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Garbage to Gold
The larvae of Hermetia illucens, the Black Soldier Fly.
Image: WAIKIKI WORM COMPANY

Dated

Mon, Jul 31

Garbage to Gold / “People aren’t really that interested in eating maggots right now in the U.S., though I’ll bet there’s a wonderful recipe for them,” says Mindy Jaffe of Waikiki Worm Company. “The beauty in these guys is that they turn garbage into protein faster than anything else, without using land, water, electricity or fossil fuels. It’s simply bioconversion–finding use for waste.”

A worm workshop called Garbage to Gold features bioconversion pioneer and developer of the BioPodworkshop, Robert Olivier. His hands-on clinic is designed to educate and demonstrate how worms turn garbage into protein.

“This workshop is for people interested in waste recycling,” says Jaffe. “They might be backyard gardeners, or koi or chicken farmers. What we’re trying to show people is how easy and fast the Biopod can cultivate and harvest the black soldier flies.”

Attendees will take a look at the powerful recycler to examine how it separates the larvae and rapidly breaks down organic waste. Following the lecture, Dr. Clyde Tamaru, aquaculture specialist with CTAHR, will lead a tour of WCC’s aquaculture/aquaponics research station where the larvae of black soldier flies are currently being used.

“I guess you could say this is extreme when it comes to composting your kitchen garbage,” says Jaffe, “but these Biopods are flying off my shelves. There’s something to be said about turning waste into 42 percent protein, making it possible to feed your chickens or fish in a completely closed system.”

Windward Community College, Hale ‘Akoakoa Rm 101, Sat., 7/31, 8:30am, $20 (includes a field trip), [waikikiworm.com], 945-9676