Thursday, October 27, 2011

Making Money Raising Earthworms

How To Make Money Raising Earthworms

Let's explore the various markets available for the earthworms you are raising, plan to raise, or hope and pray to raise.
  1. Raise earthworms for sport fishing bait.
  2. Raise earthworms for organic gardening (home vermicomposting).
  3. Raise earthworms for organic waste conversion (municipal and large scale vermicomposting).
  4. Raise earthworms for worm castings and potting soil/garden soil amendment.
  5. Raise earthworms for farm soil improvement.
  6. Raise earthworms for reforestation.
  7. Raise earthworms for breeding stock.
  8. Raise earthworms for feed.

Raise Earthworms For Fish Bait

With all the fancy-smancy lures and artificial baits available to the fisherman, the earthworm is still his bait of choice.  And once he gets a taste (or, rather his targeted fish gets a taste) of the European nightcrawler, he may never go back.  Since this fantastic worm is relatively new to the U.S., you may well be the only source in your area.  Supply bait shops and get the word out to your local fishing community -  you can sell all the European nightcrawlers you can raise.

And, don't forget the red worms.  Many fishermen are familiar with the red worm and may want to continue using it.  With some of my tips for growing bigger worms, you can easily get this worm up to bait size to supply your die-hard red worm fans.

Raise Earthworms For Home Vermicomposting Bins

Organic gardening has never been more popular. Well, actually organic gardening used to be the only way to garden, but fell out of favor once chemical fertilizers became widely available.  But, lately, with the rising cost of these petroleum based chemical fertilizers and the rising popularity of "going green", folks are returning to the organic gardening methods of our ancestors.  And one of the best, fastest and cheapest ways to acquire organic fertilizers and soil amendments for organic gardens is via vermicomposting.

Vermicomposting means composting with worms.  Organic materials in traditional compost piles, when vermicomposted instead, breaks down fastest, is richer (because of the worm castings or poop) , and is alive with microbes.  The calcium in vermicompost is also higher, which is hard to supply organically. You may not be able to raise enough red worms and keep them long enough for fattening to bait size because of the vermicomposting demand. 

You can sell both red worms and European nightcrawlers for vermicomposting, although the red worm is generally considered the premier composting earthworm.

Raising Earthworms For Organic Waste Conversion

For the same reasons as stated above, municipalities and large (and not so large) corporations are setting up large vermicomposting operations for the purpose of converting enormous quantities of organic waste into compost.  It makes sense because it saves money, protects the environment, and can be used as a public relations tool. 

Businesses are well aware of the "green movement" and are using green methods where ever they can and are talking about it.  The cost for setting up large scale vermicomposting operations - quite high. The cost for stocking it with YOUR worms - substantial. The positive PR  - priceless.

Raising Earthworms For Worm Castings and Soil Amendments

Even though home vermicomposting is very popular now as a way to replace expensive chemical fertilizers , there is still a huge market for supplying worm castings fertilizer and vermicompost to organic gardeners. There will always be folks out there who either don't have the time or don't want to bother making it themselves. 

Not to worry, that's where you come in.  Even if you don't have the intention of raising worms for the vermicompost, you are going to have tons of it as a "by-product" of you worm production. Look on it as "free money".  After you've loaded your own property, taken care of your neighbors', friend's and family's lawns and gardens, there's still plenty of this good stuff to bag up and sale.  Don't over look this lucrative market.

Next: Raising Earthworms For Farm Soil Improvement

Worm Farming Resources:

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Other Worm Resources:

European Nightcrawlers:  One tough fishing worm. You could be the exclusive source in your area.  Great composting worm, too.

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  1. In fact I never knew One can rearing worms is a business opportunity to make money. We have lots of where I live Nigeria. I think this information is something I must study deeply to see how I can benefit from it. keep it up I'm Ojo@

    1. Thanks for your comment. Yes, worms are beneficial to the whole planet, and can be grown anywhere.