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How to buy 35 gallons of worms

multiple worm bins in a basement with close up of worms

Anna said we need worms.....lots of worms.

I said "It sure would be nice to find someone local we could buy from instead of ordering them on the internet". Sure enough someone near Johnson City was selling worms and worm castings on Craigs list. We're not sure how many pounds of worms each bucket holds due to the bedding material included, but I felt like 20 dollars per 5 gallon bucket was a fair price, and I got the added bonus of checking out someone's operation who is years ahead of ours.  His name was Warren, and he told me one of his motivations behind being a worm guy was to get his sons involved in something that included learning how to work and being away from the computer. I had to laugh when he told me his wife recently asked him to stop talking about worms so much to their friends, so now he refers to them as his livestock.

Craigs list continues to be a valuable tool for the urban and rural homesteaders who are looking to save money and network with other folks in the community.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Comment by anna Thu Feb 17 20:50:28 2011

I too bought my red wiggler worms from Craigslist this January. It's amazing what you can find on Craigslist! We got a great deal on a Country Living Grain Mill just before Christmas that was quite the find.

Emma City Roots, Country Life

Comment by Emma Thu Feb 17 20:59:00 2011
If you're willing to put in the time to hunt through craigslist, it does seem to be the best option. We got our thousand gallon tank that way --- a great deal!
Comment by anna Thu Feb 17 21:12:20 2011
Ok, that's the funniest thing ever. I love that your supplier calls his worms the "livestock."
Comment by Heather Thu Feb 17 23:13:46 2011
do you have any side by side comparisons of plant growth between worm castings and regular compost?... ive seen it before and was amazed... just wondered if you've tried it to see.
Comment by Trisha Thu Feb 17 23:46:34 2011

Heather --- I know! I wish I'd come along for the ride and met him.

Trisha --- I haven't seen those comparisons! I've been thinking of worms as just an alternative path to regular compost, but it's clear I need to do a bit more research to see how much value worms actually bring to the table.

Comment by anna Fri Feb 18 10:07:06 2011

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