LETHBRIDGE - Earthly Matters Vermiculutre in Coaldale are raising worms to sell for their
They have over 100,000 worms that they feed 100 percent organic grain.
Every two weeks they're sifting out their manure, or worm castings as they call
The castings amend soil by adding nutrients, helping with moisture
retention and by adding beneficial micro-organisms back into the soil.
Owner of Earthly Matters Dan Rollingson says they're also able to apply it in
a liquid form on basically anything that grows. He says "it's a natural product,
it won't burn the plants, it's non-toxic so it's safe for kids and the pets, and
when you spray our product on to your plants you don't have to worry about if
you don't wash it off right away, it's very safe that way."
Rollingson adds "worms kind of have a a bad rap sometimes, people don't like
them in their lawn and that type of thing but they are very important to
building the soil biology and they do it very efficiently and they're very good composters as well, we sell worms for people who would want to have a home
composter, worms can break down food very rapidly." He hopes to double or triple the amount of worms they have in the next
Locally, their castings are sold at Country Blooms Greenhouse in Lethbridge
and they have a weekly booth at the Farmer's Market. More information can be
found at http://www.earthlymatters.ca.