Through vermiculture, we are transforming waste products of negative or little value into a high value asset to support essential plant growing systems and soil health
All of the materials utilised for worm food are waste products that would normally incur disposal costs, energy, land management and may cause putrefaction and objectionable odours in the environment
By utilising vegetative waste from local food processors and waste cardboard from shopkeepers, along with additional minor ingredients these”waste” products are thermophiliclly composted together for a period of 4-6 weeks in accordance with the Australian standard for composting (AS 4450). This process eliminates any harmful pathogens and weed seeds through the high, biologically driven composting temperatures (55-65C) and fully aerobic conditions. Composting also partly breaks down all of the materials ready for the worms to digest. This process is repeated to the same formula every week.
At Islands In The Stream Vermiculture we are strongly committed to continuing our research into improving and furthering the benefits of re utilised “waste” in industrial ecology.
Commercial food processing waste, agricultural waste, paper processing waste or biosolids remediation. These are all viable waste product resources to be re-utilised and upcycled.
This professional, biologically controlled process guarantees the uniformity and quality of the finished products year round.
After this composting process, what is now available, is pre-composted worm food, which is then mechanically fed into the cast harvest beds every second day. The breeding worms, raised in separate beds, receive the same worm food diet.
Each bed of worms digest approx. 1-2 cubic metres of worm food each week.
It requires 8-10 cubic metres of raw waste products to produce 5-6 cubic metres of worm food per week! The composting process reduces it by about one third.
So that means 8-10 cubic metres less waste in the world.
Just imagine how this can impact the future of waste disposal, whilst improving soil ecology, enhancing growing systems, improving pest and disease management and resistance whilst producing more healthy crops …all from waste that would formerly incur high cost of removal, storage and disposal.