Worms for food

2008-07-31 00:00

“Wizzard Worms @ Work” declared the sign. The smaller one next to it was rather more cryptic: “Wizzard Worms Wondrous Wee”. They were both by the entrance gate to a farm near Rietvlei about 40 kilometres from Mooi River where the worms were busy working in a demonstration garden, dramatically green amid the winter dryness with small plots of cabbage, cauliflower, red cabbage, lettuce, carrots, spinach, leeks and beetroot.

Blacklaw got the idea of farming worms when he began investigating methods of dealing with raw sewage. “In Scandinavia they use worms to recycle sewage waste — whole cities recycle sewage using worms. That was a bit out of my league but the gardening aspect was one thing I could develop without capital.”

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