What We Do
Online Shop: We sell red wiggler worms by the pound, worm castings, indoor and outdoor worm bins, books on worm composting, and other accessories.
Teach: We run workshops and clinics on vermicomposting with potential professional development credits and Master Gardener credits. We also provide a Speakers Bureau for all ages. A featured shop item is a children's bin and children's book designed by The Worm Ladies.
Consult: The Worm Ladies emphasize cost effective ways of raising worms, harvesting the castings, and making "worm brew”. We provide complimentary help and information concerning vermiculture at the home scale. We also provide consulting services for individuals and businesses about using worms for organic waste management. We want worm composting to be successful at all levels and are here to help!
How It All Started
In the early 1990s, Nancy was looking for a way to manage the manure and flies under the cages of her prized Angora rabbits. She came across worm composting and quickly solved her fly and manure problems.
An avid gardener, Nancy noticed the positive effect the worm castings had on her flowers and vegetables. The worms were so effective at managing manure that Nancy soon found herself with an abundance of worms and compost. Teaming with friends Lois Fulton and Susie Fehrmann , also avid gardeners and composters, the trio started sharing worms and observations with friends and family. Soon after they co-founded The Worm Ladies of Charlestown, Inc.!
Fast forward to 2017 - The Worm Ladies have expanded into a greenhouse facility in North Kingstown, RI. We still raise worms in the backyard, as part of our rabbit manure management, but the new facility will help us meet a growing demand for worms, castings, and brew. Come check us out!
As an educator with a Masters in Education, Nancy started her career with a focus on art education and art therapy. Concentrating on fiber art, Nancy began raising angora rabbits. She shears, spins, weaves, and knits the angora into the final piece. In addition to exhibiting locally, Nancy's work has been shown in galleries in Maryland and Washington, DC.
Nancy has previously served as the Founder and Executive Director of The Maryland Fiber Center, Inc. and The Maryland Cultural Arts Center, Inc., and also founded A Child Care Center.
The Worm Ladies are dedicated to inspiring the next generation of worm composters. Composting is good for the environment, fun, and therapeutic for all ages.
About Our Worms
Also known as red wiggler worms or Eisenia fetida, these worms are commonly used to break down organic molecules in compost and decaying matter; worm poop or castings are used as a soil enhancer and fertilizer in the garden, on the lawn, or on houseplants. Unlike most other earthworms, red wigglers are surface feeders with the ability to consume more than their weight in decayed matter each day so household and agricultural waste are a ideal food for the red wigglers who turn it into worm castings – natures perfect food. This species of worm does not migrate so it can be easily kept in captivity if we provide a home, air, moisture and food. The worms do all the work!
Worms are hermaphrodites (both male and female). Each worm can produce up to 2-3 cocoons or capsules per week which hatch out every 3 - 4 weeks producing tiny white baby worms called threads. The baby worms that survive will mature to reproductive age in 1-2 months. Under healthy conditions there can bea rapid increase in population available to eat more garbage or to share with a friend. Under ideal conditions with plenty of food and room in a well established bin, one pound of worms can double in three to four months.
Rhody Worm™ Castings
Castings are the worm's manure (worm poop). They contain a highly active biological mixture of bacteria, enzymes, remnants of plant matter and animal manure. They are rich in water-soluble plant nutrients and contain 50% more humus than what is normally found in topsoil. They contain a high concentration of nitrates, phosphorous, magnesium, potassium, and minerals such as manganese, copper, zinc, cobalt, borax, iron, carbon, and nitrogen – all in natural proportions.
The beneficial nutrients found in castings are absorbed easily and immediately by plants (unlike chemical fertilizers and manure,) and they will never burn plants.
Our castings are perfect for use on vegetables or flowers. Incorporate 1 part of castings to 10 parts of soil for vegetable and a little less for flowers. As little as a tablespoon of pure worm castings provide enough organic plant nutrients to feed an 8-10 inch plant for more than two months.
Make a “tea” of worm castings to use when watering household plants, flowers, and vegetables.
Worm castings can be sifted for starting seeds. Mix with peat coir. Do not use more than 20-40% castings in the mix.