Hello! We are Cinthia and Andrew Miller, and we run a small Beachside Worm farm in Huntington Beach, Ca.. We produce and harvest worm castings (through a process known as vermicomposting)with the help of hundreds and thousands of little worm friends. These castings (erm…poop!) help our garden grow stronger and healthier and do the same for other people’s gardens too!
Our hope is to make organic, nutrient-filled worm castings available to people growing gardens of all sizes, and to bring awareness to not only the benefits of castings for plants but also the benefits of vermi-composting to the planet.
Starting a Garden
How did a family in a California beach town begin farming worms you might ask? Farming little wiggly creatures is not something we ever imagined we would be doing when we thought about family hobbies and adventures. But 3 years ago at the beginning of the COVID era, along with much of the world, we decided to give gardening a try.
We started with a little tomato plant, eventually graduated to a pepper plant, and then added some cucumbers and so on.
As our interest and joy grew in what was becoming a small garden, we were faced with the
challenge of dry clay dirt, empty of nutrients for our hungry plants.
How could we help turn this dirt into nutrient rich soil that would let our garden grow?
With many little ones running around the garden, picking tomatoes and snap peas from the vine, our solution also needed to be safe and chemical free.
Andrew, the navigator of this gardening journey, did as Andrew does and researched how to solve this problem. The answer? Worm Poop! Known as “garden gold,” worm poop, or castings, was the thing our plants would need.
Starting with a small bin and a hundred worms, we nurtured our worm babies and harvested their poop. Yes, we did get many raised eyebrows as we explained this new adventure to visiting friends and family. It was worth it!
We began to see the results we had hoped for. That gray sandy dirt slowly changed into rich dark soil from continually amending it with castings. More than just amending the soil, we also added it to our seed starts and our transplanted seedlings. All that worm poop did indeed help our garden grow.
Reaching Beyond the Garden
The benefits of our wormy friends, we realized, reached beyond the garden. We had discovered a way that we could not only help our garden but also meet a long standing desire to reduce our negative impact on the planet. All those food scraps that we had been throwing into trashcans and sending to landfills were now feeding our worms instead – and eventually feeding the flowers and food we would grow.
The results we were seeing in our garden, along with the positivity we felt from making use of our food waste, fueled our motivation to grow our small production of worms from a small bin, to a full system. Now, with Beachside Worms, we are helping others do what we did in our garden.