I accidentally started worm farming when my husband Earl decided he wanted 2 freshwater eels. The employee at the pet store assured us they would eat flake food. We get home and I then discover via research that eels eat live food. I started out buying red worms from a bait store and then I discovered you can build your own rubber maid tote bin and keep them alive in there. This led to me ordering 500 worms at a time from a huge supplier online.
This continued for 2 years. Until….. some very poor customer service occurred about an order. By this time it dawned on me that I could keep red worms alive in a plastic tote and they multiplied! I then discovered Bentley Christie’s site http://www.redwormcomposting.com and I started reading everything he posted.
Around this time, I learned how to harvest the castings from that first bin and I shared them with a friend who loves to garden. When he told me his neighbors asked him what he was using in his raised garden beds and that he had always had nice beds, but this year they were unbelievable. My friend then called me and said he would never buy worm castings from a retail store again as long as I kept producing them.
That conversation and the results from my own small garden prompted me to do more research online about worm castings and the availability in this area. Big light bulb moment here!!
What started as food for freshwater eels has now turned into something amazing that I love to do. I do still have the eels and they are huge now.
Here is the link of where I first learned about a cheap and easy tote bin: http://www.whatcom.wsu.edu/ag/compost/easywormbin.htm
So if you’re looking to buy worms or worm castings in the Knoxville, TN area, I would love to earn your business! Please e-mail me or call 865-363-8857.