I am very pleased to announce that my friend Liz, from “Big Tex Worms” has offered to write some guest posts here on the blog. This combined with some upcoming posts of my own should help to “break the silence” a bit around here in coming weeks and months.
Don’t want to steal Liz’s thunder, though, so without further blathering (lol) – here is her introduction!
My name is Liz and I am the worm farmer behind BigTex Worms in Fort Worth, Texas. I’m so happy Bentley has given me the opportunity to write a few blog posts.
First, a little about me personally. I am a RN, lactation consultant by day and worm farmer by night. Just kidding. I do both everyday. I joke that worm composting and lactation are similar in that they are both about utilizing natural resources.
I’ve been married to my firefighter paramedic husband for 18 years and he wants absolutely NOTHING to do with the worms. I homeschool my two awesome kids. We have 2 goats, a chicken (long story used to have more) and 2 ducks. We live (and I operate BigTex Worms) on a ½ acre homestead in a suburb of Fort Worth.
I started worm composting some 10 years ago. Why? For my child and for fun.
My daughter Emma was diagnosed with asthma in late 2002. After hours and hours of research online and at the library, I discovered that an organic diet would help lessen her symptoms. But organic food is very expensive, so given my frugal nature I began again researching to find ways to grow my own organic veggies.
How could I make gardening work in the city? The two solutions I found were: Worms and container gardening. I discovered I could have a small bin of worms, which would in turn give me organic fertilizer for my garden. Some years later, I have over 100 pounds of worms (not on my 0 lotline* where I started but a 1/2 acre homestead) . My motivation was for my family but it now has evolved into helping other families reach similar goals.
As to exactly where I got the name BigTex Worms? BigTex is the Texas state fair mascot. So why not name my business after BigTex. I attached a photo of me and one of my daughters with BigTex from the 2013 state fair.
I operate my worm farm out of horse trough worm bins. Why? My husband will not assist me in building bins (yes, I am a little bitter) and I have zero carpentry skills. The galvanized troughs are easy for me to manage and obtain. If anyone has interest in the specifics of this set up, I’d be glad to share in another post.
Thanks for letting me share about how I got started in this worm composting adventure.
*EDITOR’S NOTE – Here is how Liz explained the term: “zero lotline is a common term here in Texas, it refers to back to back houses with 0 land between houses. The houses are literally built 4 feet from each other only to allow for roof clearance in between.”
Thanks again, Liz! I know I will be speaking for many others when I say that I’m looking forward to having you as a contributor here at RWC. Can’t wait to learn more about the horse trough worm bins!