Somewhere along this point I began to realize that monetizing on Worm sales, waste pick-up, and Worm Castings sales, was incongruent with how I wanted to farm the worms. What I found out is that bin management for Worm Casting production and bin management for Worm sales (bait shop) are two different practices. Again, it can be done, once some experience is gained but in the beginning, for me it was a little unrealistic. I have a pretty small area to work in and this quickly became an issue with the bins I am using (WigWam).
I narrowed my sights somewhat in the beginning to solely focus on worm casting production. My thought being that the marijuana industry in the U.S. would buy enough of my worm castings to keep me busy. I began reaching out to growers in the legal states and sending sample bags. Turns out at the time I was doing this, the growers were pretty secretive about where their grow locations were. A lot of time can be spent trying to locate the right place and the key people. This led me to the eCommerce platforms like Amazon and eBay and others. I flirted with the idea of going to the local farmer’s market here in St. Louis but I have customers already coming to my home to purchase Worm Castings and Worms. If you are thinking about worm casting production, the cost of shipping becomes pretty important and plays a big role in the reflected sales price.
As a side note, one thing I always had in the back of my mind was if I wasn’t able to sell enough worm castings, I could use the worm castings in my garden to 1) have a better garden or/and 2) raise some vegetables to sell. Either way I was moving toward my goal of being a farmer.
Some other things to keep in mind if you want to focus solely on Worm Casting production is a constant diet and bedding for the worms so that you can create a consistent product, screening, packaging and labelling, shipping, and points of sale. Sometimes I think it would be great to have a bulk buyer(s) because it may elliminate some of the extra work of selling smaller bags. But I can tell you that being in the local market like stores, are just as fun and rewarding as selling online and it’s nice to be able to pass along the savings on shipping to the customer.
In Part 3 I will discuss more where I am currently in the biz and my future plans.