Saturday, February 3, 2007

Worm Farm

More mouths to feed around here. One pound of Einsenia fetida – red wiggler earthworms munching on kitchen scraps.

David Suzuki said, "What permaculturists are doing is the most important activity that any group is doing on the planet." Their impact might be hard to recognize right now, but when the petroleum runs out, some folks will be glad the permaculturalists explored a realm of useful knowledge.

I figured one small permacultural step would be to let the worms turn coffee grounds into premium fertilizer. And, it’s low maintenance.

A day or so after the worms crawled in from New Jersey, appeared an earthworm posting from Scott Meister and Permaculture Relections: "We can make our waste work for us instead of against us. We can profit from it, instead of paying to have it hurt us." The site has plenty of detailed information on raising red wigglers. For mine, I found an old freestanding laundry sink.

Eddie the Earthworm tells us:

Cleopatra declared that earthworms were sacred.

Charles Darwin spent 39 years studying earthworms because, he said, "It may be doubted whether there are many other animals in the world which have played so important a part in the history of the world."

In just one acre there can be a million or more earthworms, eating 10 tons of leaves, stems, and dead roots a year and turning over 40 tons of soil.

Healthy soil = healthy crops = healthy people. Good equation to remember. And the Jersey red wigglers are doing their part make the equation work.

1 comment:

Scott A. Meister said...

Hey, thanks for dropping by and reading the piece on our friends the worms!

I've enjoyed your blog as well!

Have fun with your wigglers, and feel free to stop by anytime for a read!