Etowah Couple Lives off the Land with their Working Worms
On the Stafford farm in Etowah, the cash crop isn't corn or tomatoes. Instead, you might say, they put their faith in Worm poop is plain English for it, says Vern Stafford.
It's interesting conversation anywhere you go, they say what do you do? Worm farmer, says Caye Stafford. These self-proclaimed worm farmers use composted leaves, sift out the rocks and debris, and use it to feed their numerous natives. Right in here there are 18 thousand worms. 250 in each bucket, Vern explains. The worms eat a mixture of those broken down leaves and a combo of grains but first, the worm wizard has to find them using their homemade shaker machine. And what's left, is what the Staffords call brown gold.
This soil, that the worms have lived in and wiggled through for several days, is full of worm castings and is now organic fertilizer. We are selling mother nature in a bag, really is what we are selling. It is the most organic fertilizer you can buy, Vern says. What started out as a hobby for this retired couple, now keeps them working on their worms seven days a week.
They are Mother Nature's little helpers, they are one of the most advantageous little creatures there are. And while most people might see a crew of creepy crawly creatures, the Staffords see things a little differently. They are like pets, Caye says, until we get up to 80,000 I had all of them named. Then I had to stop.
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