If you already practice vermicomposting, or if you have read a little about the subject, you already know that the population of worms in a wormery increases very quickly. Also, because space in a worm bin is very limited, the population will reach its peak pretty fast. It’s difficult to give estimations, as it depends on the number of worms introduced at first, on the conditions in the worm bin, on the feeding of the worms, etc. But here’s a given: at some point in time you can remove worms from your wormery, without disturbing the system.
With that in mind, why not connect people who are able and willing to give worms with people who are looking for some?
Even though I sell worms myself via Lajnan, I have to recognize that it makes little sense to ship worms by post to someone who could have gotten some from his neighbour, if those two only knew each other.
On top of that it would be a great occasion for people who are starting their wormery to meet, and learn from experienced worm composters. Worm composting is not rocket science, however it’s easy to make mistakes, and we’ve all made some.
While some companies in the industry are doing all they can to sell worm food, tools, or books whose usefulness is questionable to say the least, I was keen to offer a service that was true to Lajnan’s values: the Worm Exchange is all about community and sharing. Also, it’s free and always will be.
There are two simple rules to participate in the Worm Exchange:
1) The donor can’t ask for money in exchange for the worms, but…
2) …it’s always nice of the beneficiary to give something in exchange (home-made jam, seeds, a cake, anything!)
Before you head off to the Worm Exchange page, if you are an experienced worm composter with the possibility to give worms I’d be incredibly grateful if you could register as a donor. The first donors are very important for the Worm Exchange as they are the ones that will start up the movement.
The Worm Exchange is a new tool, and your suggestions and comments are more than welcome. Please let me know what you think by leaving a comment below.