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 Univ.

Vermicompost Effects on Plant Growth, Suppression of Diseases and Pests


Norman Arancon
Univ. Hawaii-Hilo
Lunch (provided)

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
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 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-Through Worm Bin Systems Dan Lonowski
Michigan SoilWorks
Pest and Disease Suppression Using Aqueous Extracts from Vermicompost (‘Teas’) Norman Arancon
Univ. Hawaii-Hilo
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-Kulberg 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 4000 Chi Road, Raleigh