Worm compost offers numerous benefits to plants, including providing more minerals than regular compost, adding beneficial bacteria contributed by the red worm's gut and delivering fertiliser in a gentle fashion that prevents the burning of a plant's roots. Using these selling points, a worm hobbyist can explore the possibility of selling worm compost as a small- or large-scale commercial endeavour.
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- Organic material
Visit nearby nurseries, plant centres and hardware stores to see if buyers are receptive to purchasing worm compost. Contact golf courses and landscapers or organic products companies for possible bulk contracts. Stress the benefits of worm compost compared to chemical fertilisers and other organic soil amendments.
Locate sources of organic material to feed the compost worms. Coffee shops or restaurants may be able to provide buckets of slurry containing coffee grounds, tea bags and vegetable peelings. Farms with populations of cows, pigs or rabbits can provide sources of animal manure, which creates especially rich worm compost.
Create a large-scale worm compost operation. Some vermicompost companies set up outdoor windrows, sheltered, mulched rows of humped earth containing the organic material and the worms. Others raise worms in dozens of trays or hundreds of covered buckets in sheds.
Separate the worms from the compost, using a raised table with a shaker bar. Most vermicompost operations create home-crafted versions of such a separator. Returning the red worms to their environment to repeat the cycle while collecting the worm compost for sale.
Fill qt. and gallon zipper bags with worm compost and sell at farmers' markets, garden shows and agricultural fairs. Or offer to fill customers' 5-gallon buckets with compost.
Set up a website providing information and prices for your compost. Market yourself as the "worm guy" or "worm lady" to area media. Create a You Tube video showing the creation of worm compost at your operation.
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