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Have You Ever Considered Worm Farming?

Worm farming is not a particularly new business idea – it’s been around for years – but it certainly seems to be gaining in popularity as a home business all the time.

You might have come across it without really knowing what you would do with any worms you managed to farm. So to what purpose are farmed worms put?

Well, that depends on the breed of the worms. Bet you hadn’t thought too much about the different breeds of worms and the specialist purposes that those different breeds can be put to had you?

Typically, someone who breeds worms commercially will probably specialize in a specific breed, or at least keep individual breeds in their own separate containers.

Worms bred for profit are largely sold for composting. Some large scale worm farmers sell their worms to landfill sites to provide an environmentally-friendly way of breaking down waste.

Soil fertilization is another use for commercially-bred worms. This is an excellent way of rejuvenating soil that has been over-farmed allowing it to produce better growing, healthier crops.

The farming of worms is, in itself, a pretty environmentally-friendly activity. Why? Because, typically, farmed worms are fed on household waste such as leftover fruit and vegetables, eggshells etc.

Fishing tackle shops also provide a market for worm farmers because worms are a popular bait with fishermen.

If you want to be a worm farmer you first have to decide what specific market or markets you’re going to breed your worms for. This is because different breeds of worm serve different purposes. Or, to put it another way, not every individual worm breed is suitable for every purpose to which worms can be put.

Red worms are a breed that is very suitable for use in composting. Belgian worms can also be used for composting and also make very good fishing bait.

Very good worms for use as soil rejuvenators are Night Crawlers and Wigglers.

Worms can be farmed on just about any scale you like. You can even get small bins that are suitable for breeding worms indoors. So, even if you live in an apartment you could still farm worms on a small scale.

Farming of worms is certainly not a get-rich-quick scheme. After taking into account the initial investment and ongoing costs, it will usually take from three to five years to break even from your venture.

If you’re environmentally conscious and want a business that is in line with your beliefs, worm farming is certainly an activity worth considering.

By Richard Harley

I have farmed most of my life, worked for a John Deere dealer as a mechanic, drove semi trucks for 30 years, worked in a factory, been working on the Internet for 18 years, I love helping others make money on the Internet. I like traveling, camping, good movies, being with good friends and family.

Ever Heard of Worm Farming?

An interesting way to create compost both large and small is through the process known as worm farming.  The process involves using red worms to break down foodstuffs into biodegradable and useful mulch, as well as to help get rid of biodegradable waste quicker.

The process is relatively simple if one wanted to have their own worm farm, although seemingly messy.  It takes having a container, moistened newspaper, a dark room, some extra water, soil, food waste and a lot of red worms, as opposed to night crawlers or any other worms you might think about.  Yes, this means you can’t just go out in your yard and pull up any worm.  Well, you could, but the process wouldn’t work quite as well.  These are the basics.  There is a full process you’d have to go through to get it up and working, but these are the components of it all.

These days there are large worm farm businesses that contract with restaurants to help them get rid of their food wastes.  Those who consider themselves as being eco-friendly would rather set up a process like this, which separates food wastes from other wastes that they create and gives back to the environment.

You will be able to determine how many worms you’ll need for your worm farm based on the size of the containment area you have.  You’ll want to keep them contained, otherwise they’ll go elsewhere and you’ll never get them back.  You also want to plan for expanded worm growth, as worms can lay as many as 900 eggs a year.  Supposedly worms will thin themselves out of you don’t have enough room for all of them to survive, but if you’re looking to do more than just a few food scraps you might want a bigger container.  At a minimum, it’s recommended to have at least a container that’s 7 inches deep, 2′ x 2′ around, and add to that around 2 pounds of worms.

Worm farming can be done in an apartment, as long as you have an area that you can keep very dark, as worms don’t do well in the light.  You also don’t want to cover it up, to make sure there’s a constant flow of fresh air.  Preferably, you’ll want a house to do it in, probably in the garage or any other area where there’s not only fresh air, but an area that will make it easier to keep the environment damp.

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