Vermicompost & Compost tea: Benefits and Technology of On-farm Use

Vermicompost is the end-product of the breakdown of organic matter and waste products by using some species of earthworm in a controlled environment. It is a nutrient-rich, natural fertilizer for a variety of applications from transplant potting medium to soil amendment and injection to foliar feeding. High quality vermicompost also contains viable earthworm cocoons that will grow into mature earthworms. Earthworms have various important roles in the soil ecosystem that contribute to crop productivity and quality, such as soil structure, water movement, nutrient dynamics, and plant growth.

  Larry Heiny   Larry Heiny is the Regional Manager for Black Star Organic Products, a vermicompost farm near Gainesville, Florida. He has worked as a project coordinator with Dr Robert Kluson of UF/IFAS Extension in Sarasota County for the past four years on programs involving farmers markets, community gardens, urban farming, local food systems, agroecological awareness, and sustainability in food desert communities. Now a small organic farmer in North Sarasota, his ongoing educational mission is to expand Community Awareness of organic systems, soil health and bio-diversity. Larry studied Architectural Design at the University of Florida and completed Urban Agriculture Certificate Courses through the UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County.

Larry Heiny

Larry Heiny is the Regional Manager for Black Star Organic Products, a vermicompost farm near Gainesville, Florida. He has worked as a project coordinator with Dr Robert Kluson of UF/IFAS Extension in Sarasota County for the past four years on programs involving farmers markets, community gardens, urban farming, local food systems, agroecological awareness, and sustainability in food desert communities. Now a small organic farmer in North Sarasota, his ongoing educational mission is to expand Community Awareness of organic systems, soil health and bio-diversity. Larry studied Architectural Design at the University of Florida and completed Urban Agriculture Certificate Courses through the UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County.