Interested in worm farming?
There are several questions that you need to ask if you are thinking about a worm farm. Follow the links below for online help in deciding whether or not to venture into this hobby (or, in the case of HDC, ministry).
There are two reasons you might want to have a worm farm: to raise worms (e.g. for fishing) or to produce vermicompost (e.g. for gardening). There are nuanced differences to each of these so you'll want to decide this before you build your first bin.
Where you put your worm bins (farm) depends on temperature, humidity and convenience. Many have their bins indoors, in a garage, basement or spare room. Those who have their worm bins outdoors will need to take into consideration the weather at any given time, and they will also need to regularly inspect for unwanted creatures in and around the bin.
You'll need a container, bedding (though eaten, not the primary source of food and nutrients), food source, and worms.
There are several online sources for worms. The best idea would be to get them locally, but some locations do not have suppliers.
There are a variety of worms that produce vermicompost. Not all will product as quickly as others. Some worm farms mix a couple kinds of worms because they feed at different layers of the worm bin.
This depends on the species of worms that are doing the composting. A general rule for, say, red wigglers, is three months.
You might begin by reading The HDC paper on 'theology and worms'. Follow this link. If you are still interested, you'll want to find out what is already happening in your community with regard to worm farming and vermicomposting. Site visits and interviews will help answer a lot of questions about the processes used and the people using them. The main point we would offer is that working with others who have a like interest is all for the glory of God. Allow God's Spirit to guide the steps you take. Contact us if you would like to know more about a process called Joining God in the Neighborhood.
If you have questions just need help, feel free to contact HDC.