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The 2017 Guide to Getting Started with Vermicomposting

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23 Comments

  1. Barbara
    December 23, 2014 @ 10:32 pm

    I enjoy and shared the frogs video.
    I participate in the Garden Web vermicomposting forum.
    I can’t link that site to you because commercial is not allowed.

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    • Lu
      June 13, 2015 @ 10:34 am

      Do you have a shop or place for pick up of worms. I’d like to avoid shipping costs if possible. Please advise. Thanks!

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      • Steve
        June 13, 2015 @ 1:53 pm

        Hi Lu,
        I am very low on my own stock right now. Are you in the Philadelphia area?

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  2. barbara
    December 23, 2014 @ 10:35 pm

    you could participate if you enrolled as a person and didn’t let on about your business.

    The forum would like especially the bit about obsession.
    and we all need reminding not to bother them too much.
    Something seems to have got lost. ???

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  3. JESSE BASDEO
    April 22, 2015 @ 6:30 pm

    Good Day,

    I have recently acquired a permit from the Cayman Islands government to import red wiggler worms. I would be interesting in ordering worms from Blue Collar Worms. However, the government is asking for the following:

    An official health certificate for the movement of animals. This needs to be issued within 30 days prior to arrival of the worms, and a section stating that there are no other species in the shipment to the Cayman Islands. This needs to be endorsed by the USDA.

    Is this possible to obtain?

    Thanks in advance
    Jesse B

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    • Steve
      April 23, 2015 @ 2:02 pm

      Ooh, I don’t know about that. I know I don’t have the resources to provide that.

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  4. Dee
    May 30, 2015 @ 1:54 pm

    Hi, Thanks for the invite to list our business in your directory. I did so, but the worm castings template does not allow for changes and we sell 50 # bags picked up at the farm for $7.50 not just 5 #’s, and we ship 10#’s for $25.00 not 5#’s. Can that be adjusted somehow? Thanks again!

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  5. Barry Winters
    March 24, 2016 @ 11:52 am

    How can I change my listing FROM: Commercial Vendor
    TO: Vermicultureist
    I mis-entered my listing info

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    • Steve
      March 24, 2016 @ 8:21 pm

      Hi Barry! I have deleted your listing since I can’t change the category. I hope to see your new listing soon!
      Steve

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  6. Debbie Bethel
    April 4, 2016 @ 12:37 am

    Hi, Thanks for adding me to the list & all the time & work you have done. The directory looks great and I’m sure will benefit us all. Thank you!

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    • Steve
      April 4, 2016 @ 2:00 pm

      It’s wonderful to have you Debbie! 🙂

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  7. Mary Ann Smith
    October 8, 2016 @ 9:48 pm

    Another contact and sale due to my listing on the Urban Worm Network! A man drove 1-1/2 hours with his young son to see my farm, buy 2 pounds of Red Wigglers and ask lots of questions about starting his own business! So glad I didn’t miss this contact! Thanks, Steve Churchill!!!

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  8. Kristen
    March 1, 2017 @ 8:04 am

    Hey Steve, I live in Thorndale, PA and would like to come pick up a pound or two of Red Wigglers. From the photos on Google Urban Worm Network address looks like your home. Do you do Local Pick Up by appointment?

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    • Steve
      March 1, 2017 @ 8:10 am

      Hi Kristen,
      I just replied to your e-mail address. I think this will work out just fine!
      Steve

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  9. Joy
    March 7, 2017 @ 4:35 pm

    I live in Langhorn, PA. I looking for Red Wiggler Worms and Alabama jumper for making compost indoor (garage). I would need small amount (1 LB or less) these. I am composing in a 5 gallon bin. Do you sell these what the rate?

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    • Steve
      March 9, 2017 @ 9:44 pm

      Hi Joy! I am a little wiped out at the time, but if you can give me a few weeks, I can either order several pounds and sell you one of them or my stock will recover and I can sell you some of mine. $28/lb for local pickup!

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    • Steve
      March 9, 2017 @ 9:46 pm

      Also, I have no AJs. The Amanthas family is not the best for composting in any sort of a closed environment. Much better to stick with the Red Wigglers!

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  10. Lori Clark
    March 8, 2017 @ 10:40 am

    Hi!
    Just getting back into worms and cant wait! Anyone near Northwest Indiana for pick up? Thank so much and also for all the great info!
    Lori

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    • Steve
      March 9, 2017 @ 9:25 pm

      Hi Lori! Pretty soon, I’ll be re-launching the Urban Worm Network and you’ll hopefully be able to find a NW Indiana supplier in no time! I know of someoe who lives in DeMotte who might be able to sell you a pound or two. I’ll check and see if they can spare any!

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    • Steve
      March 9, 2017 @ 9:51 pm

      Hi Lori,
      Look for an e-mail from my friend Joy Kaluf! She might be able to spare a pound or two! Good luck!

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  11. Kristin Riley
    May 3, 2017 @ 9:53 am

    I received your email this morning regarding vermi 101 and I’ve been trying to send input but the email keeps getting kicked back saying unable to deliver. How shall I address it please?

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    • Steve
      May 3, 2017 @ 10:56 am

      Hi Kristen! I am sorry you had trouble and appreciate you going the extra mile to contact me. I just installed a security system which I didn’t think would affect any e-mail, but it is possible that it has. I responded to the e-mail from my personal account and eventually received that response at my UWC e-mail. In any case, I would love to hear your input here, so fire away! 🙂
      Steve

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      • Kristin Riley
        May 3, 2017 @ 2:52 pm

        Good morning! I’ve been composting with worms since my son turned 3 in 2014. We started a worm bin for his birthday that year since his birthday is also Earth Day. Can’t have a kid born on Earth Day and not teach him about recycling. Anyway, it really took off and I have been trying to expand and get others involved. Before we moved from Texas, we even had a worm bin making playdate with some mommy friends and their kids. What a blast we had! Now here we are in Warren, Ohio. My vermicomposting endeavors helped be land an AmeriCorps VISTA position for a year ending here in June. I have been able to set up an in office worm bin and I will be soon speaking at a local school and also conducting a workshop to make and take worm bins for those interested. During the past year , I have also done research on other composting methodology which I have found some to benefit worms also. It’s been an interesting journey. I have somehow become the composting nerd here but I’m good with that.

        Now getting back to input. One of the recurring concerns I have come across is that of fruit flies/ gnats. I completely understand that concern as I too have fallen victim to those pests. I don’t believe there is a one step solution to fixing that problem. My outbreaks have admittedly been linked to overfeeding. Yes, I got in a hurry but the worms were not. My approach to remedy the outbreak included: removing excess food first, combo of fly tape and shop vac, and then coat the top of the bedding with food grade diatomaceous earth and allow the bin to dry out a bit. I keep my worms in the basement of our house and these steps have so far, been the quickest for getting control of the situation (about 1 week). Concern for smell has been a smaller concern but still a concern. I’ve addressed this in a couple of ways. First was to just simply educate the person about the process and explain what shouldn’t go into a bin and what would cause odors. There were a couple of folks that I just handed them a bag of vermicompost and talked them into sniffing LOL! They were pleasantly surprised.

        Well, I hope my input helps at least a little. I’m not sure where I go from here but I will keep worm wrangling here in Warren, Ohio with my kiddo.

        Peace, Love, and Worms,
        Kristin Riley
        [email protected]
        814-282-7665

        I tried again to send via email but it still doesn’t like me lol! More than one way to skin a cat (or worm)

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