnson, & Katie Jennings. North Carolina Cooperative Extension. AG-727W (Revised). Certain herbicides can remain active in hay, straw, grass clippings, manure, and compost.