Friday, April 15, 2011

Worm Factory Review and GIVEAWAY!

One of the best home management decisions I've made in the last five years by far has been my acquisition of a Worm Factory composter. I absolutely LOVE my Worm Factory. This week, thanks to the generosity of Nature's Footprint Inc (the makers of the Worm Factory) I get to help them give one Worm Factory 360 away to one of my blog readers for FREE! We all know that I am a fan of free. They have also generously offered Carissa's Creativity Space readers I discount for the next 2 weeks in case you didn't win. Read on, friends!


So why do I love my worm factory so much?
Really, I could go on an on about how much I dig the Worm Factory as a composting and waste reduction solution but here are some highlights of why I'm loving mine:
  • It doesn't stink - I keep mine in my pantry and if you were to visit my house, you would never know it's there unless I told you.
  • It's small. The footprint is only 18 x 18 inches - making it easy to keep in your pantry, under your sink, or other small space.
  • No need to sort out the worms! After initial set up, you'll never have to touch the worms again (unless, of course, you want to) because they've left behind their compost and moved into a higher tray.
  • Free compost for my garden and houseplants.
  • It's low maintenance: your worms will self-regulate their population based on how often you feed them.
  • Because it's small, the trays are small - and that means even when they are full they won't be heavy.
  • I can feed them my sensitive documents along with the food scraps - and they are securely destroyed.


How does It work?
If the idea of composting with worms (also known as vermicomposting) is new to you, basically you can feed your worms anything that was once living like fruit, veggies, paper, etc. The only things you do NOT want to feed them are meat, dairy, citrus and onions. Citrus is bad for them and while they CAN eat meat, dairy and onions, you don't want to be around to smell it while they do. Keep your worms happy by feeding them every so often and in just a couple months they will churn out a tray of awesome compost you can use to fertilize your plants. You don't need to stress about how often or how much you feed them because they will self regulate their population based on how much food they have. Mix in some shredded paper (a great way to destroy sensitive documents for good) and you've got happy self-regulated worms.

If you're interested in more info on how it works, you might want to check out this video. It's about three minutes long and it talks about the composting basics and how the Worm Factory is way cooler than a lot of standard methods:


Things I know you're wondering...
These are things I'm frequently asked about my Worm Factory. If you have any other questions, throw them in the comments with your e-mail address and I'll do my best to get back to you.

Does it really not stink?
It really doesn't stink. In fact, my husband was super resistant to us getting a Worm Factory because he was convinced it would smell bad. So I went out and bought it and set it up in my pantry. And told him about it a week later. He had no idea...because he couldn't smell it. In the last two years, mine has only started to smell once and it's because I fed the worms some garlic (I do not recommend doing this) and it smelled a little funky til the worms finished eating it. Other than that isolated incident that was totally my own fault? Totally funk free.

What if I don't have a huge garden for my compost?
If you live in a small space like we do, you might not be able to use all the compost your worms make if you feed them heavily. At the rate we feed the worms, it takes them a few months to make a full tray of compost and I don't feel overwhelmed by the output. If you were to ever find yourself with excess compost, you could easily give it away to a gardening friend or even sell it on Craigslist for a few bucks. Worm poop is a hot gardening commodity.

How much food can the worms eat?
As a general rule, worms will eat about half their body weight in food a day. So if you start with one pound of worms, they will eat about 1/2 pound of food a day. As you feed them more, though, the population will increase and they will self-regulate to how much food you feed them
Giveaway Time!
So I know you guys are totally chomping at the bit to get your hands on your own Worm Factory so let's cut to the chase. The winner will get a brand new Worm Factory 360 courtesy of Nature's Footprint. It includes a DVD, instruction book, tools, and everything you need to get started minus the worms (if you need help finding local worms, we can help with that!).


