Why We Can Proudly Call Our Worm Manure
There’s a reason we call our Jocelyn's Soil Booster Worm Manure a "climate change fighting superhero" and it has a lot to do with how we make our worm castings product.
Wastenot Farms, the parent company to Jocelyn’s Soil Booster line of regenerative growing products, began as a way to address the large amounts of food waste going to landfill. Jocelyn founded Wastenot Farms while working for a waste management company; she recognized a need for commercial biotech solutions to efficiently process food waste, rather than the cheap ‘n easy option of sending it to landfill.
Since these early beginnings in 2013, Wastenot Farms and Jocelyn’s Soil Booster has embodied regenerative farming principles and practices, including sourcing local food waste for the worms, mixing this material with recycled wood chips from a local arborist, using recycled containers to hold our worms, and doing this all in a passive, straw-bale barn that is naturally kept warm by the sun.
What this means is that each bag of Jocelyn’s Soil Booster Worm Manure is climate positive. Climate positive is an easy way to convey that the amount of carbon removed from the atmosphere by production of a product is greater than the amount created by making that product. We know of no other worm castings product on the market that can make this claim.
While we talk a lot about the benefits to plant health and human health, our regenerative growing products also provide huge benefits to planetary health.
In 2021 we worked with a local food bank to keep 50,000 lbs of food waste out of landfill. That means that since our early beginning with one small worm bin, we've kept over 150,000 lbs food waste out of landfill. Feeding our worms food waste ensures a wide diversity of microbiology in the finished product and it means that each bag is contributing to strengthening a local, circular bio-economy that will serve as foundation for our planet's regenerative future.
Not only are we avoiding the methane gas that is produced when organic waste is sent to landfill, (methane is 25x more potent that carbon dioxide at trapping heat in the atmosphere), but the healthy soil microbes found in worm manure work with plants to draw additional carbon out of the atmosphere and lock it underground, where it safely belongs and won't contribute to climate change.
This ability for microbes to work with plants to store carbon in the soil long-term forms the basis for regenerative agriculture and the opportunity it offers to solve the climate crisis.
There’s a lot of goodness in each bag of Jocelyn’s Soil Booster Worm Manure. Good for you, your plants and our planet!