Ironically, I decided to blog about my latest project, a worm-farm because I thought it would be a short concise little piece I could grind out relatively quickly.
Then I started going through my various worm bookmarks which lead to me going through old pictures and blog posts.
You see, worm-composting is nothing new to me. In fact, I had considered selling "worm-farms", worm-castings and worms at one point.
Initially my interest in worms was for the worm-castings to use in my garden.
It grew and evolved because of an ecology class I started for Skye and a handful of home-school kids. Our back-yard and garage became a classroom and experiment.
We ended up with all sorts of "live-stock", ranging from rabbits and chickens to beetles, crayfish, tilapia and of course earthworms.
I learned more than the kids did in the process and it really got me thinking a lot about a lot of different things, including how much food we waste. A very eye-opening book on the topic is American Wasteland.
We had gotten pretty efficient when it came to diverting trash from landfills. Junk mail ended up going into the compost bins or the worm farms. Table scraps went to the chickens or the worms or the crayfish. Stale bread fed beetles and their larvae which got feed to the chickens and tilapia.
When we decided to go nomadic, it became harder and harder to have much control over where our waste would end up.
As soon as we had found a place to stay in Atlanta, I decided to purchase myself a house-warming gift.
It wasn't all that long ago that I purchased my first worm farms. At the time there were only two models to choose from and not that places to get them from.
There was the "Worm Factory" and "Can-O-Worms". I bought both and ended up preferring the "Worm Factory" for a variety of reasons.
I thought I would be loyal and buy from The Worm Dude, where I originally got my "Worm Factory" plus a lot of my supplies and information.
The Worm Dude doesn't sell, the Worm Factory anymore. Now its the Worm Inn. It looks very cool and interesting and I was really tempted to give it a try.
However since I was already familiar with the ins and outs of the Factory, I decided to go with it.
But now there is the Worm Factory and the Worm Factory 360.
I decided to upgrade to the 360, from Wormfactory.us
Along with an upgraded Worm Factory, I received some supplements for the worms' ecosystem which included, coir(ground coconut fiber), pumice, and "minerals", along with a DVD, and a booklet, The Complete Guide to Composting with the Worm Factory 360.
It was a bit intimidating even though I had already owned several worm bins, made my own, owned a couple of books on vermiculture and conducted several class sessions on the subject. But after, flipping through the pages a bit, I got into the swing of things and was back to playing with dirt, garbage and of course my favorite, Annelida, the red wigglers and their pals, the European nightcrawler.
I did end up buying my worms from the Worm Dude, for old-times sake.