NC State Extension


Day 1: Saturday, November 10, 2018

9:15 a.m.
Registration (you must check in)
10:00 a.m. Conference Welcome Rhonda Sherman NC State University
Economics of Worm Farming: Revenue Model for Producing Vermicompost, Tea, and Compost Zach Brooks Arizona Worm Farm
Building a Vermicompost Business from the Ground Up Cristy Christie, Black Diamond VermiCompost
Lunch (provided)
Vermicompost Effects on Plant Growth, Suppression of Diseases and Pests Dr. Norman Arancon University of Hawaii-Hilo
On-Farm Large-Scale Continuous Flow-Through Vermicomposting in Turkey Dr. Ali Calikoglu Germina, Turkey
Create Designer Vermicompost to Improve Soil Ecosystems Heather Rinaldi Texas Worm Ranch
TV’s “Blue Collar Millionaires: A Whole Can of Worms” Star Shares Path to Success Mark Purser The Worm Farm
Building Massive Vermicomposting Operations in Mexico Dr. Francisco Niembro Aldea Verde
6:00 p.m. Conference adjourns for the day
6:30 Unsponsored networking social at Sammy’s Tap & Grill, 2235 Avent Ferry Road, Raleigh (1 mile from conference venue)

 Day 2: Sunday, November 11, 2018

9:15 a.m. Conference begins
Designing Continuous-Flow Worm Bin Systems Dan Lonowski, Michigan Soilworks
Pest and Disease Suppression Using Aqueous Extracts from Vermicompost (‘Teas’) Dr. Norman Arancon, University of Hawaii-Hilo
Adoption of Vermitechnologies in Organic Farming in the Philippines: Two Success Stories Dr. Marilou Ang Lopez, University of the Philippines Visayas
Lunch (provided)
Practical Advice for the New Entrepreneur: Creating, Selling & Succeeding in a Bootstrapped Business Steve Churchill Urban Worm Company 
The Sustainable Use of Earthworms to Expand Farmer Seafood Supplies and Vermi-Business Strategies and Pitfalls Dr. Rachel Tinker-Kuhlberg Aquaponic Food 4 Thought
Marketing Strategies for Selling Vermicompost Products Ron Alexander R. Alexander Associates
4:00 p.m. Conference presentation portion adjourns
4:15 p.m. Field Trip to Compost Learning Lab