We finally jumped into vermicomposting this weekend, much to the kids' enjoyment. We prepared the bins, pulverized the food and then brought home a Chinese food container full of worms from the nursery (I will not be able to eat chow mein for some time). The first meal included egg shells, lettuce, carrots and apples - which looked a lot like meatloaf - not to mention they have a shredded newspaper covering and coir bedding.
We checked in on them after one day and many were trying to escape, which kind of freaked me out. I sprayed down the paper more because it looked dry, which will hopefully do the trick because a mass worm escape will creep (ha!) me out. If this works, it will be great. I always feel guilty throwing away scrap produce and due to living on a hill, the only space for a compost bin would be far enough from our house that it would be too burdensome to use. I had hoped that our garbage company would start accepting food waste like they do yard waste, but that seems to be some time away. Until then, I (fingers crossed) have my worms.
(We bought our worm bin from our county's recycling department at a reduced rate. It was delivered with everything we needed to get started except the worms and food.)