Organic Noni Farm
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Waste is a tricky part of the sustainability puzzle, but it’s one we need to get a handle on as we continue to deplete our planet of finite resources. We all know we’re supposed to recycle metal, glass, paper, plastic, and cardboard. But what about kitchen scraps?
As an organic farmer for over 40 years, all I am doing is mimicking what nature has done for millennium in the forest floor. Leaves fall on the ground creating a cool dark home for worms that make top soil through their worm castings. Research has shown that one 5 gallon bucket of worm castings will bring back a whole acre of depleted land — imagine what it can do for your backyard garden and indoor plants!
Worms thrive on the “three D’s”: dampness, darkness, and dinner. The practice of vermiculture accelerates the decomposition of composting materials, and their excrement becomes a natural soil fertilizer. The enhanced soil provides organic farmers like the folks at Hawaiian Organic Noni the ability to sustainably produce noni fruit leather and a variety of noni lotions.
If you’re looking for an easy system you can buy and set up, check out this option from Nature’s Footprint. Ask around at your local farmer’s market for worms, which may be better suited to the unique environmental challenges where you live. If you strike out, buying worms online should be fine.
On our farm, we have tons of wild worms in the soil, but we also farm worms. We simply put the worms in a closed environment and let them do what they do in nature, just on a larger scale. They break down food scraps and other compostables by digesting them. We then collect the “castings” (aka worm poop) which is rich in nutrients. Worm castings are a very concentrated organic soil builder and fertilizer. A small amount goes a very long way- we apply 1-2 cups per noni tree per year with outstanding results!