Quentin Green’s Earthworm Organics
Quentin, an artist, began gardening as a creative outlet and a nurturing activity and soon became interested in organic, permaculture and bio-dynamic methods.
I attended a compost making course at KEAG, Kommetjie, and was hooked on compost making. I moved from Cape Town to Stanford with my family and worm culture/compost. In 2003/04, I began my worm farm and simultaneously worked in the vegetable garden at Camphill, Hermanus.
In 2005, I began Earthworm Organics, a project which I hope to maintain and develop sustainably and profitably. My aims are:
- To provide training and employment
- To have a low carbon footprint
- To provide organic food for the community
- To host school groups and gardening groups at my farm
- To plant as many trees and shrubs anywhere I can
- To provide myself with an income
I have achieved my aims by:
- Recycling ‘waste’, producing soil rich in humus
- Doing landscape projects such as Riverside in Stanford, Gateway Lifestyle Centre in Hermanus
- Garden nurture and design work
- Marketing of vermiculture products such as leachate, vermicompost, red wrigglers and castings.
- Providing basic training in sustainable organic cultivation methods for vegetable and home gardening.
- Selling plants from my nursery and propagating plants for my projects.
Earthworms are annelids: worms in which the body is divided into segments internally and externally
- Eisenia Fetida are commonly known as red wrigglers or compost worms.
- Wrigglers are epigeic living at the interface of the soil and deposits of decaying plant matter and animal residues.
- Earthworms constantly recycle natural and organic waste.
- Earthworms excrete castings enhanced with growth hormones and beneficial soil bacteria improving soil structure, fertility and productivity.
- Earthworms oxygenate , increase the organic matter and sequester carbon dioxide in the soil.
- Earthworm Organics is a project for earthworm farming and farming with worms.