The rural California worm business is one of the most profitable areas, which quickly begins to generate income in the first season. With the right business setup, this seasonal type of business can turn into a year-round, fast-growing and diverse business.
California worms are producers of natural fertilizer from organic residues.
California worms reproduce quickly, making it possible to expand your business just as quickly.
California worms are unpretentious, they feed on almost any organic matter, including plant debris, kitchen waste, paper, manure, and so on. In a day, one worm processes organic matter as much as it weighs itself. One and a half thousand offspring worms can be obtained from one pair of worms per year.
Business products: California worms
The main value of Californian worms is a natural organic fertilizer, biohumus, which they produce during the processing of organic matter. The demand for this fertilizer is high, as its productivity is higher than that of manure. In addition, vermicompost belongs to environmentally friendly fertilizers, the use of vermicompost when growing plants increases their value.
The use of California worms allows you to process a huge amount of organic waste into valuable fertilizer.
From one ton of waste, you can get from 400 to 600 kg of biohumus.
By the way, a ten-liter package of biohumus costs about a hundred dollars. It is easy to calculate what income can be received only from the sale of fertilizers.
However, the California worm itself is a valuable commodity.
First, it is an excellent feed for poultry.
Secondly, it is a valuable bait for anglers.
Thirdly, gardeners willingly buy livestock of Californian worms to obtain fertilizers on their plots.
It turns out that California worms allow you to organize several separate industries based on one product.
The production of fertilizers with the help of worms has received its own name — vermicomposting, and the breeding of worms is called vermicultivation (from the word worm — a worm).
What do you need to breed California worms?
As a matter of fact, not so much.
1) You need to have a heated room (since the worms can die at sub-zero temperatures). The optimum temperature for breeding worms is from 15 to 20 degrees.
2) We need wooden boxes in which organic matter is added to feed the worms. From below it is necessary to provide drainage to create the necessary humidity. For mass breeding of worms, special boxes with a slatted bottom are used. This makes it possible to collect the liquid organic product flowing down, the so-called vermicay, which is a particularly valuable fertilizer and can be sold as a separate product. The boxes should allow you to periodically stir up the soil in which the worms are located for a better supply of oxygen.
3) It is not difficult to organize constant feeding of worms with organic remains in the village — you can mow the grass in advance as much as you like. Yes, and potato peelings, any plant waste (without mold) will go to feed the worms.
From 1 square meter per month you can get up to 200 kg of biohumus, that is, 2000 dollars of income. And this is only for fertilizers, not counting the sale of the worms themselves.
What does it take to start a California worm business?
To start your business in the village on Californian worms, it is enough to buy one package of breeding stock, which will grow rapidly.
By the way, only 4,000 worms are required per 1 square meter of soil to obtain biohumus, and the number of worms increases about ten times per quarter.
You can even buy a breeding stock of worms to start a business in the village through an online store. Its cost is from 2500 to 4500 dollars.
For information on how to find buyers for vermicultivation products, read the article Market research: California worms.