The Worm Farmer’s Handbook
Techniques and systems for processing food scraps, manure, yard debris, paper, and more
Rhonda Sherman of NC State provides the framework for aspiring commercial-scale vermicomposters and worm farmers in this wonderful book aimed at mid-to-large scale vermiculture operations.
The Worm Farmer’s Handbook details how to recycle various forms of organic material into worm castings or “vermicast,” a much more valuable and biologically-active soil amendment than conventional compost
This very readable book gets into all the details of a commercial operation to include
- Choosing the right method of vermicomposting
- Regulatory issues, compliance, and how to build a realistic business plan
- How to find and manage feedstocks
- Why pre-composting is important and how to do it
- The various methods of harvesting, screening, testing, packaging, and storing vermicast
- Marketing for earthworms and vermicast
- How to avoid common pitfalls
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