Edit ModuleShow Tags

Rocky Mountain Worm Company


Published:

Jay Williams graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University and came home to Colorado Springs in 2010. His green-thumbed father, Ken, had started using compost in the garden, but something was missing: worms.

“You need a lot of worms to keep your garden healthy,” says Jay.

It follows that Ken and Jay bought a Worm Factory 360 and set up a home-based worm farm. After navigating the learning curve, it was time to scale up and go pro last year.

Today the Williams’ Rocky Mountain Worm Company sells worms, worm cocoons and worm-farming equipment, but its primary product is worm castings – “worm poop,” explains Jay. “That’s the staple of the business.

“When you feed worms decayed compost, they digest it into something that is almost perfect compost,” says Jay, touting its pH neutrality and vibrant microbe population. “It turns into a living product.”

The father-son team first sold worm castings in 2012 and opened a retail store this year. The worm farm is on the premises in a climate-controlled warehouse where they raise African nightcrawlers and red wigglers. “They’re a little like a pet,” says Jay. “You have to feed them and monitor them and make sure they’re OK.”

In one year, they’ve emerged as the state’s most prolific worm farmers, selling 15-pound bags of castings for $30. Of course, some customers want more than that, says Jay. “We’ve had a couple of customers who have bought a ton at a time.”

ON THE WEB: rockymountainwormcompany.com

DATA POINT: 450 pounds:

How much worm castings Rocky Mountain Worm Company’s 20,000 African nightcrawlers produce in a week.

Edit Module
Eric Peterson

Denver-based writer Eric Peterson is the author of Frommer's Colorado, Frommer's Montana & Wyoming, Frommer's Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks and the Ramble series of guidebooks, featuring first-person travelogues covering everything from atomic landmarks in New Mexico to celebrity gone wrong in Hollywood. Peterson has also recently written about backpacking in Yosemite, cross-country skiing in Yellowstone and downhill skiing in Colorado for such publications as Denver's Westword and The New York Daily News. He can be reached at Eptcb126@msn.com

Get more of our current issue | Subscribe to the magazine | Get our Free e-newsletter

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Archive »Related Articles

How the way you think can sabotage your success

A negative pattern of thinking and decision-making keeps a lot of us complacent, and stuck ― not to mention unfulfilled and less successful than we want to be.

Celebrating 529 plans on National College Savings Day

As the school year begins to end for some and National College Savings Day (5/29) fast approaching, now may be an opportune time to start thinking about college – particularly 529 college savings plans.

How Denver's Tejon Street came back to life

Over the years, Tejon Street went from a thriving streetcar hub with commercial centers and residences to a neglected neighborhood. But in the last decade, with about $100 million invested in the corridor, Tejon has bounced back.
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Thanks for contributing to our community-- please keep your comments in good taste and appropriate for our business professional readers.

Add your comment: