40,000 worms, one perfect learning experience

Yvonne Norman:And there are certain foods they like better. There you go. If you put fruit in there, they’re going to eat the fruit first before they eat the vegetables. So if you give them too much fruit they won’t have a balanced diet. They are kind of like people if they have a balanced diet they are going to be healthier so we try to make sure they have a mixture of things. (bin motor grinds out compost) So they live in the top six to eight inches, which will be up here more so as we first started and it was down here and we kept adding food and they keep moving up to the food and moving through it, you know, chewing through it, chewing through it, until they get to the top. And once it got to be this high, then we harvested for the first time so everything down here are castings that have kind of sat and cured, and more important thing then them just sitting there is that the worms have a chance to move up out of that area and if they’ve laid any eggs they’ve had a chance to hatch and move up to the top as well. So, you know, if you look in here we aren’t seeing worms, we’re not seeing the eggs; this is just more of the castings. So this will go out to the garden and really improve things. So there is just pure worm castings.

36 thoughts on “40,000 worms, one perfect learning experience

  1. Great set up. Can you describe the sifting mechanism? Also, are the harvested castings ever infected with red mites, spider mites, etc.?


  2. @badboyorganics In my small wooden worm bin, the gnats tend to only stick around as long as there is food on top. As soon as the worms have done their deed, they go away. I suppose if you're really concerned about gnats, you could try to find a species of nematode that preys on their larvae and spray them over your bin after every feeding .

  3. I really appreciate this design, especially how you've calculated the depth at which the eggs begin to hatch. I'm assuming the sifting mechanism is just a rapid reciprocating action of the grating?

  4. Wormwigwamdotcom is where this exact unit is. They are modular units made by Sustainable Agriculture Technologies, Inc outside of Eugene, OR. They are sold in 8' sections. The initial unit runs about $5,200. Each additional 8' section runs about $3,000 (3 sided). There are two winches that drag a bar along the bottom over a grate system to harvest the castings. It measures 5' x 8' x 2'

  5. I hope my response below answered many of your questions. This isn't my video, but I'm an expert worm farmer and have researched this exact machine.

  6. Absolutely. The red worm is also known as the compost worm, nightcrawler, red wriggler, tiger worm, or simply manure worm. Their official name is Eisenia Fetida. These are the fellas that will make awesome compost for you.
    Earthworms are great for bringing air to your soil, but they do not produce compost.

  7. The big fat earthworms that we are used to (I knew them as a kid as Nightcrawlers) are a burrowing worm. They have permanent burrows, come up at night, snatch something tasty and drag it down into their burrow… Red Wigglers are a compost worm. They work just under the surface and eat what is natural for them… Their egg cases can hibernate for years until something they like triggers it…. And they are everywhere. So if you build a compost pile, guaranteed that the right worm will find it.

  8. Great video! Composting needs to be more widespread. Check out my fundraiser Chattanooga City Composting at Indiegogo to contribute to a city-wide composting. I have the Worm Factory 360 as a backer reward but you can also use my affiliate link on my website link from my campaign to contribute to this effort as well. Also check out neighborhood project for community compost and urban garden I am working on. Go to Causeway and search for Hill City Community Compost.

  9. @Choxthemuse Are you looking to produce the highest performing compost possible? Or to breed your own live worms for fishing? Or to dispose of your organic waste in the most environmentally way possible?

    Do you want to SAVE MONEY and avoid unnecessary disappointment when getting started with your new worm farming hobby?
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  10. Thanks for the link =) We are just experimenting with the worms. We wanted to use them in the aquaponics system and we thought it would be fun. I have just a little bin with some worms in it! Learning as I go =) It's been pretty good so far =)

  11. Lovely to see a woman at work… thanks .I'm always wondering why none of you ever seem to wear gloves? For that matter why every one who works with soil or organisms doesn't wear gloves? Just because it's a uniform colour doesn't mean there's nothing harmful in it. Seems like common sense to me but hey I'm just a weeder with my hands in the soil all day long. Good luck with those microbes.

  12. I never wear gloves. There is nothing in my bins that can make you ill. I am almost 64 and have had my hands in dirt and now worm castings all my life. If anything I am healthier for it because your body is given the chance to build anti bodies against bugs that could make you ill. All of these thing that people use today to avoid germs can make you a sick person. For my bedding I use coconut coir, moose droppings and scrap fruits and veggies. If I could have a bin outside I would use horse manure. Living in Alaska makes that hard.

  13. Hello, I have one question. How is it from rodents – rats … do not you have a problem with that? Does not go to the compost for food? Thanks for the information

  14. who posts a video like this and answers only 2 questions? if you are going to post on you tube act professional. The main part (the extractor) of this machine is patent protected. You don't reveal what it is when you pay thousands to buy the machine. otherwise people would be able to build their own.

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