Jun 17

From the Wife of a Worm Farmer

My husband is so smart.  Don’t stop reading – I know you think yours is smart too.  But mine farms worms.  He’s so smart. 

Seven years ago, I thought he was…not that smart.  He got this crazy idea that he could breed waterdogs (those are baby salamanders) in our storage room.  He actually started them in a terrarium on our kitchen table, which is part of the reason he wasn’t that smart.  That was ick.  So he quickly moved the operation out to the storage room.  He rapidly realized that salamanders need to be fed, and that worms are an excellent way to meet that need.  So he bought a few red wigglers.  That is how he became a worm farmer.

Fast-forward through the trial-and-error of learning all about worms, worm castings, setting up a business (www.canyonlandworms.com), working the area farmer’s markets and generally spending every weekend up to his elbows in worms.  In my eyes, he was getting smarter – but there were still worms all around us.  One time he used strong coffee grounds from our favorite coffee shop and newspaper to feed the worms.  We woke up to a sea of worms who had tried to flee the hot mess of composting coffee grounds, only to meet their demise on our patio and pool deck.  Dead and stuck to the ground.  Gross.

Another time, he decided to keep a three-tray worm composter in the laundry room of our brand-new home near Anthem, Arizona.  Those worms played host to a few hundred fruit flies.  Back at the old house, when fruit flies made an appearance, my smart hubby used a propane torch to burn them in the air.  Poor li’l fruit flies – but it solved the problem.  This time, though, he failed to notice the basket of used cleaning rags I was preparing to wash.  Propane torch in-hand, he burned those pesky little boogers and felt pretty good about the whole operation.  Until we smelled smoke.  Apparently, when a scorched fruit fly lands in a pile of chemical-soaked rags, it starts a fire.  A good lesson to learn.

But my husband IS smart.  All of these lessons led him to invent something simply amazing.  He is able (with one composting system) to raise worms, harvest castings, compost all our scraps and water our gardens with fertilized water.  He has devised a way to keep thousands of worms alive during the scorching heat of our Phoenix summers.  He has worm castings available at any time of the day or night (you never know when you might need some).  We are learning to grow food for ourselves!  He is taking our family on an amazing journey of good health for ourselves and our home.  He’s so smart.

He’s looking for a partner or investor for his invention.  He wants to to share his ideas with someone who can take his system to the world – or at least to the rest of Phoenix.  If you’re looking to work with worms or composting, if you are interested in sources for organic fertilizer and easy-to-use systems for getting the job done - I’ve got a close connection.  He’s really smart.

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