**Here's How to Enter**
(AKA the required entry method)
Step 1: "Like" the Worm Factory on Facebook
Step 2: Come back here and leave a comment telling me you're their newest fan.
(make sure to include your name as it appears on facebook [for verification] and your e-mail address so we can contact you if you win. If you do not leave your e-mail I will make every effort to contact you but I'd hate for you to miss out on your prize because I couldn't reach you)

Get Bonus Entries
You can also earn bonus entries for doing any or all of the following. After you do each one, leave a separate comment letting me know which thing you did to earn your bonus entry. Don't forget your e-mail so I have a way to contact the lucky winner!
  • TWEET about this contest on Twitter with a link back to this blogpost. Write your own text or just copy mine. Suggested text might look like:
    Enter to win a @WormFactory in the giveaway from Carissa's Creativity Space (@Carissa_Marie). #Giveaway open til 04/25 http://ow.ly/4BUbA
  • FOLLOW @Worm Factory on Twitter
  • POST about this giveaway on facebook with a link back to this post.
  • BLOG about this giveaway with a link back to this post. (include permalink to your post in the comments)
  • SUBSCRIBE to Carissa's Creativity Space via e-mail or with Feedburner (or let me know if you already do)
  • FOLLOW ME @Carissa_Marie on Twitter


ALSO: Exclusive discount for blog readers!
Don't want to wait for the contest to end to get your own Worm Factory 360? Just want to buy it now and have it show up on your doorstep? Celebrate Earth Day by making a step in a sustainable direction. Nature's Footprint is offering Creativity Space readers an exclusive discount.  If you're interested in purchasing your own Worm Factory 360, Original Worm Factory, or UrBin Grower, (or really anything that's available on the Nature's Footprint website) head over to the site to place your order.  Use coupon code "carissa" to get a 10% discount. Discount code will be good from April 15-29, 2011...so you can even wait to see if you're a winner first before purchasing if you'd like.


Other Contest Details and Small Print
  • Entries can be received until 11:59pm Pacific Time on April 25, 2011.
  • Contest is for those able to have their Worm Factory 360 shipped to an address in the United States.
  • Nature's Footprint must gain at least 50 new facebook fans during contest period in order for giveaway to happen.
  • Winner will be chosen using the random number generator at random.org.
  • Winner will have 72 hours to respond after being contacted via e-mail in order to claim prize. If initial winner does not respond, an alternate winner will be chosen.
  • I have no official affiliation with Nature's Footprint and have not been compensated for sharing my honest thoughts about their product. My enthusiasm and love for my Worm Factory is genuine and based on two years of experience as an exceptionally satisfied Worm Factory owner.
  • Worm Factory 360 and discount for Carissa's Creativity Space readers generously provided by Nature's Footprint.

103 comments:

  1. Okay! I am their newest fan! :-) Hope I win it! - Kathie

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  2. I liked the Worm Factory. It is very cool!
    ~Jenn

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  3. Love this!
    1) I just liked the Worm Factory Facebook page.

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  4. 3) Posted a blog about this giveaway: http://maygodbeglorifiedtoday.blogspot.com/

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  5. Newest Facebook fan. It looks really cool!

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  6. Subscribed by email to your blog, I always seem to miss when you blog and I really like the things you blog about too. :)

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  7. And last (you'd think I wanted to have a better chance at winning or something) I just Shared it on Facebook.

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  8. 4) I subscribe to Carissa's Creativity Space

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  9. I liked The Worm Factory on FB.
    Sarah Mahar
    elliemahar at gmail dot com

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  10. Posted about it on FB!
    This is a really sweet giveaway, lady! I didn't know these guys were out of Bellingham--that makes them even cooler!

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  11. I am Worm Factory's latest fan. We've tried making our own worm bins to no avail. I would LOVE to win this worm factory as my friend has one and it is fabulous. My email is taliesin3atcomcastdotnet.

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  12. Posted a link to my blog. http://www.secularcm.com/apps/blog/show/6726423-worm-factory-giveaway- . My email is taliesin3atcomcastdotnet.

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  13. Yay! Fun giveaway Carissa! kmagill1212 at gmail dot com

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  14. Posted a link on FB and followed Worm Factory on Twitter (should only count as one entry though because I accidentally put an extra one at the top)

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  15. Just followed you on Twitter! :-)

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  16. Yo...I am their newest fan.
    Joshua Mahar
    joshuamahar at gmail dot com

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  17. I'm a fan!
    I really want one so I'll be back...:)

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  18. I followed @wormfactory (wow they are almost local to me cool!)

