Anna de la Vega, director of The Urban Worm, holding Tiger worms

Social enterprise, The Urban Worm, wants to give out composting Tiger worms that can turn everyday food waste into high-grade fertiliser for plants.

Worm farming is the process of managing organic waste by using composting worms and now schools, businesses and households around the UK can “worm up” their waste.

It is a simple way to convert everyday food scraps and organic matter, from banana peels to cotton socks, into a nutritious and rich fertiliser called worm casting (worm manure) which can then be used for plants.

Worm menu

Anna de la Vega, director of The Urban Worm says, “worms can eat up to half their body weight a day and they can reduce the volume of that waste by 90% so they are really efficient for waste management”.

Now, with support from The National Lottery Reaching Communities Fund, they have 1,000 packs of 100g of Tiger worms to gift around the UK so that people can start their own worm farm.

Video: Anna de la Vega explains the process of worm farming.

De la Vega adds, “worm farming in the UK is rather underdeveloped compared to the rest of the world”. However, she explains it is very simple to make one at home.

The Urban Worm website has step by step videos on how you can build a comfortable home for your worms with items you already have at home.

You can make an earthy home for your worms using bags, swing bins, plastic containers and buckets.

What are the benefits of worm farming?

  • The worm manure produced is a grade-A-soil, rich in the 14 nutrients that plants need to thrive.
  • It prevents food waste from ending up in landfill.
  • It is cheap and easy to make and you can compost from home.
  • Worms release leachate which can then be sprayed on plant leaves to make them healthier and stronger and protect them from pests.

* Tiger Worms are 1 of the 4 types of worms that can eat food waste

* They can double their population every 60 days

“Worm farming is really cheap, you can do it indoors or outdoors. You don’t need a garden to compost with worms. It’s for everyone” says De le Vega.

She also assures that “a healthy worm farm shouldn’t smell”.

” we can really make a big difference, we don’t need any artificial inputs, we just need worms.”

Anna de la vega

She adds, “there is no reason why we are sending our waste to landfills. With worm farming, we can deal with food waste at home”

“By moving away from these synthetic chemicals and using a more organic approach, we can really make a big difference, we don’t need any artificial inputs, we just need worms”.

Worm Manure packets for plants

To become one of the 1,000 worm farmers, you can fill out a form on The Urban Worm website. After making an earthy home for your worms, they will be shipped to you by post.

Click below to see why worm farming is an easy solution for our food waste.