The Urban Worm CIC is a social enterprise committed to raising the profile of worm farming as the ecological and economical solution for organic waste management and organic agriculture. We support schools, communities, businesses, farmers and families harnessing the power of the humble earthworm to build the foundations for food production to flourish, and for societies to thrive in the face of adversity.

Worms are more powerful than the African elephant and more important to the economy than the cow.


Worm Farming FAQ

Not sure where to start? Already started and got stuck? The Urban Worm’s FAQ, based on discussions we have had with aspiring and new worm farmers around the world, available here at the click of a button.

Worm farm bin conversion kits available now!


The reality of climate change, natural resource depletion and mass urbanization present unprecedented threats to global food security and the survival of humanity. Worm farming provides solutions to help us meet and address these challenges, as individuals, communities, institutions and businesses.  The process particularly lends itself to the urban environment with small scale indoor, low tech and low cost systems. With 83 % of the UK living in cities an urban worm farming movement is essential for future food security and provides easy solutions for our kitchen waste.

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Workshops & Education


For the organic gardening enthusiast or anyone wanting to live more sustainably we deliver practical workshop sessions for community groups, housing cooperatives and associations. Workshops can be hosted at the Urban Worm farm workshop or we can come to you. 

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Workshops can include:

  • How to build a DIY worm farm

  • How to care for your worms

  • How to harvest worms & worm manure

  • Using worms in organic gardening

  • Managing organic waste with worms

    Including animal waste!


We believe engaging children in the importance of earthworms and soil health builds the foundations for a healthy society, igniting a sense of stewardship and care for the earth. We offer informative and fun workshops to compliment the National Curriculum, particularly suitable for science & geography at Key Stage 2 & 3.

  • The role of worms in agriculture

  • Worms, soil and micro-organisms

  • Reducing organic waste with worms

  • Anatomy & identifying species

  • Lifecycle of an earthworm

  • Building a DIY worm farm



Anna's workshop had visitors at our community orchard fascinated. She has an amazing amount of knowledge and passion, and it was infectious - people didn't want the workshop to end! Loads of questions answered and loads of people enthused to go and raise their own worms, knowing it's easy, fun and basically essential if we're going to keep growing things.

Sam Ward - St Ann's Allotments

Anna has been hugely influential in our drive toward sustainable education; writing policy, installing worm farms, advising on good practice and helping us to become the first school to vermicompost all our organic waste on site. Not only that - her energy and enthusiasm has engaged and inspired our learners: no easy thing in a challenging environment.

Martin Sumner - Director, RISE Learning Zone

Within minutes the children were absorbed in sifting through compost and making their own worm farms to produce organic plant food. Anna was brilliant with the children and the whole group thoroughly enjoyed the session, both inside the classroom and outside in the country park worm hunting. Thank you Anna; we definitely recommend you and your worms.

Geoff East - The Wildlife Trust


For businesses and institutions looking to improve their environmental credentials, demonstrating a commitment to sustainability, we can support and guide you to manage your organic waste onsite, tailoring to your budget and requirements.

If you are looking to establish a worm farming enterprise or integrate worm farming into your agricultural practice we offer expert knowledge and advice. The market for worm farming is expanding and offers extensive opportunities for diversification of livestock holders, replacing the use of synthetic fertilisers with worm manure, supporting a necessary shift towards regenerative agricultural practice.

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"Anna from the Urban Worm was a main collaborator with Urban Catch on a DEFRA-funded trial testing sustainable nutrient solutions in an urban growing setting. She came all the way up from Nottingham to install two vermicomposters and run an intro workshop. Her enthusiasm is simply infectious, and everyone walked away from the workshop full of love for worms! Her knowledge and experience is clear, but she also presents the information in a way that's very approachable and digestible for all involved.

Anna has also been very kind to help with any follow-up troubleshooting and questions. She's an expert in her field but knows how to make what she's doing interesting and fun for different audiences."

Sinead Fortune, director, urban catch

The Urban Worm Illustrated Guides


Why We Need Worm Farming


Why Plants Love Worm Manure


How To Set Up A Mini Worm Farm


How To Set Up A Wheelie Bin Worm Farm

Burnt Embers

Not sure where to start? Already started and got stuck? The Urban Worm’s FAQ, based on discussions we have had with aspiring and new worm farmers around the world, available here at the click of a button.




Products for your gardens & farms


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There is no god dare wrong a worm.

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