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C'est La Vie Worm Farm

C'est La Vie Worm Farm is a small farm between George and Groot Brak on the Garden Route, who has taken the more environmental approach to Vermiculture.

At C’est La Vie Worm Farm we concentrate on reducing the amount of waste going to the landfills. Thus we only use organic material that would normally be thrown away, i.e. fruit and vegetable waste from households, restaurants and supermarkets etc. Most worm farmers in South Africa use animal manures as their staple diet. There are many other ways of converting horse and cattle manure to a good quality compost but there are only a few ways to convert our organic waste to something better than carbon dioxide and methane, and this the earthworm can do well.

I thought a quick background on vermiculture and worm castings would be in order to peak your interest in this subject.

What is Vermiculture?

Vermiculture is basically farming with earthworms. This is simple, effective, convenient and noiseless. It saves water, energy, landfills, and helps to rebuild the soil. Earthworms have the ability to convert organic waste into nutrient-rich material, worm castings, which reduces the need for synthetic fertilizers. This is taking recycling just one step further. Worm farming can be done on a large scale and also very effectively on a small scale. The home owner can quite easily keep a small worm farm at home; thereby also been able to recycle all the organic waste on site and in return will receive a good quality compost. A home worm farm can be a simple bin, made from recycled tyres for example, to a quite elaborate store bought bin. All the bins sold at C’est La Vie Worm Farm are outside bins that are made from recycled products.

 

What are Worm Castings?

Worm Castings are Mother Nature’s soil enrichment of choice.

This rich humus-like digested output of the worm includes a wide range of nutrients and microbial life that all types of vegetation require to grow. Worm Castings are one of the most natural soil enrichments available and more importantly are environmentally friendly, all natural, easy to use, and safe to handle, with a pleasant earthy aroma.

 

What do Worm Castings do?

Worm Castings restore soil health in many ways.

  • A source of organic matter with lots of nutrients and moisture-holding capacity. Worm Castings hold 9 times their weight in moisture, which is beneficial in drought conditions.
  • Adds active microbial life to the soil, allowing it to slowly release and make the valuable nutrient and trace minerals more available to tender plant roots.
  • Rich in growth hormones and vitamins, and acts as a powerful biocide against diseases and nematodes.
  • A natural aerator, allowing oxygen to permeate the root zone to improve drainage and encourage root growth.
  • Restores soil without fear of burning or harming tender plant life. Restoring the soil makes nutrients more available to crops, turf applications and desired vegetation. This means there is less need for synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Best of all, Worm Castings contain no toxins and are therefore safe to use without fear of ground water contamination.

 

How are Worm Castings different from Compost?

Worm Castings are significantly better than compost. They are the result of carefully selected compost that is fully digested by worm. This makes Worm Castings an entirely mature product. It contains no pathogenic agents, and is considered a biological product which is convenient to handle.

Worm Castings contain a far more diverse microbial population than other composts. These micro-organisms play an important part in soil fertility.

Please feel free to visit our website www.cestlavie.yolasite.com or contact me on earthworms@vodamail.co.za for any further information on Vermiculture.

Barry Aver

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