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  19. I followed you to Carissa! (mommyknitsjen) I found you because someone retweeted the video of your "cleaning crew" I laughed so hard! I needed that for my son now 10, he never did crawl "normally".

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  20. Oh I so just liked that! MamaMay on Ravelry!

    I am Elizabeth May on Facebook.

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  21. that looks really interesting. I'm their newest fan. Also subscribed to your blog because it looks interesting too.
    I'm squiggi on ravelry

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  22. Love it! and love worm composting

    Irene Skrybailo on Facebook

    worm_ct at yahoo dot com

    (yes I like worm composting THAT MUCH)

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  23. 1)I "liked" The Worm Factory on Facebook! I didn't know about them, and they're even right here in Washington!

    Stacie Chamberlin Collier

    staciecollier at gmail dot com

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  24. 2)I'm following @wormfactory on Twitter!

    @loopholestacie

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  25. 4) I've subscribed to your blog. w00t! I'm always on the lookout for interesting new blogs to follow.

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  26. These are SO cool!

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  27. I'm the latest fan on Facebook! Please let me win! I really, REALLY want one!

    Astrid afKlinteberg

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  28. This is the best giveaway I've ever tried to win. Even better than yarn! Yes, I said it. I'm moving somewhere where there will be more land for gardening and I've been researching composters. This would be perfect.

    I've Liked the Worm Factory on Facebook.

    chia - munkiknits @ yahoo.com

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  29. Following Nature's Footprint on Twitter.

    Chia - munkiknits @ yahoo.com

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  30. Subscribed to your blog.

    Chia - munkiknits @ yahoo. com

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  31. Following you on Twitter. Yay!

    Chia - munkiknits @ yahoo .com

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  32. Ok, so I've Tweeted and posted (Twitter and Facebook, respectively); I'm following you and the Worms on Twitter and I've signed up for your e-mails. Pleeeeeeeeease let me win ;)

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  33. I have liked the worm factory on facebook :)

    JoyceAnna D'Alessandro

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  34. I have also subscribed to your feed.

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  35. Just liked The Worm Factory on Facebook! (Username: Kara Hobbs)
    e-mail kara [dot] a [dot] hobbs [at] gmail [dot] com

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  36. Just liked The Worm Factory.
    Most interesting and I'd love to get one.

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  37. "liked' the worm factory -- this looks like a very sturdy design.

    Stephannie Tallent on facebook

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  38. Wandering over from Ravelry :) Just became their newest fan, I can be found under "Steph Skinner"

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  39. I like The Worm Factory on FB (as Lindsey Ross)

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  40. I just liked the Worm Factory on FB (as Megan Bayonet).

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  41. Well, I'm a friend of theirs on FB. jeffsbutts@gmail.com

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  42. I now follow The Worm Factory on Facebook!

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  43. I tweeted about the giveaway! @MissMelissaZ

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  44. I never win this kind of stuff, but it's never stopped me from trying! I liked on facebook, and here's my I'm their newest fan post :D Now, to check out the rest of your site...

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  45. Suzy Sholar is the newest fan of The Worm Factory on Facebook. Funniest thing is that she's been itching to start a worm-composting set up these past two weeks or so (must be the gardening bug that is in the air!)

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  46. Suzy Sholar just posted on Facebook with a link back to this giveaway. It would be a fun one to win, and quite timely! :D

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  47. I posted a like on my facebook page.

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  48. Liked on Facebook the worm factory page. They're up to 116.

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  49. Shared on Facebook your link to this blog post to my friends who garden.

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  50. I am a fan now. I have wanted one of these for a long time but haven't opened my wallet for one so FREE would be really good.

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  51. I subscribed to Carissa's Creativity Space via e-mail now I won't have to link off of Facebook :-)

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  52. Oh yes! I liked Worm Factory. I would so love one of these - living in the city makes composting a little more challenging!

