Nurturing people, plants and the planet is at the heart of what we do. We want to help build sustainable societies and cities that thrive in the face of adversity, and we believe the humble composting earthworm is a key player in tackling food waste and sustainable food production.
In the UK we send over 25 million tonnes of food waste to landfill every year, costing the economy (approximately £2.3 billion) and the earth. Food waste emits the powerful green house gases GHG Methane CH4 and Nitrous Oxide N2O that are 21 and 310 times stronger than Carbon Dioxide CO2, escalating the threat of climate change and undermining food security.
At The Urban Worm we see this food waste as a valuable resource waiting to be turned in to ‘Black Gold’, other wise known as worm castings or worm poop, the finest organic fertiliser known to man. Worm castings contain an abundance of minerals and nutrients essential for healthy plant growth and disease suppression, helping us grow our own without the use of costly synthetic fertilisers.
We have lovingly developed components to transform wheelie bins into wormeries. It could never be easier to make your own ‘Black Gold’, providing you with a steady supply of the finest liquid fertiliser and compost.
My husband gave me worms for Christmas. I was thrilled!! Having met Anna and heard her present The Urban Worm, I was excited to have some of my own to deal with the dog poo in a ecological way. It was so simple to set them up, and they are thriving in their wheelie bin, producing a potent "worm juice" elixir which I gladly share with friends who have allotments and gardens. I always have a nice chat with them when I pop out to feed them. Every home should have one of Anna's wormeries, they are clean, green, and fascinating.