Worm Composting

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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. Your local county Extension office should know who and where locally.
  4. Vermiculture Canada can help you with any long distance worm travel.

Do’s and Do Not’s

Do Not feed your worms these items:

  • Meats
  • Bones
  • Oils
  • Fats
  • Vinegar
  • 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). 


Seven Stage Process

Choosing a bin/bed
Placing the bin/bed
Filling the bin/bed
Seeding the worms
Feeding and Maintenance
Using your vermicompost


Time To Act


Glad you have interest in promoting and advancing composting in Colorado.  To order the Compost Organics’ educational and promotional kit:  Contact me through this website for individual and bulk pricing.

This kit currently consists of a  “Colorado Composts “ quality bumper sticker, post card sized info sheet with a No organics in the landfill logo/badge on the reverse side.  

Your purchase will go towards the furtherance of regenerative practices in composting and rejecting the wasteful practices of dumping organic resources into landfill wherever they may be. Thank you for your visit and consideration.

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