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  53. this composter is so Awesome! I like Worm Factory on FB (Jennifer Carmichael Nitzky)
    jcarmich5 at aol.com

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  54. I tweeted: http://twitter.com/sprout5/status/61960771445329920
    jcarmich5 at aol.com

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  55. I already follow you on twitter (@sprout5)
    jcarmich5 at aol.com

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  56. I now follow @wormfactory on twitter (@sprout5)
    jcarmich5 at aol.com

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  57. I had a Worm Factory and the worms never all went up. A lot of them stayed in the bottom tray and I ended up having to separate them. How do you get yours to all move up so that you don't have to separate them. Also the bottom tray started to smell because it was so squished that it started to become anaerobic. And a lot of worms migrated to the very bottom where the leachate collected.

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  58. Hi, Sandie. Great questions.

    The worms should move on once they run out of stuff to eat. I wonder if you needed to let them hang out longer in the bottom tray to finish eating what was down there? Also, when I add trays, I make sure I put the new food right against the bottom without paper in between so they know where to go.

    When I add new food, I also put a handful or two or shredded paper on top. This keeps out bugs like fruit flies and I think helps keep the aerobic nature of the tray going.

    I'm not sure what would cause the worms to migrate down to where the leachate collects. I've had a couple stragglers fall in but this is not a problem I have experienced myself.

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  59. I just tweeted: http://twitter.com/sprout5/status/62177651376394240
    jcarmich5 at aol.com

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  60. Hi Carissa,

    It seems that the worms never run out of stuff to eat. After I have separated them I have kept the compost for 6 months(because it was winter) and invariably I miss worms or cocoons and they hang out in what was supposedly finished compost seemingly just as happy as can be and growing.

    Does your bottom tray end up very mushy and mudlike?

    Sandie Anne

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  61. My bottom tray does get mushy and mud like. When I take out the bottom trays to harvest the compost, I usually let it sit on top of my dry dirt bin in my garage for a couple days to let it dry out a little before mixing it into the soil

    Another trick I've heard to get the worms to self sort if you run into the issue you have described is this: When you take the bottom try of finished compost out, put it on top of the worm factory and leave the lid off. Put it somewhere with the lights turned on. The worms should migrate downward to get out of the light and back into the working trays where you want them.

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  62. I've tried worm composting before in a small clear container. It worked fairly well but this looks awesome! I'd love to have worms and their amazing dirt at my home! I'm a fan on Facebook Michelle McCoy
    mmccoy@trekaroo.com

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  63. I tweeted about this great giveaway. @mcfamaroo mmccoy@trekaroo.com

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  64. I follow @wormfactory on Twitter. @mcfamaroo mmccoy@trekaroo.com

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  65. I follow @carissa_marie on Twitter. @mcfamaroo mmccoy@trekaroo.com

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  66. I "liked" the worm factory on FB @Rachele Reyna
    rachelereyna@gmail.com

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  67. I tweeted about this contest rachelereyna@gmail.com

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  68. I am following worm factory on twitter rachelereyna@gmail.com

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  69. I posted this contest on FB @Rachele Reyna rachelereyna@gmail.com

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  70. I follow you on twitter rachelereyna@gmail.com

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  71. Another fan! Tiffanybrenner@gmail.com

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  72. Yay for worms! I am your latest fan on facebook. :) eala_ban at yahoo dot com

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  73. And, I posted about it on my facebook profile, linking back to this page, so this is my second entry. :)

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  74. i have had this bookmarked for so long! My birthday was earth day and i so wanted this, along with a new strawberry bed ... but it was that or a puppy...

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  75. Hi Carissa,

    I had an old Worm Factory. I see that a lot of them are still for sale on the internet. I wonder if that is why a lot of my worms ended up in the drainage tray in search of more oxygen.

    How many trays do you use? Do you ever notice that the bottom tray with worm castings starts to smell because it is going anaerobic? My bottom tray used to smell and I had to take apart the Worm Factory to mix it up, add paper and oxygenate it.

    Thanks,
    Sandie Anne

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  76. I have a 3 bin system though I've been thinking about adding a fourth tray.

    Back when I fed the worms all our egg shells (we've since stopped doing this), I did find that when I went to harvest the compost that the bottom tray had kind of a sulfur smell. Other than harvest time, though, I couldn't smell it.

