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Worm Farmer

Worm Farmer

Career Advice on How to Become A Worm Farmer

Oh you might not think about the old worm farmer too often, but he’s the first person you think of when you need a big, plump juicy worm.  A good percentage of worm farmers are self-employed or operate small businesses.  This, of course, isn’t too shocking as the start-up money needed for a good old-fashion worm farm isn’t too intense.  Worm farming, or as the fancy pants call it “vermiculture,” is a business where most of what one needs is worms and dirt.  If you have worms and dirt, you have a shot and making it in the worm farming business.

Career Facts:

You will need to learn the various finer points of the vermiculture business.  This means you will need to be able to tell the difference between your red wigglers and your blueworms.  Oh, it’s not as easy as it may sound.  Also you will need to embrace worm castings as your bread and butter.  Worm castings are worm, well; let’s just refer to it as fertilizer.  Excited yet?

Worm farming takes place on a large scale, where there are worms as far as the eye can see, and the small scale, where there is a guy with a weird box in his backyard.  One of the big advantages for this unusual career is that as an entrepreneur one can get into the worm farming business with very little capital.  You just need worm, scrap food and dirt.

Career Opportunities and Job Outlook- Unknown:

If you can figure out how to grow enough of these hard little workers, then you might be in business.  While it is difficult to know what the future demand might be at least it’s a business that you can start with dirt.  That is a rare thing indeed.

A Day in The Life:

But it gets better, as worms will eat almost anything and will work for you day and night.  Worms are particularly found of citrus fruit, fruit peels, tealeaves, eggshells and even grass clippings.  These little moneymakers will eat just about anything you throw at them. 

In the end, you can sell them off to people who like worms or farmers, and you can sell the lovely worm droppings as well.  It’s a win-win-win.

Average Salary:

 If you can gather enough of these little critters, you can make a decent buck.  Worms are often sold for about $20 a pound.  (About 1000 earthworms go into a pound.)

Career Training and Qualifications:

A desire to get your hands dirty is the main qualification for worm farmer.

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