The Worm Farmer s Handbook

The Worm Farmer   s Handbook
Author: Rhonda Sherman
Publsiher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2018-11-08
Genre: Technology & Engineering
ISBN: 9781603587808

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Choice Reviews, Outstanding Academic Title Techniques and systems for processing food scraps, manure, yard debris, paper, and more Turning waste into wealth sounds too good to be true, but many worm farmers are finding that vermicomposting is a reliable way to do just that. Vermicast—a biologically active, nutrient-rich mix of earthworm castings and decomposed organic matter—sells for $400 or more per cubic yard. Compare that to regular compost, sold at about $30 a cubic yard, and you’ll see why vermicomposting has taken root in most countries and on every continent but Antarctica. Vermicomposting is also one of the best sustainable solutions for organic waste management. Vermicomposting manure and crop wastes on farms improves crop yields while reducing demand for off-farm inputs. Vermicast has higher nutrient levels and lower soluble salt content than regular compost, and it improves soil aeration, porosity, and water retention. Plus, vermicast suppresses plant diseases and insect attacks. Municipalities, businesses, community gardens, schools, and universities can set up vermicomposting operations to process food residuals and other waste materials. The Worm Farmer’s Handbook details the ins and outs of vermicomposting for mid- to large-scale operations, including how to recycle organic materials ranging from food wastes and yard trimmings to manure and shredded office paper. Vermicomposting expert Rhonda Sherman shares what she has learned over twenty-five years working with commercial worm growers and researchers around the world. Her profiles of successful worm growers across the United States and from New Zealand to the Middle East and Europe describe their proven methods and systems. This book digs into all the details, including: Choosing the right production system Regulatory issues and developing a business and marketing plan Finding and managing feedstocks Pre-composting: why and how to do it Monitoring an active worm bed Harvesting, screening, testing, packaging, and storing vermicast Markets for earthworms and vermicast Food security: how vermicast benefits soils and plants Keys to success: avoiding common pitfalls From livestock farms and restaurants to colleges, military bases, and prisons, Sherman details why and how commercial-scale vermicomposting is a fast-growing, sustainable solution for organic waste management. The Worm Farmer’s Handbook is the first and only authoritative how-to guide that goes beyond small-scale operations and demystifies the science and logistics of the fascinating process that is vermicomposting.

The Worm Farmer s Handbook

The Worm Farmer   s Handbook
Author: Rhonda Sherman
Publsiher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Total Pages: 258
Release: 2018
Genre: NATURE
ISBN: 9781603587792

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"Techniques and systems for processing food scraps, manure, yard debris, paper, and more"--Cover.

The Living Soil Handbook

The Living Soil Handbook
Author: Jesse Frost
Publsiher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Total Pages: 305
Release: 2021-07-20
Genre: Technology & Engineering
ISBN: 9781645020271

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Principles and farm-tested practices for no-till market gardening--for healthier, more productive soil! From the host of the popular The No-Till Market Garden Podcast—heard around the world with nearly one million downloads! Discovering how to meet the soil’s needs is the key task for every market gardener. In this comprehensive guide, Farmer Jesse Frost shares all he has learned through experience and experimentation with no-till practices on his home farm in Kentucky and from interviews and visits with highly successful market gardeners in his role as host of The No-Till Market Garden Podcast. The Living Soil Handbook is centered around the three basic principles of no-till market gardening: Disturb the soil as little as possible Keep it covered as much as possible Keep it planted as much as possible. Farmer Jesse then guides readers in applying those principles to their own garden environment, with their own materials, to meet their own goals. Beginning with an exploration of the importance of photosynthesis to living soil, Jesse provides in-depth information on: Turning over beds Using compost and mulch Path management Incorporating biology, maintaining fertility Cover cropping Diversifying plantings through intercropping Production methods for seven major crops Throughout, the book emphasizes practical information on all the best tools and practices for growers who want to build their livelihood around maximizing the health of their soil. Farmer Jesse reminds growers that “as possible” is the mantra for protecting the living soil: disturb the soil as little as you possibly can in your context. He does not believe that growers should anguish over what does and does not qualify as “no-till.” If you are using a tool to promote soil life and biology, that’s the goal. Jesse’s goal with The Living Soil Handbook is to provide a comprehensive set of options, materials, and field-tested practices to inspire growers to design a soil-nurturing no-till system in their unique garden or farm ecosystem. "[A] practical, informative debut. . . .Gardeners interested in sustainable agriculture will find this a great place to start."—Publishers Weekly "Frost offers a comprehensive, science-based, sympathetic, wholly practical guide to soil building, that most critical factor in vegetable gardening for market growers and home gardeners alike. A gift to any vegetable plot that will keep on giving."—Booklist (starred review)

