Friendly Worm Guy – Jeff Sonnenburg

Jeff Sonnenburg | The Friendly Worm Guy

A little while back I mentioned that I had been helping a worm farming friend put together a website for his worm biz. As a show of his gratitude he sent me the batch of European Nightcrawlers I have been writing about.

Well, I was finally able to free up some time to work on the site today and it is looking a little more presentable. I figured now was as good a time as any to ‘let the cat out of the bag’. It is still a work in progress, but I definitely want Jeff to be able to get the ball rolling with his online venture. Letting my loyal RWC readers know about it is probably a good place to start.

[UPDATE 2018 – Jeff’s website is no longer online]

Jeff ‘The Friendly Worm Guy’ Sonnenburg is a worm farmer located up in Massey, northern Ontario (Canada), who specializes in raising European Nightcrawlers (Eisenia hortensis). For anyone familiar with the province, Massey is located between Sudbury and Sault Ste Marie. It can be a wee bit chilly up in those parts during the winter, but it is one of my favorite areas of Ontario (absolutely gorgeous).

Eisenia hortensis

Jeff has been worm farming for a few years now, and (based on my interactions with him) really seems to have a passion for it! He also works as a cleaner at one of the local schools and raises Gelbvieh cattle (which undoubtedly provide him with some of his ‘worm food’).

Thus far, Jeff’s main market has been the local fishing community (where he got his ‘Friendly Worm Guy’ nickname), but he has been expanding into the home/school vermicomposting market (has made some presentations at local schools) and aside from worms, also sells high quality castings.

If you are in the market for European Nightcrawlers or castings, and are looking for a helpful, honest supplier, I highly recommend you get in touch with Jeff. I’ve really enjoyed getting to know him and learning more about his business.

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  1. Hi Bently,
    1. I am looking for a Canadian compost worms seller. Are you planning to help Jeff to sell online?
    2. After “4 Worm Update – First Cocoon!” I don’t see any RSS feeds from your site.

    • Bentley
    • January 9, 2008

    Hi Edward,
    I’m sure Jeff will be happy to discuss that further with you. I’m not in any sort of business partnership with Jeff, if that’s what you are asking. Just helping him get started online (as part of the small beta test mentioned above).

    As for the RSS feed, that is very odd. I have the feed in Google Reader, and it shows the most recent post for me.
    Hopefully tht’s not a widespread anomaly!


    • bob mattice
    • January 4, 2009

    looking for five ton of castings to buy in bulk. If you have that much what is your price per ton. has too be pure castings,not compost.thanks bob.

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