The Stewardship of Worms, the friends of the Earth
 
We are of mind/heart that Life cannot be bought and sold. It is a stewardship we pass on to other’s hands/hearts to care for Red Wrigglers. Our fees are for our time in caring for them so that you may be gifted with their presence in your life. Our protocol questions are to insure the well-being of both worm and yourself through a clear understanding of their care. If at any time, you can not maintain the relationship with them, they may be returned at no cost or reimbursement.

 
The Aisenia Fetida or the Red Wriggler is an amazing composting worm. One of the oldest creatures on the planet’s surface and the first to come into a disaster area, it exists throughout the globe, North, South, East and West. Its purpose is to transform that which is dead back to a state that supports new life. It is the only being on the planet possessing 5 hearts and 8 digestions. We know of no other creature having more hearts.
 
For you esoteric or biodynamic buffs, the number 5 and 8, (see our books: The Sacred Circle by Lorena Loo) brings them under the influence of the planet Venus. It is as well, hermaphroditic, possessing both sexes, linking it to the influence of the consort of Venus, Mercury.
 
Every creature on the planet is here to help us with an influencing energy and the Aisenia Fetida is particularly the best example of how alchemically we can use our Sexual Energy (see our books – The Magdalen Manuscript by Tom Kenyon and Judi Sion), since it has achieved balance of both sexes from within. It puts out a cocoon of 2 worms every 7 days, hatching in 21 days (sound familiar ladies). It loves wet, dark and light-weight environments,
which makes it the ideal worm for indoor composting. They have no teeth, but suck through their mouths for their food, which are bacteria and fungi.
 
 

Scientists are still not clear on what happens internally in the gut of the Red Wriggler for it to put out the “broadcastings” that they do. They emit out pure beneficial bacteria and/or fungi that will support again the growth of New Life in your gardens (bacterial dominated) or in your forests/orchards, (fungal dominated). Broadcastings are not their eliminations. They are their messages, their cures, their foods for you and the Earth Mother. They eliminate through secretions on their skin, which is unpleasant to the taste buds of fish.

Scientists have also discovered 2 very unusual attributes that Aisenia Fetida do. They protect us by secreting a mucus membrane around heavy metals that they encounter, suspending and locking them up from plant uptake. Despite the high radiation and complete death levels at Chernobyl, the one creature they have found to exist there are the Red Wigglers, working to transform that which is dangerous to Life, back to being able to support new Life again. The second discovery is Biophotons www.wholehealthnow.com.

 
We no longer pick worms and weigh them, because this process was so detrimental to the worm. They were under a great deal of stress that many died in transport or when introduced to a composting box. Now we offer a vermiculture of small, medium, large worms and their cocoons living in community with the other organisms that help them with their work of transformation. You will see many other beings living with them in the compost.

They need each other, and perform important individual roles. As a rule, we suggest :

  • 1/2 lb. of worms for a classroom chest
  • ¾ lb. for one person (1/2 lb. will not do it)
  • 1lb. for 2-3 people depending on your lifestyle.

N.B.: An incorrect quantity for indoor use will lead to unwanted fruit fly problems.

  • More than this, we suggest you work with the worms in an exterior pile
 

Red Wrigglers need a light-weight aerated mixture to live in. Whether outside or inside, you will need to mix, ----- spring leaves or shredded autumn leaves, finely shredded newspaper and/or shredded cardboard, (cardboard when it is wet is very easy to tear), decomposing straw (optional) and a HANDFULL of earth for their gizzards. Mix together outside while wetting the whole affair, until it is like a wet sponge.

You will need a proper size box, or else have to clean the box more often, if smaller.

 
 

Suggested size:

  • for schools is 15 ½”x 12”x 12 ¾” deep and needs one half pound of worms;
  • for 1 person the outside dimensions are 22”x 16”x 12 2/4” deep and needs ¾ pounds of worms;
  • for 2-3 people the outside dimensions are 24”x 20”x 12 ½” deep and needs one pound of worms.
Drill large holes (size of a dime) on the bottom, small holes (size of a small drill bit) on the top, NONE on the sides.
Next one would put a geotextile or old carpeting, with no rubber backing, laid along the bottom.
The box should be filled to the depth of 10-12 inches with the litter, in which you will dig a hole to bury you kitchen waste and cover with 3-4 inches of the mixture. Next time pick a different place to bury your leavings.
Once a week sprinkle a tablespoon of crushed eggshells on the surface and the worms will turn it in for you. This calcium supply is needed for their cocoon production just like us ladies.

As an interesting note, take the opportunity to listen to them in the dead of the night doing their work.

You can make this yourself, or you can buy the prepared chests from Terramies.


School size 67.75$ complete with ½ lb. vermiculture, bedding, drainage tray and technical support

Size for 1 person 86.50$ complete with ¾ lb. of vermiculture, bedding, drainage tray and technical support

Size for 2-3 persons 105$ complete with 1 lb. of vermiculture, bedding, drainage tray and technical support

Innoculation for outside composting ½ lb of vermiculture 33$
¾ lb 46$
1 lb 60$

N.B. All available between the months of June through to October


F A Q

Will the worms try to escape from the box?

Red Wigglers do not try to escape unless something is wrong with their environment. They do not like light and they just want to transform the material. If they have a food source and the right conditions they are happy to stay in the provided for area, the pile or box.

 
4005 ch. du lac Brennan, Rawdon, Quebec, Canada, J0K 1S0 — Tel.: 450-834-4231 — info@terramies.com