Supplemental income is something that is on everyone's mind these days. It's almost impossible to live on income alone in today's world. So when I was 20-something I started exploring all these crazy ways to make money on the side - with a mission of not having to work a 'job' one day.
I'll let you know when that happens, as of now we all have to work in my house to make it work. Not only am I a pre-k teacher, I run a small little eBay business on the side, write on vocal, sell things on Amazon via affiliation links, bake cakes for people, play money-winning apps, AND I sell worm pee and poop.
Yeah, you read that last one correctly. I sell worm pee and poop. I'm about to start investing in selling my bunny's poop too (I always wondered why farmers would keep rabbits, and now I understand that their poop is like one of the magical organic fertilizers out there). But yes, I have a worm farm, and it's quite lucrative in all kinds of ways.
Not only do I have a way to get rid of kitchen and food scraps in a NO STINK ecologically friendly manner, but my garden benefits from the best organic fertilizer it can get, AND I can even earn some moolah on the side. It's sincerely the most amazing symbiotic relationship in my life (aside from all the plants that keep me alive by making air of course).
But say you already know all of that, and you're interested in the making money part. What do you do?
WELL! You could, of course, invest high dollars in professional packaging, and work really hard to brand yourself and create a mega-poo corporation...
Or you can keep it as expense-free as possible and start out with recycled bottles. I generally use 3 or 4 different sizes. I use gallon jugs, 2-liter bottles, 24-ounce bottles, and 64-ounce juice jugs. The good news is, I can't get my family to stop drinking soda, so I always have a collection of bottles at my disposal.
I get stickers, and print out my own label, and of course dilution instructions. I pre-dilute the worm solution (because it's super concentrated if you don't pre-dilute it a little bit, chances are your customers won't dilute it enough and it'll burn their plants - then you're stuck explaining why their plants died from too much food) so I generally wait until I have at least a gallon of liquid worm castings collected before I dilute, and multiple sizes of each bottle.
I take mine to the local Hardware and Farmer's Feed Store. They are amazing. They sell it for me in the stores. I also set up as a vendor at flea markets with my wares, and sell it there. There are also online places where you can list your product locally, such as Craig's List, Facebook Marketplace, and Facebook groups - specifically local ones near you focused on selling items. If you can make it a farmer's group, that is even better.
How much should I sell my worm pee/poop for?
I usually sell my 24-ounce bottles for $10, my 64-ounce for $15, my 1-liters for $20, and my gallon jugs for $25.
Depending on how much you know about worm tea for your plants, that can seem either pricey or very affordable - borderline cheap. The reason I price mine the way I do is because it's prediluted but still extremely concentrated. I put mine to a 50/50 ratio of worm tea and water, sometimes even a 1 part worm tea, and 3 parts water, depending on how concentrated it is coming out of the vermifarm.
Then I have to print out instructions on how to dilute it further. 1 gallon of my concentrated worm tea I think could fertilize at least 1 acre worth of crops on its own. I don't charge the MRSP suggestion for concentrated worm tea because I use recycled jugs, and the worms eat the scraps from my garden and they fertilize my garden so they can eat well all year long basically. I only use computer paper for the instructions and ink for my label stickers. I don't believe in ripping people off. Otherwise, if you invest capital and make yours look more professional than milk and soda jugs, then I highly suggest going up in price.
So there you have it! How you can make money off worm poop! Maybe invest in a vermicompostor and start benefiting for yourself!
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