Vermiculture Technology

Vermiculture Technology
Author: Clive A. Edwards,Norman Q. Arancon,Rhonda L. Sherman
Publsiher: CRC Press
Total Pages: 623
Release: 2010-12-20
Genre: Nature
ISBN: 9781439809884

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Co-edited by international earthworm expert Clive A. Edwards, Vermiculture Technology: Earthworms, Organic Wastes, and Environmental Management is the first international, comprehensive, and definitive work on how earthworms and microorganisms interact to break down organic wastes on a commercial basis. Many books cover the importance of composting

Farmers Handbook for Worm Farming

Farmers Handbook for Worm Farming
Author: Kelly Hayden
Publsiher: Independently Published
Total Pages: 138
Release: 2022-02-27
Genre: Electronic Book
ISBN: 9798424105937

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What if you've been thinking about getting started in the world of farming but haven't been able to find the correct resources for both beginners and expert farmers? This is a crash course just for you. Having a worm farm on your farm can provide numerous benefits. Organic fertilizer is not the only benefit of composting your food scraps, but they also help to reduce food waste. In the garden or on your farm, it is a highly effective technique to treat organic matter. If you're interested in making money from the worms you raise and sell, consider starting a worm farm. With the advice in this book, you'll be well on your way to launching a thriving worm farm business. Get started right away with our detailed introduction to worm farming. Go to the top of the page and purchase the book.

Community Scale Composting Systems

Community Scale Composting Systems
Author: James McSweeney
Publsiher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Total Pages: 466
Release: 2019
Genre: Compost
ISBN: 9781603586542

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Common models in community scaled composting -- Composting methods and technologies -- The composting process -- Compost recipe and feedstocks -- Processing capacity and site assessment -- Compost site infrastructure and equipment -- Bin- and bay-style composting systems -- Turned windrow composting systems -- Aerated static pile compost systems -- In-vessel compost systems -- Composting with animals -- Food scrap generation and collection -- Compost site management -- Compost end uses and markets.

The Worm Book

The Worm Book
Author: Loren Nancarrow,Janet Hogan Taylor
Publsiher: Ten Speed Press
Total Pages: 162
Release: 2012-04-04
Genre: Gardening
ISBN: 9780307789549

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Worms are the latest (as well as, of course, perhaps the oldest!) trend in earth-friendly gardening, and in this handy guide, the authors of DEAD SNAILS LEAVE NO TRAILS demystify the world of worm wrangling, with everything you need to know to build your own worm bin, make your garden worm-friendly, pamper your soil, and much much more.

Worms Eat My Garbage 35th Anniversary Edition

Worms Eat My Garbage  35th Anniversary Edition
Author: Mary Appelhof,Joanne Olszewski
Publsiher: Storey Publishing
Total Pages: 193
Release: 2017-12-26
Genre: House & Home
ISBN: 9781612129471

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For more than three decades, this best-selling guide to the practice of vermicomposting has taught people how to use worms to recycle food waste into nutrient-rich fertilizer for houseplants or gardens. Small-scale, self-contained worm bins can be kept indoors, in a basement, or even under the kitchen sink in an apartment — making vermicomposting a great option for city dwellers and anyone who doesn’t want or can’t have an outdoor compost pile. The fully revised 35th anniversary edition features the original’s same friendly tone, with up-to-date information on the entire process, from building or purchasing a bin (readily available at garden supply stores) to maintaining the worms and harvesting the finished compost.