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Worm Factory Review and GIVEAWAY!

One of the best home management decisions I've made in the last five years by far has been my acquisition of a Worm Factory composter. I absolutely LOVE my Worm Factory. This week, thanks to the generosity of Nature's Footprint Inc (the makers of the Worm Factory) I get to help them give one Worm Factory 360 away to one of my blog readers for FREE! We all know that I am a fan of free. They have also generously offered Carissa's Creativity Space readers I discount for the next 2 weeks in case you didn't win. Read on, friends!


So why do I love my worm factory so much?
Really, I could go on an on about how much I dig the Worm Factory as a composting and waste reduction solution but here are some highlights of why I'm loving mine:
  • It doesn't stink - I keep mine in my pantry and if you were to visit my house, you would never know it's there unless I told you.
  • It's small. The footprint is only 18 x 18 inches - making it easy to keep in your pantry, under your sink, or other small space.
  • No need to sort out the worms! After initial set up, you'll never have to touch the worms again (unless, of course, you want to) because they've left behind their compost and moved into a higher tray.
  • Free compost for my garden and houseplants.
  • It's low maintenance: your worms will self-regulate their population based on how often you feed them.
  • Because it's small, the trays are small - and that means even when they are full they won't be heavy.
  • I can feed them my sensitive documents along with the food scraps - and they are securely destroyed.


How does It work?
If the idea of composting with worms (also known as vermicomposting) is new to you, basically you can feed your worms anything that was once living like fruit, veggies, paper, etc. The only things you do NOT want to feed them are meat, dairy, citrus and onions. Citrus is bad for them and while they CAN eat meat, dairy and onions, you don't want to be around to smell it while they do. Keep your worms happy by feeding them every so often and in just a couple months they will churn out a tray of awesome compost you can use to fertilize your plants. You don't need to stress about how often or how much you feed them because they will self regulate their population based on how much food they have. Mix in some shredded paper (a great way to destroy sensitive documents for good) and you've got happy self-regulated worms.

If you're interested in more info on how it works, you might want to check out this video. It's about three minutes long and it talks about the composting basics and how the Worm Factory is way cooler than a lot of standard methods:


Things I know you're wondering...
These are things I'm frequently asked about my Worm Factory. If you have any other questions, throw them in the comments with your e-mail address and I'll do my best to get back to you.

Does it really not stink?
It really doesn't stink. In fact, my husband was super resistant to us getting a Worm Factory because he was convinced it would smell bad. So I went out and bought it and set it up in my pantry. And told him about it a week later. He had no idea...because he couldn't smell it. In the last two years, mine has only started to smell once and it's because I fed the worms some garlic (I do not recommend doing this) and it smelled a little funky til the worms finished eating it. Other than that isolated incident that was totally my own fault? Totally funk free.

What if I don't have a huge garden for my compost?
If you live in a small space like we do, you might not be able to use all the compost your worms make if you feed them heavily. At the rate we feed the worms, it takes them a few months to make a full tray of compost and I don't feel overwhelmed by the output. If you were to ever find yourself with excess compost, you could easily give it away to a gardening friend or even sell it on Craigslist for a few bucks. Worm poop is a hot gardening commodity.

How much food can the worms eat?
As a general rule, worms will eat about half their body weight in food a day. So if you start with one pound of worms, they will eat about 1/2 pound of food a day. As you feed them more, though, the population will increase and they will self-regulate to how much food you feed them
Giveaway Time!
So I know you guys are totally chomping at the bit to get your hands on your own Worm Factory so let's cut to the chase. The winner will get a brand new Worm Factory 360 courtesy of Nature's Footprint. It includes a DVD, instruction book, tools, and everything you need to get started minus the worms (if you need help finding local worms, we can help with that!).


