Redworm One

Redworm One

I recently received an email from our good buddy, Larry “The Garbage Guru” Duke (a veritable vermi-celebrity over on the Vermicomposters forum! haha) telling me about his latest project. I asked if I could share his email with our readers and he happily obliged

Hey Bentley,
Just wanted to post an unusual project that I’m working on. I try to think of unusual ways to reach people, including children in any way I can.
And one unique thing that I am working on, but have a ways to go, is a project called “Redworm One”! This involves a 56 Ford F100 – one of the most sought-after trucks for car collectors. Originally it was being built with a different theme, but when i got into redworms to try and help my wife,s beautiful flowers be even better, I stumbled across this website through a character named “Mark from Kansas”!
I was looking through composting literature and next thing you know, I saw a larger than life worm bin unlike any thing I had ever seen. And next thing you know, I told my wife i was going to build one of those bins! And when I get motivated, it’s game on!

I watched all of Mark’s videos several times and then just went to work. I built it without plans or measurements of any count. And it just happened to go together perfectly. Now I don’t recommend just anyone trying this because it could get expensive messing up. It’s better to have a plan. But these are stories for another day.

Anyway, I’m building this truck to go to car shows and hopefully schools, and other events that might interest people in vermiculture. The way I’m building this truck is with a worm hood ornament that I need to have made out of some kind of junk. Most of the money that I was building it with came from money from discarded waste, like aluminum cans. And also the metal came from junk vans that I cut the metal out of and used.

The hood will tilt forward and you can play composting videos and watch them from the drivers seat – via a flat screen under the hood – at the car show or other event. On the back you can put links to websites and maybe an estimate of how many worms I have at the time – such as “50,000 worm power…ask me how”! I also could give out plans to build bins and such. When the hood is tilted it will read “I got worms” like a billboard.
Anyway, that’s just a general idea and I have plenty of other stories to tell if anybody is interested. I have other things I have plans to build for vermiculture.

I CAN’T WAIT to see Redworm One when it is finished! Larry tells me it is further along than in the picture, but still a long way to go.

Thanks again Larry, for sharing!

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  1. Larry,
    You are one of a kind!

    • LARRY D.
    • June 26, 2010

    See what Mark unleashed! Another “vermiholic”!

    • Nic
    • June 27, 2010

    very cool!!

    • Michael
    • June 27, 2010

    What kind of time frame for it to be ready? Just curious

    • Barb V.
    • June 27, 2010

    As I ‘surf’ for stories about vermicomposting, it is obvious that this is a method whose time has come! There are events galore where a showpiece such as this truck will be, will be welcome and effective. Replace the ‘yuck’ factor with fun. Good luck Larry.

    • LARRY D.
    • June 27, 2010


    Michael-Hopefully almost will be done in about a year!It already drives and the hood is on.I’m starting to build the bed of the truck now.These trucks get redone several times in their life.Later the bed of the truck will raise with the flat screens in the bed of the truck1But not on this particular build.Bentley will make the big screen!

    Barb V.-I also have a project that hopefully Amy Youngs might tackle.My idea is to use the back of a van and stand it on end.Chop it down,and use actuators to open the doors to a huge flow through worm bin.Where the windows used to be would be solar panels to supply the juice!Car collector or Museum piece!

  2. Well Redworm One will definitely start conversations. Converting an sought after antique truck might not be my first choice for this project, I think selling it as using the funds to buy a less expensive vehicle seems to be a better choice. Though I guess using this truck will gather attention by itself, then you can blow people’s minds when they see what you have done with it.

    I do believe that regardless of vehicle choice, this project has merit. This type of grass roots marketing might be instrumental in promoting/communicating the multiple benefits of vermicomposting.

    I look forward to seeing progress on this project.

    • LARRY D.
    • June 27, 2010

    John,being into cars,i know that a regular vehicle would do nothing to further the cause that i am trying to accomplish here.Selling it will never be an option.When it makes it into an auto magazine,it will open doors to people never reached before!Also,when i approach a school to talk about vermiculture,they would kick me off the property if i pulled up in a Pacer.The project is being mostly financed through garbage.And also the paint will be an advertisement for Auto-Air colors.A company that makes water-based paint that doesn’t harm the atmosphere,because it is water based paint.

    • LARRY D.
    • June 27, 2010

    O.K. Mark from Kansas,I didn’t want to go the you tube route.And only you know why,but that being said.I opened an account.And if you want to see the truck breathe its first breath of life,check out:
    I’ll be posting some other videos there soon,of other vermiculture stuff!

  3. Larry,
    After reading your article, thinking about the possibilities of using this truck to main stream vermicomposting, then listening to it run… I am speechless!

    • Nic
    • June 29, 2010

    hey, my parents just bought me an old red truck. do you think i could call it “the worm”?? lol

    hey larry, how about you start a small bin as a demo, something you can put in the back or in the seat??

    • LARRY D.
    • June 29, 2010

    Nic-Congratulations on the “new”old truck. !Call it the “ol can of worms”.

    My idea is to make a worm display with the worms.And maybe have some plans to build it.Just can’t haul the worms around during the hot months,so i have to have several ideas to change up the display.

    Mark-My idea even made my wife speechless!She actually loved it!It’s nice to have the approval of the Boss Lady!

    • LARRY D.
    • July 12, 2010

    i just posted a new video.Check it out at:

    you can look around the engine compartment.As i progress,i will update Bentley.And i will eventually post a video of it at a car show,displayed in all it’s worm glory

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