Compost and Vermiculture

Using worms to create an improved valuable soil

Vermiculture is the technique of using earthworms to recycle organic material and agricultural waste, most of which is usually burned, into an improved soil called vermicompost or worm compost. The worms ingest waste materials and excrete nutrient rich compost. The entire process takes two months with the worms doing most of the work. Trials in our own fields on hot pepper, bell peppers, tomatoes and cabbage show a consistent pattern: plants start producing 30 days early and continue producing longer resulting in yield increase of 50-100%. The iF Foundation has three production sites currently in operation producing 30 tons per year. Producer groups in four communities will be participating in the composting program enabling those farmers to reduce or eliminate the need to use chemical fertilizer while improving soil health. This important component of our overall agricultural initiative will also make productive use of agricultural waste and reduce overall costs while creating a new source of revenue for compost producers.