**Here's How to Enter**
(AKA the required entry method)
Step 1: "Like" the Worm Factory on Facebook
Step 2: Come back here and leave a comment telling me you're their newest fan.
(make sure to include your name as it appears on facebook [for verification] and your e-mail address so we can contact you if you win. If you do not leave your e-mail I will make every effort to contact you but I'd hate for you to miss out on your prize because I couldn't reach you)

Get Bonus Entries
You can also earn bonus entries for doing any or all of the following. After you do each one, leave a separate comment letting me know which thing you did to earn your bonus entry. Don't forget your e-mail so I have a way to contact the lucky winner!
  • TWEET about this contest on Twitter with a link back to this blogpost. Write your own text or just copy mine. Suggested text might look like:
    Enter to win a @WormFactory in the giveaway from Carissa's Creativity Space (@Carissa_Marie). #Giveaway open til 04/25 http://ow.ly/4BUbA
  • FOLLOW @Worm Factory on Twitter
  • POST about this giveaway on facebook with a link back to this post.
  • BLOG about this giveaway with a link back to this post. (include permalink to your post in the comments)
  • SUBSCRIBE to Carissa's Creativity Space via e-mail or with Feedburner (or let me know if you already do)
  • FOLLOW ME @Carissa_Marie on Twitter


ALSO: Exclusive discount for blog readers!
Don't want to wait for the contest to end to get your own Worm Factory 360? Just want to buy it now and have it show up on your doorstep? Celebrate Earth Day by making a step in a sustainable direction. Nature's Footprint is offering Creativity Space readers an exclusive discount.  If you're interested in purchasing your own Worm Factory 360, Original Worm Factory, or UrBin Grower, (or really anything that's available on the Nature's Footprint website) head over to the site to place your order.  Use coupon code "carissa" to get a 10% discount. Discount code will be good from April 15-29, 2011...so you can even wait to see if you're a winner first before purchasing if you'd like.


Other Contest Details and Small Print
  • Entries can be received until 11:59pm Pacific Time on April 25, 2011.
  • Contest is for those able to have their Worm Factory 360 shipped to an address in the United States.
  • Nature's Footprint must gain at least 50 new facebook fans during contest period in order for giveaway to happen.
  • Winner will be chosen using the random number generator at random.org.
  • Winner will have 72 hours to respond after being contacted via e-mail in order to claim prize. If initial winner does not respond, an alternate winner will be chosen.
  • I have no official affiliation with Nature's Footprint and have not been compensated for sharing my honest thoughts about their product. My enthusiasm and love for my Worm Factory is genuine and based on two years of experience as an exceptionally satisfied Worm Factory owner.
  • Worm Factory 360 and discount for Carissa's Creativity Space readers generously provided by Nature's Footprint.

103 comments:

  1. Okay! I am their newest fan! :-) Hope I win it! - Kathie

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  2. I liked the Worm Factory. It is very cool!
    ~Jenn

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  3. Love this!
    1) I just liked the Worm Factory Facebook page.

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  4. 3) Posted a blog about this giveaway: http://maygodbeglorifiedtoday.blogspot.com/

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  5. Newest Facebook fan. It looks really cool!

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  6. Subscribed by email to your blog, I always seem to miss when you blog and I really like the things you blog about too. :)

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  7. And last (you'd think I wanted to have a better chance at winning or something) I just Shared it on Facebook.

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  8. 4) I subscribe to Carissa's Creativity Space

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  9. I liked The Worm Factory on FB.
    Sarah Mahar
    elliemahar at gmail dot com

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  10. Posted about it on FB!
    This is a really sweet giveaway, lady! I didn't know these guys were out of Bellingham--that makes them even cooler!

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  11. I am Worm Factory's latest fan. We've tried making our own worm bins to no avail. I would LOVE to win this worm factory as my friend has one and it is fabulous. My email is taliesin3atcomcastdotnet.

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  12. Posted a link to my blog. http://www.secularcm.com/apps/blog/show/6726423-worm-factory-giveaway- . My email is taliesin3atcomcastdotnet.

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  13. Yay! Fun giveaway Carissa! kmagill1212 at gmail dot com

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  14. Posted a link on FB and followed Worm Factory on Twitter (should only count as one entry though because I accidentally put an extra one at the top)

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  15. Just followed you on Twitter! :-)

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  16. Yo...I am their newest fan.
    Joshua Mahar
    joshuamahar at gmail dot com

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  17. I'm a fan!
    I really want one so I'll be back...:)

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  18. I followed @wormfactory (wow they are almost local to me cool!)

