Worm farming is a nitty gritty job that involves careful planning, a tedious procedure and a lot of worms. If you're the type of person that cringes just thinking of slimy, wiggly creatures, then this is not the job for you. However, if you're one of the braver ones who don't mind getting dirty and love Mother Nature herself, then being a worm farmer might interest you. Also known as Vermiculture, it is an eco-friendly way to organically produce baits and compost by cultivating worms in large quantities. Allow yourself a learning curve by starting a small farm that you can easily manage. Once you get used to it, you can then grow and develop it into something bigger. Here are the things you need to do in order to be a successful worm farmer.
- Start by building enclosures with the use of an untreated lumber. It should be at least 2 feet high. The size of the pen should be 4 by 6. Create a adding by filling the lumber with, sawdust, moss or shredded newspaper.
- Buy your worms. It is strongly recommended that you choose red wigglers for your farm. This is perfect for baits and fertilizers. It can also lay900 eggs per year.
- Feed your worms properly by giving them the right diet and amount of food. You can use mashed chicken, grains or commercial worm food that you easily buy at any specialty stores. All you have to do is to lay the food on top of the bedding and the worms will crawl up to feed. Make sure you only give them what they can consume or else it will attract flies and maggots. That can lead to diseases and molds.
- Ensure you have the correct temperature for your pens. It should be between 40 to 80 degrees. You can achieve this by using lamps and shade cloth to keep the temperature at bay.
- Maintain the moisture level by setting up sprinklers and a drainage system. It should be like a squeezed out sponge.
- After one year of cultivating, the worms should be healthy and big enough. Harvest it by using an automatic worm grader. This equipment can separate the castings from the worms.
- You can then start selling the worms and its castings to organic farms, florists or fishing shops. You will surely have enough after twelve months of tedious work in cultivation.
Worm farming is a job that certainly gives you a unique experience. With tender love and care, you can produce healthy worms that your soon to be clients will surely love. Since not all people can do this work, there is a high demand for such produce. Not only you are making a profit, but you are also being environmentally friendly by encouraging the use of organically made products. Almost nothing can beat that. Always remember to treat your worms as important as your farm. Be patient, never take the short route or else, you will end up producing sickly worms and infected castings that can have health issues if not tended properly.