Vermicompost – Not Just for Hobby Gardeners!

I recently received an email from my good worm-friend, Allison Jack, letting me know about a really interesting article on the topic of vermicompost.

Here is a blurb:

“I’m not a tree hugger,” says Elzinga, who oversees 1.4 million square feet of greenhouses. “I went into organics for the money.”

Elzinga says it was around then that he discovered Worm Power, a vermicompost company based in Upstate New York that recently partnered with Harris Seeds to distribute its products. He ordered a few samples and then more. He’s now a fan, mixing up powerful tea – or vermi-espresso, as he likes to call it – which uses 10 percent vermicompost to water by volume. Elzinga touts the tea as the secret to keeping his organic plants growing strong. The mix is a combination of droppings from red worms mixed with molasses, sea kelp and other organics. Together, those ingredients create a bacteria-rich liquid that, Elzinga says, outperforms commercial fertilizers.

Be sure to check out the full article here: Vermicompost: Breaking Down The Benefits

Reminds me…I definitely need to start brewing up some of my OWN “vermi-espresso” so I can run some experiments!

Thanks again, Allison!

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    • John Duffy
    • July 9, 2011

    remember with the vermi-espresso…2 sugars & no cream;)

    • Anna
    • July 9, 2011

    This is very timely! I’ve just discovered I have pythium (addressed in the full article) in one of my strawberry beds and will now be trying this.

  1. I like that he approaches this from this different viewpoint. He’s not using VC just because the thinks it’s good for the environment, but because it saves him money and is beneficial to his business.

  2. This reminds me a company here in Brazil, they are huge. But I don’t know if it’s all about the money, they seems to like worms. They even keep a “worbrary” (it like a library, but with worms instead of bools :D)

    In portuguese, try to use google translator. They have a lot of good materials.

    • Bentley
    • July 13, 2011

    JOHN – I prefer mine black, with some molasses and two teaspoons of rock dust! lol
    ANNA – Sorry to hear about the Pythium. Please keep us posted on your rehabilitation efforts!
    PATRICK – I totally agree! Always great to find serious business people utilizing vermicomposting (and its bi-products) as a means of saving money and/or making more money. Certainly helps to validate all our (us worm-heads, that is) hooting and hollering about this stuff! lol
    GUSTAVO – That’s wild! lol
    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Thank’s for the positive comments i love sharing the benefits of VC. most of my associates think i’m off my rocker
    your new worm head
    Mark R Elzinga

    • Bentley
    • July 15, 2011

    Wow, Mark – thanks for popping by and honoring us by joining the “Worm-Head” clan! Great to have you.

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