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Worm Farming as a Business

Are Worms Working for You?Are Worms Working For You?

Earthworms are pretty cool. Squiggly little creatures who convert all your kitchen scraps into valuable plant food. Each worm is a tiny factory, gobbling up food scraps and converting them into organic garden fertilizer, sometimes called black gold, but most times called castings, and never worm ‘poo’.

Did you know that worms eat their weight in food each day? In a one bin residential system, housing about 2000 worms, that means they are processing up to 2 lbs of scraps per day! With food scraps making up nearly 50% of wastes thrown out by households, you can see how raising worms will help with your environmental footprint.

These little guys never yell, screech, rebel, or cause you trouble, just work all day without complaining.

Worms are small, but mighty. They are literally the ‘Tillers of the Earth’ and have been around for an estimated 120 million years! working every day of it no doubt! To say worms are one of the most important creatures on earth, would be completely true. Just think of how many birds, and small animals, eat worms. They sustain hundreds of species.

Add worms to your life, and get them working for you, too! No more lugging heavy bags of kitchen garbage to the curb. Let worms turn it all into organic garden fertilizer, for your vegetable plots, flowers, and houseplants.

Worms can save you money. Which is as good as making money, only better.

 

Worm Farm Business Opportunity

Start each morning by sprinkling your morning coffee grounds into the worm bin, over the shredded newspaper. Your worms will be waiting. They love to read the news while having coffee…

In the average home, there are many pounds of vegetable peels, fruit peels, wilted greens, brown avocados (which worms absolutely love!) eggshells, leafy vegetables, spinach, lettuce, carrot tops, corn, cabbage, grass clippings, leaves, wet grains, old salad, that kind of thing.

Keep all of this out of your garbage bags. Divert it right into your own worm bin! Save the landfills!

Worms are delighted to eat these scraps for you, processing them, and creating castings, the most complete organic garden fertilizer your plants will ever need. This incredible fertilizer can be collected right out of the bin, and once you make sure there are no worms in it, you can bag it and sell it! or use it on your own plants.

If you have approx. 2000 worms in one bin, they should produce about 7 lbs of castings per month.
The average price per pound is around two dollars. That would be about fifteen dollars a month per worm bin.

Or seven lbs of the best organic fertilizer your plants have ever tasted.

 

 

Growing Worms For Dollars

Worms multiply quickly if they are eating well, and their bin has plenty of bedding, aka, shredded newspaper, and shredded brown cardboard. Everything must be kept continually moist, not wet, and never dry.

These are ideal conditions for worm mating. And you’ll really want to encourage your worms to make as many wormlets, or eggs, as possible. The average price for a lb. of worms, (approx. 1000) is $50 !

As these are creatures of nature it will take a little time for them to get established and feeling content, and happy in their new home. When they are content, that’s when they begin to lay eggs everywhere within their bedding environment.

Now the newly hatched wormlet, which is like a piece of thread, 1 quarter inch long, has to grow. Be patient and nurture your worm farm with love and care. Give them the right foods, snacks and coffee grounds, and they will grow quickly, but it will take a few months to see harvest ready worms.

When you see great knots of worms roiling about just under the surface in your bin, you know you are doubling your original stock.

No need to count each individual squiggler, just grab a knot and weigh it on your kitchen scale,  then drop the whole pile into a container modified for worm transportation. Sell them, or give them to a friend.

 

Worm Trivia

  1. One square foot of space per lb of worms
  2. Approx 1000 worms per pound
  3. Worms eat their weight in food each day
  4. 1 million worms = 700 lbs of castings each day
  5. 2000 red worms in a bin = 7 lbs of casting per month
  6. Worms add nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus to soil
  7. Makers of organic garden fertilizer
  8. Farmers best friend
  9. Millions of worms sold each year
  10. Each worm is both male and female

 

Worm Bins to Remember

You can get started quickly with a one bin system.

Hungry Bin Flow Through Worm Farm has got to be the “Cadillac” of worm farming.

This bin does it all. The tapered shape compresses worm castings, encouraging the worms to stay in the upper portion of the bin, where there is food and living space.

This keeps your worm waste, your valuable castings, packed into the bottom, worm free. Simply un-clip the bottom tub to empty this rich bounty into a waiting bucket.

No bins or trays to move around, shift or stack. Just one simple bin, fresh food in the top, worm castings out the bottom. It’s equipped with a spigot as well, to collect the liquid from the farm, known as ‘worm tea’.

