Worm farm – Organic Compost
Starting an organic lifestyle can take on different directions one is start up a wurm farm.
Providing your own good compost cut cost dramatically.
What is Vermicompost? – Wikipedia
- “Vermicompost is the product of the decomposition process using various species of worms, usually red wigglers, white worms, and other earthworms, to create a mixture of decomposing vegetable or food waste, bedding materials, and vermicast.
- Vermicast (also called worm castings, worm humus, worm manure, or worm feces) is the end-product of the breakdown of organic matter by earthworms.
- These castings have been shown to contain reduced levels of contaminants and a higher saturation of nutrients than the organic materials before vermicomposting.
- Vermicompost contains water-soluble nutrients and is an excellent, nutrient-rich organic fertilizer and soil conditioner.
- It is used in farming and small scale sustainable, organic farming.
- Vermicomposting can also be applied for treatment of sewage.
- A variation of the process is vermifiltration (or vermidigestion) which is used to remove organic matter, pathogens and oxygen demand from wastewater or directly from blackwater of flush toilets.”
What is Worm Tea? – Alwyn Pieterse
- Worm tea is a by-product of the organic worm composting process.
- Worms break down organic matter into castings that enrich soil, reduce waste build-up, and enhance plant growth, while helping to control diseases that attack those plants, and much more.
- The water that has been used to keep the worm bins moist or to harvest castings gets collected by the worm grower’s strategically placed containers.
- This water has diluted castings in it, making it a rich source of plant and garden nutrients.
- Using worm tea on potted plants requires adding an equal part of fresh water to dilute the solution (it is VERY concentrated nutrition).
- The liquid has a revitalizing effect on old potting soils.
- If you choose to use the worm tea on plants in the ground, using it full strength is fine.
- You will find that your sick or weak plants will benefit significantly from a drink or two of worm tea.
- Roots of stressed plants have shown a real increase in vigor when treated with worm tea.
Is There a Market For Earthworms?
- Simply stated, YES!
- Earthworms are valuable.
- New markets open up regularly for worms because a worldwide shortage exists.
- Redworms are a very simple creature to raise and care for.
- Until recently, the earthworm market was mostly limited to the fishing industry, providing bait (literally billions of worms were dedicated to the job).
- Now, as ecological awareness grows, earthworms are also being used to compost organic waste.
- Our landfills worldwide are being helped by the worms’ voracious appetite to compost.
- Universities and scientists alike are conducting studies to see just how helpful the effects of the worms can be.
- Worms Rebuild Old Soil
Who Buys Earthworms
- Earthworms are sold in a variety of markets and used for a variety of purposes: fishing, soil improvement, and fertilizer production.
- Any good business person will tell you that a consumable product is a profitable product.
- And earthworms are very consumable!
- As the world population grows, so does the need by anglers and gardeners to buy more worms.
- Even as new worm growers start growing each year, the supply is never enough to meet the demand (especially during the peak spring season).
- Bait and tackle stores that are far from worm farms will frequently buy the product via mail order.
- It is not unusual for a worm grower to have never met the customer he has been servicing for several years.
Worms for Fishing
- The sport-fishing industry is a huge buyer of redworms world wide.