We use cattle manure to grow our worms and produce worm castings, thousands and thousands of Liters per day. It’s hard to imagine what this looks like in the real world. The first photo in this post shows our starting point, raw manure. Once the worms have moved or been moved into the material the composting rows are covered with a thick layer of straw mulch, you can see this in the second photo. Finally with careful management the straw can be removed to harvest castings from the outer layer of the original manure pile. This process is repeated almost daily and the finished castings are screened before being packed for you to use. Our third photo depicts the finished product. By the time this has happened, (it only takes a few months), the worms have moved into fresher manure placed next to the completed compost, easy peasy right.
Now that we’ve walked you through the program where have the worms gone? Keep in mind that the little wonders have been getting busy making baby worms the whole time and the colony will have tripled in size. It’s an amazing bit of work from Mother Nature, but, the worms need to eat, we need more manure. This is truly a self-propelled business you can’t have one without the other if you get the drift. Worms need manure to eat and castings always come next. So, what’s a worm farmer to do? We chose to expand.
This is where our manure management program had its beginnings. http://www.naturesperfectplantfood.com/about-us-2/manure-management/ In co-operation with many local (and by local we mean Southern Manitoba, it’s a big place) cattle and livestock farmers we have created satellite worm depots that act as alternate vermicast and worm producing sites. It’s the best of both worlds; the farmers can incorporate composting worms into their manure management scheme to reduce their carbon footprint by composting aerobically and harvest some castings for their fertilizing potential. We can harvest worms when needed or bump up our casting supplies at the height of the season, plus it ensures that we never run out of stock!
If you’re like us and want more transparency and honesty in our world, don’t look to the politicians or big companies, look to a worm farmer. Better yet, talk to one, message us here on the web page or through our Face book page. https://www.facebook.com/NATURESPERFECTPLANTFOOD/