Worm tea is also a great fertilizer, though it’s quite concentrated, so mix 50/50 with water before using on your plants.

The Hungry Bin Flow Through Worm Farm can be found here:

Collect vegetable scraps to load your worm bin into this beautiful compost pail that can sit on your kitchen counter. If you have time, I recommend chopping any and all scraps to itty bits. The worms can process them faster.

 Urban Worm Bag- Version 2, is my second recommendation, as a light-weight vermicomposting system for home, office or school project.

The shape is similar to the Hungry Bin, but this one is made of a waterproof, breathable fabric, and is a great price for the beginning worm farmer.

There is a secondary area at the bottom for collecting pure worm castings as they are made. You just open and empty once a month.

Using the simple, yet highly efficient continuous flow concept, the Urban Worm Bag performs beautifully for year after year.

Urban Worm Bag can be found here: 

Authentic DIY Experience

My first venture into worm farming, I embraced the do it yourself method. I first purchased many small tubs, drilled holes all over them, set each one up with shredded bedding and some dirt, and the veg scraps.

Everything was going well, but the tubs got too dry, and my worms all ran away. I mean it, they all disappeared into the ground never to be seen again! I know now the bins were too small.

My second DIY project was a huge bin. Correct the mistake, right? lol This I loaded with bedding, whetted it down, and plopped a pound of worms in there. Within weeks there were so many worms I was astonished! The problem came when I wanted to separate the worms from the castings.

I spread a tarp on the lawn, then struggled to move my bin which became astronomically heavy, to dump it on there and begin the separation project, which was very tedious, and went on for far to long. It became clear to me that a professionally made worm bin was a better way to proceed.

I just didn’t have enough time to be chasing worms!

 

Last Notes

Remember to always keep your worm bin at a fairly stable temperature, between 50-80 degrees F. Place the bin in your kitchen broom closet, shaded corner of a sun room if you have one, the corner of your garage, the corner of a bathroom, or a hall closet.

You can also keep your worm bin outside in the complete shade, during spring and summer, but must bring it inside over winter.

This garden shredder would be amazing to have. It would reduce all leaves and veg waste to chips that the worms would love. Not to mention making all the mulch you would need to beautify your flowerbeds.

Though the stats on this machine says it can handle branches 1.5 inches around, I recommend nothing more than 1/2 inch if you want your machine to last. Plus all your cabbage leaves, tomato stalks, raspberry canes and the like.

Here’s an idea. Every year, worm farmers across the country could release a pound of worms into the wild, into a park down the road, into a local hay field.

That would be thousands of worms released into the soil of our planet. A good step in replenishing dwindling worm populations. Due to pesticides herbicides and chemical fertilizers, the unassuming earthworm is depleted by up to 80% in some areas.

As I’m passionate about the earth, and the environment, I feel that the more worms working in households across the NA continent, the better the world will be!

I’m in no way a worm expert, I just really enjoyed collecting this information to help people know more about the ins and outs of worms, and a worm farming business.

I hope this has been helpful information for you, and you now want to start your own worm farm!

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Thank you for reading this post!

Please leave me a comment below. I would love to hear your thoughts regarding this most interesting business of worm farming.

13 Comments

  1. Wow this is absolutely incredible, I can’t wait to get my own bin and get started. Thank you so much for all the information!

  2. A lot of great information and encouragement for starting a worm farm! The only thing that I would add is that worms hate an environment that is too acidic, so some steps to be taken so that the pH of their environment is ideal for them. Other than that, I want to make a worm farm myself.

    • Thank you for your comments.

      I would instruct people that when they get their worm bin, spend some time ripping newspaper (no colors) into strips, and cardboard into strips. push these into a bucket of water and soak for a few minutes. place some good old fashioned dirt in the bottom of your bin, then all your moist cardboard and newspaper, fluff it up to make holes and tunnels. mix your first batch of chopped up veggie scraps with soil, then pour it over the bedding. 

      Veg scraps are not acidic. Maybe citrus rinds, or meat, but we do not recommend putting those types of leftovers into the bin. I’m thinking you should be able to maintain a good Ph balance by not feeding such items. 

      Grab a bin, Mikhail ! Lets start a worm farm up in our respective areas, and then compare notes, and best practices!

