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Meet our Little Buddies

Here at Little Buddies, we use Eisenia fetida (eye-SEN-ee-ah FEH-tid-ah) AKA Red Wiggler's or Tiger worms for our worm farm practices. Of the over 9000 known breeds of worms, Eisenia fetida are best suited for Vermicomposting practices and for the climate in New Zealand and the Waikato. Here are some interesting facts about our little friends. Learning more about these composting worms may help you look after your home worm farm, and get better results. We find the below works very well for...

March 3, 2022

How our Worm Farming practices solve multiple problems at once

The more we work with the community and businesses to improve their waste reduction and management processes, the more excited we become about solving food waste processing through worm farms.  It turns out that our worm farm operation solves many pressing environmental issues, and we are excited to share this journey with you. Processing food and green waste via hot composting and worm farming practices rapidly returns nutrients, carbon and organic matter to the soil. This greatly reduces ...

February 22, 2022

Debunking the "Worm Wees" Myth

Every time we strike up a conversation around our worm farming practices, folks will excitedly tell us about how keen they are for some "worm wees" and we then educate folks on how worm farms work and what liquids can come from worm farming, which ones are good, and which ones are not....

January 20, 2022

2021 Recap and 2022 Goals

2021 Recap What a year its been. In 2021 we started the mission to "Divert organic waste from landfill and return it to the land via worm farms and environmentally responsible processes". We started a pilot program in Feb 2021, and by the end of the year had diverted around 15,000 litres of organic matter from landfill. This is a great start on the journey, and we have learned a lot about our Little Buddies and how worm farms can play a critical role in processing waste quickly and efficiently a...

January 13, 2022

The #1 reason your worm farm fails

Why is my worm farm dying? We've all been there. You have a worm farm, and feel super great that you're doing your part to save the planet. But pretty soon you end up with a dead worm farm, and big smelly disgusting mess to clean up. The main reason your farm may be struggling is over feeding. If you are feeding your worms fresh waste from your kitchen (which is what most home worm farm operators do), it is important to realise that worms don't actually eat your waste. The waste needs to break d...

December 21, 2021

Carbon Sequestration

It is well known that soil organic matter (SOM) include improves soil quality through: increased retention of water and nutrientsimproved soil structure which helps reduce erosion These improvements to soil conditions result in improved groundwater and surface waster quality, and improved biodiversity in soils. Ultimately these sum up to increased food security and decreased negative impacts to ecosystems. That's a fancy way of saying that returning carbon to the soil is a good thing. Norma...

December 15, 2021

Do You Sell Vermicast or Worm Tea?

Do you sell your vermicast/worm tea? Soon! We are as excited about providing high quality worm castings to the Waikato public as you are; diverting waste from landfill and returning those nutrients to the soil is why Little Buddies was formed in the first place! In order to provide worm tea and vermicast to the public in Cambridge, Hamilton and surrounding areas in the Waikato, we have a few more processes to complete before we are ready to go. These processes will ensure that you are receiving ...

December 1, 2021

Your Compost Could Be Killing Your Garden

If your plants are starting to show twisted, stunted growth and you're not sure why, you may be killing them with kindness. For many years, the idea of adding manure or compost to your garden has been widely considered a good thing to do. It adds organic matter to the soil, and adds valuable biology and nutrients to your garden. Sounds great right? What you may not be aware of, however, is that manure can be laced with compounds and chemicals which will kill your garden. These chemicals come fro...

November 18, 2021

Windrows vs Continuous Flow Reactors

There are many ways that vermiculture can be managed. The simplest of these methods is known as windrowing. Organic matter is laid in rows, typically around 1.5 meters wide, and about half a meter high, allowing them to be covered by a 2m wide cover if required. Windrows require no extra machinery to operate, however they do take up a fair amount of space - great if you have the land, but problematic if you do not. Windrows are that placed out doors can suffer from temperature and rainfall fluct...

November 4, 2021

On Site Waste Processing

Large producers of waste often prefer to truck their waste off site to be processed at central facilities. While this may seem attractive, as it gets the waste off your land and out of sight, we prefer to work with you to process waste on site. There are many reasons for this, the primary reason being that we want to keep nutrients local. If you are a stud, dairy farm, orchard or commercial garden, we want to keep your nutrients and return them to your soil. We add to this mix our own comme...

October 25, 2021

Why Worm Farming?

We believe that a combination of Hot Composting (also known as thermophilic composting) and worm farming is the most efficient means of breaking down organic waste and returning it to the soil. Hot composting provides a rapid means of breaking down organic matter. With the right balances of input materials, decomposition occurs relatively quickly, and generates significant amounts of heat. This heat can kill off seeds and many pathogens that can exist in waste material. The down side to hot comp...

October 7, 2021

Commercially Compostable Materials

Do you process commercially compostable materials? Yes and No. Commercially Compostable Materials (CCMs) are a bit of a grey area; there is no standard to which CCMs are held, so there isn't a clear definition as to what they are, how they are made, and most importantly how they are degraded under commercial composting conditions, what impacts there are when this occurs, and under what timeframe this decomposition should occur (technically, concrete is compostable given the right conditions and ...

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