Why the Worm Factory® Standard
Americans throw away 34 million tons of food waste into landfills each year,
more than any there type of waste (www.EPA.gov). While traditional backyard
composting has its place, the process can take up to two years and rotating
it can become a chore. Worm composting uses worms to do the work of breaking
down waste and is more efficient and easier to manage than a traditional
backyard compost pile. In addition, its compact design makes it perfect for
use in any household.
At A Glance
If you have ever wondered how to compost with worms the Worm Factory® Standard has everything you need to get started. Start with just the bottom tray and bedding material included. Add 1 lb. of composting worms (not included with system) and start filling the tray with household waste. The worms will process and recycle the waste into fine compost full of nutrients. When the first tray is full, stack another on top. Each tray has a grid bottom, so worms migrate upward as new food is added.
As waste is broken down, moisture filters through the system, taking nutrient-rich particles with it. This makes it possible to harvest organic liquid fertilizer right from the spigot.
Adding Food Waste
Adding household waste to the Worm Factory® Standard is easy; just open the lid and toss the food in. Fruits, vegetables, grains, paper, egg shells, leaves, coffee grounds, bread tea bags, grains, pasta, and paper. Three foods to avoid are diary, meat, and citrus fruit; these can be harmful to the worms and are difficult to compost, Feed your worms about 50% food scraps and 50% fiber and paper. This creates the optimal environment for worms and finished compost. The goal is to recycle what you usually throw away. Don't worry about feeding your worms every day. Some people feed them a handful a week; some people feed them a handful a day. The general rule of thumb is worms can eat about half their weight in food per day. This means that if you start with 1 lb. of worms, they can eat a half pound of food per day. Worms can survive up to two weeks without any additional food. Just feed them a bit extra before going on long vacations.
Your first tray will take about three months to become fully composted by the worms. After the first tray is composted the other trays can take as little as a month depending on the waste added. Once you harvest your finished compost from the bottom tray, you will have an empty tray to stack on top again.
Year-round OperationYour waste production isn't seasonal and your composting efforts shouldn't be either! Composting is no longer limited to the warm months. The Worm Factory® Standard can be used indoors or outdoors, allowing year round operation.
It is important to note that worms are living creatures, and cannot tolerate extreme temperatures. Keep the worms temperature between 40 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
When managed correctly, the Worm Factory® Standard is odorless, making it thee perfect composter for apartments, kitchens, condos, garages, porches and more! Because of its unique design, the Worm Factory® Standard allows oxygen to flow through the system, discouraging stinky garbage odors.
The Worm Factory® Standard is expandable vertically, allowing a high compost capacity while maintaining a very small footprint. When full, each tray weighs 12.5 pounds, making lifting and arranging trays effortless.
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