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  19. I followed you to Carissa! (mommyknitsjen) I found you because someone retweeted the video of your "cleaning crew" I laughed so hard! I needed that for my son now 10, he never did crawl "normally".

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  20. Oh I so just liked that! MamaMay on Ravelry!

    I am Elizabeth May on Facebook.

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  21. that looks really interesting. I'm their newest fan. Also subscribed to your blog because it looks interesting too.
    I'm squiggi on ravelry

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  22. Love it! and love worm composting

    Irene Skrybailo on Facebook

    worm_ct at yahoo dot com

    (yes I like worm composting THAT MUCH)

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  23. 1)I "liked" The Worm Factory on Facebook! I didn't know about them, and they're even right here in Washington!

    Stacie Chamberlin Collier

    staciecollier at gmail dot com

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  24. 2)I'm following @wormfactory on Twitter!

    @loopholestacie

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  25. 4) I've subscribed to your blog. w00t! I'm always on the lookout for interesting new blogs to follow.

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  26. These are SO cool!

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  27. I'm the latest fan on Facebook! Please let me win! I really, REALLY want one!

    Astrid afKlinteberg

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  28. This is the best giveaway I've ever tried to win. Even better than yarn! Yes, I said it. I'm moving somewhere where there will be more land for gardening and I've been researching composters. This would be perfect.

    I've Liked the Worm Factory on Facebook.

    chia - munkiknits @ yahoo.com

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  29. Following Nature's Footprint on Twitter.

    Chia - munkiknits @ yahoo.com

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  30. Subscribed to your blog.

    Chia - munkiknits @ yahoo. com

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  31. Following you on Twitter. Yay!

    Chia - munkiknits @ yahoo .com

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  32. Ok, so I've Tweeted and posted (Twitter and Facebook, respectively); I'm following you and the Worms on Twitter and I've signed up for your e-mails. Pleeeeeeeeease let me win ;)

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  33. I have liked the worm factory on facebook :)

    JoyceAnna D'Alessandro

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  34. I have also subscribed to your feed.

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  35. Just liked The Worm Factory on Facebook! (Username: Kara Hobbs)
    e-mail kara [dot] a [dot] hobbs [at] gmail [dot] com

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  36. Just liked The Worm Factory.
    Most interesting and I'd love to get one.

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  37. "liked' the worm factory -- this looks like a very sturdy design.

    Stephannie Tallent on facebook

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  38. Wandering over from Ravelry :) Just became their newest fan, I can be found under "Steph Skinner"

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  39. I like The Worm Factory on FB (as Lindsey Ross)

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  40. I just liked the Worm Factory on FB (as Megan Bayonet).

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  41. Well, I'm a friend of theirs on FB. jeffsbutts@gmail.com

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  42. I now follow The Worm Factory on Facebook!

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  43. I tweeted about the giveaway! @MissMelissaZ

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  44. I never win this kind of stuff, but it's never stopped me from trying! I liked on facebook, and here's my I'm their newest fan post :D Now, to check out the rest of your site...

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  45. Suzy Sholar is the newest fan of The Worm Factory on Facebook. Funniest thing is that she's been itching to start a worm-composting set up these past two weeks or so (must be the gardening bug that is in the air!)

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  46. Suzy Sholar just posted on Facebook with a link back to this giveaway. It would be a fun one to win, and quite timely! :D

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  47. I posted a like on my facebook page.

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  48. Liked on Facebook the worm factory page. They're up to 116.

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  49. Shared on Facebook your link to this blog post to my friends who garden.

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  50. I am a fan now. I have wanted one of these for a long time but haven't opened my wallet for one so FREE would be really good.

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  51. I subscribed to Carissa's Creativity Space via e-mail now I won't have to link off of Facebook :-)

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  52. Oh yes! I liked Worm Factory. I would so love one of these - living in the city makes composting a little more challenging!

