Hilarious BSFL Article

I was really hoping to make more progress with our new “BSFL” (Black Soldier Fly Larvae) section, since adding it to the blog this past spring, but seem to have run into a few difficulties there. While this post doesn’t really “count” in terms of making progress in this department, it feels good to share this with you anyway.

A little while ago, my good vermi-friend, Heather – who is tearing it up on the Dallas worm composting scene, I might add – shared this VERY funny article that appeared in the Dallas Observer (online). If you appreciate sarcastic humor, and don’t mind a few cuss words here and there, I highly recommend you check it out.

It’s called “So, You Want to Be an Urban Chicken Farmer? Read This First“, and here is a blurb from the beginning (link to follow):

It’s weird. Today I have no appetite at all, and I am seriously considering never eating again, but I have been thinking about nothing but food all day and how we don’t think enough about where our food comes from. I mean really comes from. Yesterday when I went home I had a big problem with my wife’s maggotometer.

It’s not really called a maggotometer. I think it’s a Biopod or something. She paid several hundred bucks for it. It’s for her backyard chickens. You put garbage in it, and, lo’ and behold, it grows maggots. Some French genius invented it. I guess I should call it a maggoteur.

Chickens love maggots. The maggots are supposed to deposit themselves into this little bucket. You pull the bucket out, dump out the maggots for the chickens, and the chickens think it’s Christmas dinner. Every morning.

Be sure to check out the full article here: “So, You Want to Be an Urban Chicken Farmer? Read This First

Thanks again, Heather, for sharing this!

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    • Anna
    • August 19, 2010

    HAHAHAHA! ROFLMAO! Thanks for sharing.

    • Anna
    • August 19, 2010

    Ok, one comment simply wasn’t enough to express everything I have to say about this article…

    I think that this guy’s wife really needs to “man up.” I can’t believe he was willing to do this for her hobby. Of course, it does make me wonder what my husband would be willing to do for me. Perhaps I should further ponder “what are husbands for?”

    • Bob Packard
    • August 19, 2010

    Hi Bentley, I’m still hanging around. This post reminded me to tell you about what I thought was a rather informative BSF site. I thought the DIY instructions for the composter was well done. If you haven’t already done so. The link is blacksoldierflyblog.com.

    Some of your followers may like it as well.

    Thanks, Bob

    • Bentley
    • August 19, 2010

    ANNA – Perspective is funny thing, I tell ya. I can’t help but wonder why MY wife can’t have cool hobbies like this that she needs help with! haha
    It IS pretty amusing that his wife – while keen to do the BSFL thing – doesn’t want to actually do the dirty work. An “armchair hobbyist” I guess you could say.
    BOB – Thanks for the mention. I’ve actually linked over that site previously (recommending people check it out), and have been in contact with Jerry (the owner) about some potential collaboration. The good news is that he seems keen to do so – the bad news is that he is super busy.
    We shall see how things pan out!

    • Jillian
    • August 19, 2010

    Feed them redworms. Problem solved. 🙂

  1. Thanks, Bentley–after about the 100th time of reading this, I had tears (of laughter) running down my face again.

    I think Jim’s wife might have had a bad episode of heat stroke within the last year, and being a good husband, he has stepped up and helped out. It is Hotter than “The End Times” here in Dallas this summer. Still, I can’t see my hubby doing this. At our house, all that gourmet prepared, homegrown organic food magically appears on the table…and after dinner the scraps magically disappear to the garage worm bins. Now that I ponder this, I think I need to treat myself to a new worm harvester or something. The Worm Rancher needs a little respect, lol.

    • Paul from Winnipeg
    • August 20, 2010

    I laughed, I cried, I tried to be quiet, and all while I was still laughing! My wife’s having a nap in the other room as I ‘quietly’ read. That was awesome!

    I think I’ll check what all the fuss is about with these BSFL.

    P.S. She’s still asleep, though I can’t understand how… must be really tired!

    • Paul from Winnipeg
    • August 20, 2010

    Wow, I learned alot over there! Very interesting stuff, I think I should not read any more or I’ll end up making my own composter this weekend…

    • John Duffy
    • August 20, 2010

    I think that husband should get a prize or something…Those weren’t cuss words. They were technical terms referring to a biological, recyclable, nutrient-rich worm food.

    • LARRY D.
    • August 20, 2010

    Hey Bentley. In my quest to own all the types of composting worms,i realized i had to do the bsfl thing as well.And to be different,i’m dedicating a bsfl only flow thru.Should be a real challenge.But i’ll post some bsfl stuff for you as soon as i get a handle on these creatures.I received some by mail,but they live here naturally.I saw a couple of adults in my big flowthru.So my composting should go into overdrive.Just hope my wife doesn’t peek into my blue tub,to see why it sounds like it’s raining in there.
    I have an experiment with African nightcrawler cocoons being shipped in an envelope from S.Africa.Then i’ll have all but Alabama jumpers that are supposed to adapt to composting of sorts.We’ll see!

    • Bentley
    • August 20, 2010

    Jillian – True enough! I bet chickens love them too.
    Paul – Unfortunately, I think you and I are somewhat limited up here in the “great white north” as far as BSFL composting goes! Still fun to learn about though.
    Heather – Thanks for popping by and sharing a few more tidbits! The heat stroke certainly puts everything in a different light. Glad Jim stepped up to help out (and who could deny the hilarious benefits of him doing so!)
    John – true enough (on the cuss word front)! LoL
    But ya never know who might be offended by these sorts of things
    Larry – keep us posted!

    • Paul from Winnipeg
    • August 20, 2010

    Oh well, my worms are taking off now anyway. I started off with so little that it took a while for them to reach a decent population.

    • Jon B
    • August 23, 2010


  2. I know Kim’s wife personally and went over there to take a peak at their unit. Turns out it was being overfed a common mistake with most people starting any type of composting. We added some coffee grinds and he had already gotten rid of the anaerobic stuff. Both Jim and Marianna are doing much better know. I’ll let you know when they get the grub.

    Robert Olivier

    • Tracy
    • August 27, 2010

    That was hysterical. I still have tears running down my face. My husband would do that stuff for me too, if I asked him to … “In a minute”. Too many great lines I’m still laughing. Thanks.

    • LARRY D.
    • August 31, 2010

    I seem to be one of the few people who actually want them in my worm bin.One thing i want to film one day,and someone said they were going to try and make a funny photo from,is this.
    If i throw in a corn cob,and slightly bury it,i can hurry up and pull it out of the bin.And bsfl look just like moving,white corn nuggets on the cob.And someone said they were going to take a picture like they were taking a bite! Could you imagine if one of the larvae dropped on your tongue?Now that would be FUNNY!!

  3. Ok, I’m hooked! I’ve done my research, is there anyone around that can point me in the right direction to get some of these?

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