Urban Worm Calculator Tutorial Part 1
Urban Worm Calculator Tutorial Part 2
The description below should get you well on your way to understanding what the Urban Worm Calculator can do and how it does it.
It may seem tricky at first, but this tool is really easy to use. It can give you basic information like how your worms will mutiply over time. Or it can factor in your planned harvests on a month-by-month basis to include any die offs and what the financial value of your worms may be. For the vermicomposters, it tells you how much food waste you can expect them to process, and what amount of castings you might expect them to produce each day.
It also allows you to set some goals and it will instantly tell you when you should reach them.
Let’s get started!
In the last blog post, I ran some numbers in the Urban Worm Calculator and detailed what giving away or selling your worms too soon does to the future value of your worm stock. If you missed it, here it is. If you don’t want to go back and read it, just know that it can be bad. Really bad. Like thousands of dollars bad if your reproduction rate is healthy.
This post takes that concept a little further. You’ve learned the lesson that you shouldn’t sell or give away those worms too early. But once you’ve amassed an amount of worms you’re comfortable selling from, the next question is how many you can sell each month without suffering a reduction from the previous month. If instead of worms we were talking about money, the question we’d be asking here is “What is the interest my investment is making?”
I’m actually halfway serious.
Having run some numbers in the Urban Worm Calculator I’m developing, I’ve found some truly amazing – and disturbing- numbers about what happens when you start selling your worms too early.
In short, it destroys the potential growth of your worm herd and the financial worth you attach to it.
We’re going to use some example numbers here in a minute to illustrate my point. And I fully expect that once you see how you will harm your own business future by selling 5lbs of breeders now, you’ll become a worm miser, the stingiest guy on the block. You will be the Ebeneezer Scrooge of worm growers. See More!
I published the Urban Worm Directory a few days ago to help people find out where to buy worms and worm castings and it has already gotten some awesome feedback and was quickly responsible for a sale in Colorado. 🙂 We’re up to over 60 businesses in 26 states, 3 Canadian provinces, and 4 countries. The response has been fantastic but I know there are still plenty of sellers to contact to let them know this tool exists for them! (Maybe you’ll help?)
This is going to be a great resource for both buyers and sellers. While higher-priced sellers may not like seeing lower-priced competitors nearby, everyone benefits.
I’m getting pretty excited for the launch of The Urban Worm Directory!
So you wanna try worm composting eh?
First of all, congratulations! There is simply no other form of recycling that comes close to it. Vermicomposting is efficient on a small, household scale, insanely healthy for the environment and, get this . . . it’s addicting.
It was always a little embarrassing. The baristas at my local Starbucks were always fairly cool and the customers were OK. But there was that lingering fear that hung over me every time I walked to the counter and rather than asking for a pumpkin spiced latte or Chai tea, I would ask for their spent coffee grounds. And as you all know, coffee grounds, when used properly, can be a very popular ingredient in your worms’ diet.
I don’t run in a real “green” crowd. Sure, my friends and family recycle, make sure not to litter, and take reasonable steps not to destroy Earth. But not one of them vermicomposts or, to my knowledge, derives any pleasure out of earthworms beyond what fish they might attract. Nearly all of them would not describe themselves as “crunchy,” granola,” or back-to-the-Earth types.
And I guarantee you none of them would describe me that way. See More!
A beginning vermicomposter with a finished batch of worm compost is like the dog who finally catches up to the car it’s been chasing. They both ask themselves “now what the heck do I do with this?” While producing a lively, microbially active bin chock full of wigglers is a source of pride, this success is met with new challenge: how best to harvest the castings?
I have to admit, when I first heard about the book Vermiculture Technology, I was pretty skeptical of the title. Technology? Really? Growing worms and feeding my food waste simply can’t be lumped in with 3D printing, space travel, or GPS navigation, right? Technology for me was having the ability to use a telephone to take pictures or navigate me to the nearest Starbucks. It was about cruise missiles, CGI special effects, and cloud storage. Deeming the field of vermiculture and vermicomposting (which I will use interchangeably in this article) technological was an overstatement designed to sell books.
Then I stepped back and considered how I would characterize technology and it became clear how incandescently wrong I was.
I got an interesting phone call for some worms last week. A lady we’ll name “Jennifer” said her daughter was assigned vermicomposting as a subject for a science experiment in her 7th grade class in Philadelphia. And she needed worms, pronto and didn’t have time to buy them online.
“Awesome!” was my response.
She didn’t share my enthusiasm. Jennifer was not quite thrilled with the idea of having yucky worms in the house or what to do with them when the experiment was through. When I asked how many worms she needed, she said “About 30?” I thought she meant pounds. Nope.