Since the Coronavirus pandemic landed in the United States early this year, there’s been a massive upswing in the number of Google searches related to worms and worm farms.
As we were restricted to our homes due to stay-at-home orders, the food systems we rely on were thrown into chaos. Farmers couldn’t get their food to restuarants because they were closed and food was flying of the shelves at supermarkets as people started “panic buying”.
We were suddenly faced with the realization that food is not grown on supermarket shelves or in restaurant kitchens, and it is not something we should be taking for granted. After decades of economic prosperity in the US, it was about time we were reminded of this.
This realization has led many Americans to start researching how to grow their own food and become more self-sufficient with less reliance on global food systems that were crumbling before their eyes.
This is the moment that worms were born for. Worms are a biological marker of healthy soil. If you want to produce a healthy garden, healthy soil must be your number one priority. Years of neglect, pesticide use, and heavy tilling have destroyed the roganic matter in American soil and we can have an impact on bringing life back to one of our most important resources that often goes unnoticed: soil. Adding worm castings, or worms’ waste as they process organic matter, to soil is the number one way to improve soil health quickly and organically.
This improvement is done by either buying worm castings in bulk to mix in with your garden or buying a starter worm supply and producing the castings yourself by feeding the worms your kitchen scraps.
These worms can eat 2x their body weight in food a day, and are quick to produce the healthy soil amendment that Charles Darwin spent the last years of his life documenting and raving about.
Producing worm castings is easy, cheap and it reduces the amount of waste sent into your garbage can and into landfills.
As conciousness about our wasteful, consumerist lifestyles is forced to the forefront thanks to the looming threat of climate change and a global pandemic, we are given an opportunity to build lives that generate healthy biotic communities and decrease our overall waste. Worms are the number one way to do this, plus they’re a lot of fun to play with!