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WORMIES VermiCompost

WORMIES VermiCompost

Luis Chen Aguilera 856 Views

What’s most exciting about WORMIES is the transformation from waste to a rich fertilizer. First we pre-compost the waste for 14 days using an aerobic process. Our pre-composting piles heat up to 140 degrees from the number of beneficial bacteria and microorganisms working on the pile. Once the waste goes through the gut of the worm, a new array of fungi and bacteria come into action, all beneficial to plant growth and soil health. Waste has been transformed into something useful.

One roadblock to vermicompost is the weather. Wormies gets around this by using a 150 ft. green house and special composting processes to keep the required minimal temperature for worms to thrive during the hard Michigan weather. 
Wormies aims to be the first GR-made vermicompost that you can readily find at garden centers. A locally made vc benefits our environment by reducing the amount of waste that goes into landfills, and enriches our local soil foodweb.


Firstly, less waste will be going into landfills. The amount of waste going to GR landfills has nearly double from 2012 to 2016. There is a treasure buried in each landfill—at least 30% of that waste is organic material that could be composted and turned into an economic opportunity. Secondly, anyone wanting to grow organic plants with higher yields and better health will benefit, as it is such an invaluable soil amendment as well as being a powerful tool in combating climate change.

What I Will Do With $5,000

I am currently at the stage in my business where I am ready to expand my relationships with local businesses. To that end, I will use the $5,000 for a down payment on a pickup truck. With the truck, I will be able to haul larger amounts of food scraps from businesses and increase the production of vermicompost. I currently haul about 200 gallons of material per pickup route. Once I invest in the truck, I will start collecting 1000 gallons of food waste per pickup route.

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About Luis Chen Aguilera

I work for the YMCA managing a food access program. I enjoy connecting with local farmers and bringing their produce to communities in need, as well as learning about growing food. I have an M.S. in Accounting and Auditing and a Certification in Forensic Accounting from Georgetown University. I am a Panamanian married to a Michigander, and a proud and happy father of an 8-month old baby girl.

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