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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!

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

Conference Registration Open

Join us at the only annual conference about earthworm farming and mid-to-large-scale vermicomposting in the world. The 120+ 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). Details about the conference coming soon.

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

NCSU's 17th
Vermiculture Conference
June 2-3, 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.

Sherman gives ~40 presentations annually, has developed and conducted countless training courses and workshops, and created a variety of publications and audiovisuals on solid waste management and sustainability issues. Rhonda provides education and technical assistance about vermicomposting, composting and recycling to North Carolina residents, and has been contacted by people throughout the U.S. and 105 countries seeking information on vermiculture. Since 2001, she has coordinated an annual conference on large-scale vermicomposting (the only annual training on this topic in the world). Rhonda co-founded the North Carolina Composting Council (NCCC) and is currently serving as President. She is formerly a member of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Composting Council.

Click on the following for more information:

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.