Last year we began to brainstorm ideas that would provide sustainable financial revenue to fund activities for our veterans.
One of our friends, a post-9/11 veteran, had an idea for us that he already implemented in Colorado–a social enterprise called vermicomposting. At first, it sounded crazy to us. It involves using food waste, which is converted through the worms’ specialized digestive system into a nutrient-rich fertilizer called vermicompost, or worm castings. This soil amendment nourishes and preserves our soil, already damaged and depleted due to the widespread use of synthetic fertilizers. In addition to the considerable environmental benefits, manufacturing and selling our product will provide the ideal employment milieu for our veterans.
Last November we started a test phase using worms and a small bin. We harvested several pounds of this fertilizer and shared free samples with some local growers, who gave us overwhelmingly positive feedback. One of them would buy 3 tons of our worm castings a year! Now we’re working on
implementing this program. Research, negotiations, meetings. . . several organizations will be involved. We’re proud to take everything to the next level and expand our presence in our community.
Update 05/22/2018: We are almost finishing our business plan and we are very thankful for the support from the City of Roseburg and Douglas County..