Want to be a worm farmer?

Getting worms delivered to your house is the new way to deal with food waste sustainably.

You've heard of home deliveries, clothing drop offs and food delivered straight to your door – but now the people over at The Urban Worm are planning to deliver live worms through people's letterboxes. It's part of their plan to #wormup Britain and improve organic waste and at-home composting in the UK, by turning people into worm farmers.

Funded by The National Lottery, the UWC (Urban Worm Community Interest Company) have 1,000 packs of tiger worms ready to be delivered to schools, community groups and households who want to take part.

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To receive worms, simply apply on the website, then create your own worm farm using the video tutorials. After you've sent a picture of your DIY farm to the team, they will ship your wriggly friends.

You can create your own worm farm using a maze worm farm from Green Living Supply.

Designed and produced in Australia from mostly recycled materials, this stylish yet customizable worm farm fits seamlessly into any area around your home.  Unlike other bulky worm farms the Maze Farm will not only take up a small space even if using multiples (vertical shelving available) but will look good on your balcony, deck or garden. Featuring 2 working trays which can be rotated avoiding the need for more trays. The stacking trays and the base utilize optimal aeration. The open drain in the base ensures worm tea is not building up and lets air flow from the bottom of the farm. The worm saver tray stops the worms falling through to the bottom and is easily pulled out to scrape the worm castings and make sure it stays clean to ensure good liquid and air flow.  A 2L flat collection tray sits under the worm farm to ensure the rich worm tea is collected as it drains.


Why Do I Need a Worm Farm

By feeding food waste to worms, it can be broken down naturally before it starts to emit harmful gases. In addition, the worms get lots of nutrients and their facieses can then be used as a chemical-free fertilizer in the garden.

The worm farm approach to household food waste and composting is easy, educational and well-suited to all households, including small space living, as the system is compact, indoor, low tech and low cost.

Anna De la Vega, UWC's managing director, says worms "just want to eat and mate," and that if you "give them enough food and space, they won’t try to escape."

According to Anna, worm farming could be the "ecological and economical solution for organic waste management and organic agriculture." She claims it is possible to "reverse global climate change within 10-15 years" by using the worm farming technique, and ditching manmade, synthetic pesticides.

According to her research, conventional, widely-used modern farming methods destroy the soil's microbiology. Employing worms as natural fertilizers on a large scale could replenish the "plant soluble nutrients" that have been removed.

The worm farmer scheme is off to a great start the National Lottery has promised to provide UWC with more funding if success continues after two years. So, could you be an at-home worm finder?



Article courtesy of Country Living by Mohammed El Ashkar

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