Joseph Yard

 I am currently a student at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse.  I am taking classes to prepare myself for medical school.  My background is in business rather than life sciences, so the class that I created this site for, Organismal Biology, is really unique for me.  I have obviously seen many species of organisms in my life, but have never really seen all the interconnections between all of them.  I have been surprised by the fact that all of the plants and animals that I am familiar with contribute very little to the vast number of organisms that collectively make up the great biodiversity of life here on our planet.  I grew up in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota and for the most part I have lived in the Midwest my entire life. 

Why am I interested in Red Wigglers?

I have never really been one to jump on the band wagon to “Save the Whales,” “Save the Planet,” or “Go Green.”  But, one day as I was making eggs for breakfast held onto the cracked shells of those eggs and thought to myself, “I should really compost these egg shells.”  I quickly consulted “Uncle Google” and found out a bit about composting.  It looked pretty boring and it was almost winter time so I thought maybe this wasn’t going to be worth it.  Then, I stumbled upon vericomposting and thought “Cool!  Maybe an hour or two later I had ordered a thousand worms online and in a couple of days ­I was vericomposting!  I never would have imagined it, but now I am really conscientious about recycling and what goes in the waste basket at my home as well.  I don’t know why I started doing it, but I enjoy it now and it feels good knowing that I am helping the environment in my own miniscule way. 


I hope you enjoy this site and maybe consider making your own worm composting bin for your home.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at

As mentioned above, this project is small piece of a large collaboration of work by the students of Organismal Biology at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse.  To see more of the web pages created by other students please visit Multiple Organisms