Whether or not you plan on selling your finished compost, vermicomposting will greatly enhance its quality by allowing the worms to perform their magic in your stockpile. Your customers and friends will absolutely love it and “the word” will spread like wildfire. Before you start composting with worms, your question will likely be, “What will I do with all of this compost?” Once you are up and running, your question will become, “How can I produce compost faster to meet the demand?”. This - I promise you - happens virtually every time.
As it turns out, earth worms thrive in pre-composted horse manure with wood pellet bedding. “Pre-composting” is a term used in vermicomposting to mean the early active phase of aerated composting when pile temperatures exceed 55° C (131° F) for a minimum of three days. When these conditions are met, parasites, pathogens and weed seeds are destroyed and a considerable amount of heat energy is removed from the raw mix. Before the active phase of composting is complete (say 14 to 21 days), the pre-composted material is introduced into the vermicomposting system.
Read about the "Power of Worms" (a client success story) on our Blog. Jack Chambers shares his journey to developing a successful vermicomposting business.
We would also like to share this link to Montana Worm Farm for a list of some of the best places to purchase composting worms online. Be sure to read down to the bottom where you will find out how to answer the question: How many worms do I need?