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  53. this composter is so Awesome! I like Worm Factory on FB (Jennifer Carmichael Nitzky)
    jcarmich5 at aol.com

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  54. I tweeted: http://twitter.com/sprout5/status/61960771445329920
    jcarmich5 at aol.com

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  55. I already follow you on twitter (@sprout5)
    jcarmich5 at aol.com

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  56. I now follow @wormfactory on twitter (@sprout5)
    jcarmich5 at aol.com

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  57. I had a Worm Factory and the worms never all went up. A lot of them stayed in the bottom tray and I ended up having to separate them. How do you get yours to all move up so that you don't have to separate them. Also the bottom tray started to smell because it was so squished that it started to become anaerobic. And a lot of worms migrated to the very bottom where the leachate collected.

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  58. Hi, Sandie. Great questions.

    The worms should move on once they run out of stuff to eat. I wonder if you needed to let them hang out longer in the bottom tray to finish eating what was down there? Also, when I add trays, I make sure I put the new food right against the bottom without paper in between so they know where to go.

    When I add new food, I also put a handful or two or shredded paper on top. This keeps out bugs like fruit flies and I think helps keep the aerobic nature of the tray going.

    I'm not sure what would cause the worms to migrate down to where the leachate collects. I've had a couple stragglers fall in but this is not a problem I have experienced myself.

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  59. I just tweeted: http://twitter.com/sprout5/status/62177651376394240
    jcarmich5 at aol.com

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  60. Hi Carissa,

    It seems that the worms never run out of stuff to eat. After I have separated them I have kept the compost for 6 months(because it was winter) and invariably I miss worms or cocoons and they hang out in what was supposedly finished compost seemingly just as happy as can be and growing.

    Does your bottom tray end up very mushy and mudlike?

    Sandie Anne

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  61. My bottom tray does get mushy and mud like. When I take out the bottom trays to harvest the compost, I usually let it sit on top of my dry dirt bin in my garage for a couple days to let it dry out a little before mixing it into the soil

    Another trick I've heard to get the worms to self sort if you run into the issue you have described is this: When you take the bottom try of finished compost out, put it on top of the worm factory and leave the lid off. Put it somewhere with the lights turned on. The worms should migrate downward to get out of the light and back into the working trays where you want them.

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  62. I've tried worm composting before in a small clear container. It worked fairly well but this looks awesome! I'd love to have worms and their amazing dirt at my home! I'm a fan on Facebook Michelle McCoy
    mmccoy@trekaroo.com

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  63. I tweeted about this great giveaway. @mcfamaroo mmccoy@trekaroo.com

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  64. I follow @wormfactory on Twitter. @mcfamaroo mmccoy@trekaroo.com

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  65. I follow @carissa_marie on Twitter. @mcfamaroo mmccoy@trekaroo.com

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  66. I "liked" the worm factory on FB @Rachele Reyna
    rachelereyna@gmail.com

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  67. I tweeted about this contest rachelereyna@gmail.com

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  68. I am following worm factory on twitter rachelereyna@gmail.com

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  69. I posted this contest on FB @Rachele Reyna rachelereyna@gmail.com

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  70. I follow you on twitter rachelereyna@gmail.com

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  71. Another fan! Tiffanybrenner@gmail.com

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  72. Yay for worms! I am your latest fan on facebook. :) eala_ban at yahoo dot com

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  73. And, I posted about it on my facebook profile, linking back to this page, so this is my second entry. :)

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  74. i have had this bookmarked for so long! My birthday was earth day and i so wanted this, along with a new strawberry bed ... but it was that or a puppy...

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  75. Hi Carissa,

    I had an old Worm Factory. I see that a lot of them are still for sale on the internet. I wonder if that is why a lot of my worms ended up in the drainage tray in search of more oxygen.

    How many trays do you use? Do you ever notice that the bottom tray with worm castings starts to smell because it is going anaerobic? My bottom tray used to smell and I had to take apart the Worm Factory to mix it up, add paper and oxygenate it.

    Thanks,
    Sandie Anne

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  76. I have a 3 bin system though I've been thinking about adding a fourth tray.

    Back when I fed the worms all our egg shells (we've since stopped doing this), I did find that when I went to harvest the compost that the bottom tray had kind of a sulfur smell. Other than harvest time, though, I couldn't smell it.

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