I wanted to take minute and share my path with Red Wiggler Worm Farming for the production of Worm Castings. My process has somehow evolved a little differently than I had originally planned when I got into Worm Farming. I thought this may be important to share because someone out there may have the same ideas or possibly it will help someone.
I am no expert on running a business or a farm for that matter but I had owned successful businesses in the past. When I initially got into raising Red Wigglers, my plan was to capitalized on food waste pickup, sell worm castings, and sell Red Wigglers to bait shops for fisherman. Seemed easy enough. I had always wanted to be a farmer but since I was not born onto a farm, none of my family farmed, nor did I own any suitable land, I viewed Worm Farming as a low cost entry into a skill and lifestyle that I wanted to have.
So I began with a few rubbermaid totes and some Red Wigglers from Uncle Jim’s worm farm. In 2013 when I started, I was living inner city in St. Louis and had no transportation. I started calling on restaurants and produce markets near my house that I could transport food waste from on foot, in 5 gallon buckets back to my house. It worked and still does but I couldn’t really monetize the waste pickup like I thought. Largely because I couldn’t really provide a regular pickup (because I was still working a full time job as an airline pilot) and because I didn’t offer a waste receptacle more than a 5 gallon bucket. As you may know, worms can’t eat some things so asking a potential client to #1. do business with you and pay you, #2. separate their waste for you, and #3 you will pick it up when you can; this doesn’t exactly scream a solid business plan. Most places in the food industry do not want harbor rotting food waste just because you’re making badass fertilizer. But I still believe it could work under different circumstances.