Considering the Worm Breeding or Worm Composting business? This conference is for you. You will get coaching, hands on training, and business advice and recommendations from leading experts in the US Worm Farming community Learn about starting a worm farm, worm farm for profit, starting a worm farm business.
See successful worm breeding in operation. Watch worm castings production using wedge and CFW processes. See screening, bagging, and mixing in both low and medium volume environments. We will be demonstrating Jet, Worm Sh*fter, and UNCO screens - determine which is best for your operations. We have baggers, screens, and loaders all in operation for you to watch and evaluate.
Plus! you will get the opportunity to actually do it! On day two of the conference, we will split into groups where you can work with breeding, castings, tea, and composting process HANDS ON. Actual training in how each process works.
Fees are $600 for the first participant ($300 for the second in your party). $100 off for registration before 10/30/2021.
Registration fees includes conference materials, breakfast and lunch on both days of the conference, and all speakers and training sessions.
For the safety of guests and staff, participants must show proof of Covid vaccination. We will limit participants to 50 and all sessions will be held outside in the open air.
If you believe those web pages that say you can make $100,000 a year in the worm business working part-time with no investment, we are going to try to dissuade you of that notion. The worm business is hard work and takes investment in space, machines, and marketing to make it viable. We will teach you what it takes - but if you are coming to learn to breed worms with no investment - we suggest you not come.
Heather has over 14 years of professional worm composting experience and is a National Speaker on Vermicomposting, Composting, Regenerative Agriculture, Gardening, Soil Health, and Wellness.
Zach is the owner and manager of the Arizona Worm Farm, our host for this conference. Zach has developed a successful worm and composting business from scratch, to a business now generating more than a million dollars a year.
Steve, an actively-serving Air Force veteran, started the Urban Worm Company in 2014 to help teach beginning vermicomposters. In 2018, Steve launched an Urban Worm-branded product line including the flagship Urban Worm Bag. Steve is recognized as a marketing leader in the vermiculture community..
Now coined 'The Worm Lady', Susan been working over the past twenty years to fine tune and find ways to make her hobby, now turned business, easy & something everyone can do. She is passionate about composting worms, recycling, garbage and soil microbes that build soil with the plants!
Join us for breakfast to get things started right.
For the First Participant:
For the Second Participant in the same party:
We can't wait to show you our farm!
John's tour of the Arizona Worm Farm
John's tour of Texas Worm Ranch
January is a great time to come to Arizona! The Phoenix area generally experiences its coldest weather in January, yet, daytime temperatures still average in the middle sixties. The normal daily maximum is 66 degrees. Our conference will be mostly outside, so dress for cool, comfortable weather.
We have reserved blocks of rooms at Gila River Casino (
https://reservations.travelclick.com/85254?groupID=3280802 ) for $155 per night and at Green Tree for a less expensive option $98 per night. (https://www.greentreeinn.com/hotels/az/phoenix-west). This is high season for Phoenix - we recommend you book early.
PLEASE NOTE: Vee Quiva is a nice casino with a small hotel. They have a limited number of room with two double beds (most are kings). If you are planning on sharing a room, we recommend you book early.
We will provide shuttle service from Gila River to the farm each day.
The following is a preliminary list of the worm farms that will be represented:
Kootenay Farms (Baynes Lake B.C. Canada)
GreenHill Worm Farm ( Rutherfordton, NC)
Meme's Worms (Lakeland, GA)
Duncan's Worm Farm (Evansville, IN)
Podunk Worm Farms (Reno, Nevada)
Old Tom's Wormery (San Jose, CA)
Texas Worm Ranch (Dallas, TX)
Hobby Worm Farm (Atlanta, GA)
Suburban Worms (Troy, MO)
Seattle Worms (Mountlake Terrace, WA)
Rhody Worms (Exeter, Rhode Island)
Worm Wrangler (Kitchener, ON, Canada)
Sustrigde Sustainability Consulting
Arizona Worm Farm
Can we add your farm to the list?
Please contact us if you cannot find an answer to your question.
Worm farmers who want to improve their operations, people considering the worm business, composters who want to improve their profitability.
On the grounds of the Arizona Worm Farm, a 10 acre worm farm in South Phoenix, Arizona. All sessions will be outside, so dress accordingly.
There is a discounted rate for partners and spouses.
Our refund policy is: yes. You can cancel anytime for any reason and we will refund all you paid us.
It is really not very accessible, sorry. We have mulch or dirt everywhere. We have had people in power wheelchairs here before and they navigated most of the farm - but there are parts they could not go (including our breeding trailers and food forest). I would guess that you would only be able to access 70% of the farm.
And, it doesn't rain here in Phoenix very often...but if it does, the mud makes navigation worse.
And, we do not have wheelchair accessible rest rooms.
We want the conference to be as safe as possible for our team and our guests. If you have a medical reason you are not getting a vaccine, bring us a negative COVID test from within 72 hours and you are welcome.
But, vermicompost and all the organic things we do and teach are based in science. Fungal and Bacterial interaction with organic matter is a tested, scientific fact and we will base this conference on those facts. Similarly, the COVID vaccination is based on decades of solid science and is demonstrably less dangerous than catching COVID. We recommend you get vaccinated.
If you want to argue the science, please don't come. I won't argue with you about microbes converting organic matter into plant-accessible nutrients and I won't argue with thousands of doctors and experts that have proven the vaccine is safe and effective.
For more information or for scholarship requests, send us a message, and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
For press passes or other special requests, please call 602-418-6704