"Many of our residential customers have been with us since the beginning,” Leivo says. “This business has always been customer-driven, with little to no capital investment, and what keeps it going are the devoted and passionate customers all over the Pittsburgh area. We might not pick up a lot of customers all at once, but the people that get involved with the compost exchange program, or ask for consulting work, are incredibly loyal and supportive."
The team at Shadyside Worms also offers personal consultations for those looking to cultivate the best compost for their space and needs. In the past, Shadyside Worms has partnered with East End Food Co-Op and the Carnegie Library to offer workshops on composting and sustainability. They also conduct an ongoing series of workshops at Shadyside Nursery that teach the public about vermiculture, seed-starting, garden maintenance, and other composting practices. Since you’re feeling green, just down the street from the nursery, you'll find a Healthy Ride Bike Sharing Station so you can leave the car at home and explore the rest of Shadyside via bike. If all those worms put you in a mood for linguine, stroll over to Noodlehead, for the city’s most beloved Thai food at preposterously low prices -- but know before you go, Noodlehead is cash only, BYOB, and doesn’t take reservations, so you may have to wait a few minutes to get the coveted outdoor seating.