The worm farming life.

Written by Matthew on May 30th, 2010

Hello everyone,

My apologize for not making many post as of recent. Been real busy with shipping out worms, getting packaging designed for castings and potting mix, finishing up a college degree, etc, etc. I love every minute of it though and would not have it any other way.

What I love best about worm farming is meeting some really nice people. I believe in all honesty that those who have interest in worm farming are the nicest people in the world.

On another note, I have been selling worms so fast that I was in danger of running short so I had to get some more breeder worms. It is a 6 hour drive to my colleagues worm farm. Once there he was very gracious to me and treated me to a tour of his farm. I am very grateful to Jack for this, because I learned so much from him. I am a real nube at worm farming it seems sometimes. Jack also had to learn things at one point though. When you look at his worm farm and the way in which his beds are laid out it seems that they are scattered about. Seeing this I asked him why his beds where place in the spots that they were. Jack kind of looked at me with a grin and began telling me about his learning experience. In short one night during a bad storm the power went out and that coupled with heavy rains caused the worms to migrate. Well not knowing what else to do Jack just started dumping manure right on top of the worms hoping that they would stay put, and they did. That is where his beds are to this day. Sometimes in life we look back on things that at the time seemed to be a real problem to us, when in reality this problem creates a solution for us or teaches us something we would have never learned otherwise.

Red Wiggler Worm Farm Recycling Project

As for the future of Worms Etc, here are the future plans. It is my goal to manufacture and dedicate a large flow through unit for the purpose of recycling grocery store waste into valuable fertilizer. How big? Well current plan is at least a 64′ long unit capable of handling 1000 pounds of waste vegetables per week. Several problems will need to be solved in order to meet this goal though. One of the main one is accessibility of the worm farm to large trucks. Another is an energy efficient building capable of holding the bin. I have used solar water collectors to heat bins in the past but not one this large. I think a better solution is to be to make the building self heating like a greenhouse and with a changeable skin allowing shade cloth to be used during the summer.

I am excited about these plans and will be posting pictures as ground breaking gets started. However it may be fall before things get really moving on this.

Matthew Wilson

 

5 Comments so far ↓

  1. greg hughes says:

    well matthew i wish all the luck with the flow throuth unit it sound like a great thing just wish i was able to do something like that and good luck on the building.and your friend with the scattered bed all over his yard that would have been the same move i would have made.then my yard would look like that i would have millions of worms. ok good luck an god bless

  2. Don Rothlisberger says:

    how would i change wormes from a home made ben to a factery ben

  3. Matthew says:

    I would just move them and the compost all to the new unit.

  4. BILL NEEDHAM says:

    are you the Mathew that start Roger Needham? I am interested is getting started. call me 850-501-1919

  5. Matthew says:

    Hello Bill, I sent you an email.

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