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Did You Know?...
The burrows of worms can provide 5-11 times more nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium than surrounding soils.
Worm compost increases the benficial micro-organisms and plant growth horomones compared to regular compost!
There are over 4400 known terrestrial worm species in the world
The common name for a composting worm in North America is Red Wiggler
Worms are not indigenous in Colorado
Humans have been using worms for at least 2000 years in China for pharmaceutical preparations
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Colorado Worm Man
Colorado Worm Man
John thinks different than most, as he chooses not to use the term "food chain”. “A web refers to things dependent on each other, which is really what we are a part of," he says.
John Anderson, known as the "Worm Man", is skilled in the art of vermicomposting, which creates compost with worms. Vermicompost is a rich soil amendment for area gardens. As a child growing up in Minnesota, Anderson's interest in gardening was evident, "I was always digging in the dirt," he says.
After immigrating to Colorado John completed CSUs’ Larimer County Training Programs and then became a Master Gardener and Composter Volunteer in 1996. Since then, John has given and attended various local, national and international training courses and events, and has been a primary consultant for business, schools and individuals interested in using worms to compost with.
John’s Wormbulance has been featured in various local TV stations and Newspapers in the late 90’s but is now most infamous for his appearance in New Belguim Brewery’s “Follow Your Folly” and “Mothership Wit” beer ad campaigns. Aside from being a fixture at local water festivals, farmers’ markets, and Earth Day events, John has been a steering committee member, vendor, and presenter for the Rocky Mountain Sustainable Living Fair and a workshop presenter for EarthWorks Expo and Boulder’ Renaissance of Local.
I do this is to keep material out of the landfill. Waste is not a waste, until you take the action of wasting it,"
Local Worm Wrangling
1. First try the Worm Exchange to get some worms
2. Contact me
3. Get them from Green Logic
4. When all else fails try my trusted and knowledgeable friend, Paul, at Vermiculture Canada who can help you with any long distance worm travel.
Do's and Do Not's
Do Not feed your worms these items:
- Dog or cat waste
- Green grass clippings (leave these on your lawn)
Long Distance Wrangling
I don't ship worms. However local Northern Colorado Front Range Arrangements can be made. Ask for Eisenia Fetida as they seem to tolerate the wide range of conditions. For less stress to the worms and more confident start-ups, request bed run worms (meaning all worm ages in some of their own bedding).