      😀

      Kathleen

  3. It is fascinating to see that worm can be reared and can also provide source of income. I can’t remember the number of worms that came out of my bathroom tiles that I have killed. I never knew am killing money,lols. This worm farm looks like an amazing business to do without stress with the help of a professional worm bin. I will love to make further research on how to take care of the little warmlet immediately after hatch. I will check if they also require vaccines or not. Thanks for this wonderful enlightening about worm farming.

    • Hi Stella, thanks for your comments!!

      You need do nothing special to take care of the little wormlets after they hatch. Just keep providing veggie scraps and other yummies to eat, perhaps run the scraps through your blender to make a slurry, pour that into your worm bin. The tiny wormies will love that the veggie particles can be munched up easier than big pieces.

      Keep your bin warm and moist, and your are going to be a winner!

      My bin is arriving Oct 4th. Can’t wait to start this adventure! Will be posting short videos on steps taken to set up and get going, etc.

      Kathleen

  4. Wow, this is really unbelievable, who’d think of such a lucrative business could come out of what we detest so muchand most times try to spray chemical on whenever we see them. This is really informative, I mist commend your efforts, this is a sire way of making some extra income. As it is, I’ll get my bin sharply and I’ll get my worms. Thanks for sharing such an amazing article, its really useful.

    • Thank you, Jones, for your comments on my worm farming article!

      My hungry worm bin just arrived today, so I’m setting it up, getting the starter worms, and starting up my first modern worm bin! 

      On my farm I’ve had totes and buckets and compost heaps, but never a worm bin that produces castings for me to collect.

      I’m going to video the whole process, and will be sharing it on this website! Please check back and see the worm bin in action!

  5. Thank you for that eye opener, it goes to show how easy it is for someone to make a difference to the environment utilising organic and natural methodologies. To think worm numbers are depleting yet the solution is so simple. Put them back into the ground and let them grow and multiply.It doesnt cost you anything and a number of wonerous things happen, good soil for growing and you can sell on your worms to people who can also repeat this process to benefit the earth. Its great you have mentioned options and advised instructions for the best way to have a healthy worm farm too…

    • Hello Sam, and thank you for your comments!

      It’s true we hardly ever think about the little worm, but we do need to start. More people with worm bins on their property the better, in my opinion. And then, yes, those people should release a certain amount of their worms into the wild every summer. That would make a difference, don’t you think?

      and all the discarded vegetable matter from a worm bin household would be going into making soil, not to the landfill, which eventually it will become soil in the dump, but the worm bin makes soil way faster!

      I’m setting my worm bin up today, and making a video of the process. Please come back to this site and see how it all works, and how you too can set one up. I know a person like you would have a worm bin at your home, doing your part for the environment, and the good of the planet.

  6. Very nice and informative article about worm farming as a business. I knew worms to have lots of benefits and possibilities but did not figure most of these before reading this. I have been growing worms to process our bio waste but not that active way. Actually it seems they dont need so active “leadership” to eventually multiply. However, thanks for sharing this!

    • Hey Jesse, thanks for your comments!

      I’m glad I wrote a comprehensive article. It was my first one for this website, so a lot of learning went into it, and I wasn’t sure if it would be clear to readers, but hey! you say it is so that’s awesome.

      I was astonished as I began researching the lowly earthworm, at what a great impact this small creature has on the earth. They live their little lives, breed and multiply and multiply and eat and eat…and poo! lol. That’s about it. But super effective if your job is tilling the earth.

  7. Fascinating article. I grew up around a lot of worms in Oregon. I think they do better there due to the wet climate. We always composted but not with a lot of thought. It really interesting to see the different ways to compost and and to read about how things you are saying to do. It’s a great article and one I am going to put in my favorites and start using your ideas and recommendations as soon as we buy our new home this winter.

    • Hi Rick, and thanks for your comments! 

      It’s very interesting to see how someone studied worms for a long time, and then created the modern worm bin! How amazing! can’t wait to set mine up and see for myself how a worm bin works.  Also looking forward to harvesting the castings, and enriching my plants lives 🙂

      My Hungry Bin has arrived, so I’m going to make a short video of setting it up, and getting it started, just so people like you can see how it works. I will be putting videos on my website every once in a while detailing the worm bin journey.

      How exciting for you that you are shopping for a home! Such a wonderful experience. I love looking at houses and properties. We looked at so many, then suddenly we drove up to “the one”, and we knew it instantly!

      Wishing you all the success in this endeavor. May you find the prefect home. And when your settled, come back here to watch my videos of setting up the worm bin, and detailing how it grows over the months.

      Kathleen

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