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We could fill this entire page trying to answer this question, but we’ll try to keep it simple. Mulch is a woody material that we recommend spreading over exposed soil in order to suppress weeds, improve water retention, stabilize soil temperatures, and/or improve aesthetics. We do not recommend growing in only mulch. Compost is the end result of our windrows. We take in landscape waste, horse manure, and food scraps to pile up at a ratio that allows the microbiology in the materials to break it down. If you’re looking for “dirt” or soil, ask for our compost. Raised Bed Mix is a premium soil blend designed specifically for raised beds. This mix blends our six-month finished compost and worm castings with coco coir and perlite for optimal water retention and basalt dust for mineralization.
We work really hard on our farm and we love showing it off. We offer self-guided tours for groups no larger than 6 on weekdays during business hours. If you’re looking to bring a group for a staff-guided tour, we offer private tours weekly. If you’re looking for a staff-guided tour but don’t have a group to bring, look for our VIP tours.
You would be surprised how often we get this question. We do indeed sell worms. We breed, grow, and sell Red Wiggler Worms (Eisenia Fetida) here on the Farm. You can purchase some wiggly friends in two sizes. You can get a ½ bag which includes ~300 worms for $25 or a full bag which includes ~600 worms for $44.
No. Red wigglers are decomposers! They are only interested in eating decaying organic material, so they have no interest in healthy, living plants or their roots.
As far as the worms care you can bury your food scraps anywhere in your garden, and they’ll come eat it. The benefits of having a bin are 1) You are creating a meeting ground for the worms to come eat and be in close enough proximity to increase the likelihood of knotting (worm sex). This will speed up how long it takes for them to populate your garden. 2) A bin creates a designated space to put your food scraps. This allows you to monitor the decomposition and ensure easy removal if you find it draws unwelcome guests to your garden. 3) If you use a bin with a bottom, it will accumulate worm castings (poop). After a couple months you can pop the bin out of the ground and spread the castings throughout other areas of your garden or areas that the worms don’t have access to. You would then reset the bin and start again!
Worms are actually self-limiting creatures. This means they’ll take into account how large their population is and how much food and space they have around them. So, if they feel like they have a lot of food and space, they will increase their reproduction. If they feel there is not enough food or space for everyone, they will decrease their reproduction.