Worm Farm Tour
We have many requests for a full Worm Farm tour, unfortunately, we do not offer tours.
Here is a link to an episode of Growing a Greener World that offers an overview of the operations.
Here is a special farm tour featured on Eye on the Bay
You can take a visual tour of the gardens and vineyard below.
There are two gardens on the worm farm. A smaller garden formed in a circular shaped is planted with herbs; basil, sage, oregano & thyme.
There are also many tomatoes plants including cherry and heirloom varietals.
The larger garden area, once, former worm beds is now planted with a colorful mingling of dahlias, gladiolas, zinnias, sunflowers, poppies, amaranth, and other favorites along with veggies which include peppers, garlic, onions, shallots, squash, cucumbers, chard, kale, asparagus, eggplant, broccoli, cabbage, pumpkins, cauliflower and rhubarb, as well as our year round tasty Yukon gold potatoes.
The Vineyard was planted in 2002 with two clones of Syrah. Their rootstock was grown in Napa using vermicompost from Sonoma Valley Worm Farm. Once the vines were ready for planting we used one cup of vermicompost for every vine. We placed the vermicompost directly into the hole at planting.
At the time we planted our vines, other vineyards were losing about 20% of their vines the first year. We lost less than ½ of one percent of our vines; 2 vines out of 400 to be exact.
Vineyards are able to graft their rootstock more quickly, and the vines come out of the ground with greater vigor and health. We had one grower tell us the following story. ‘I walked the owner through the vineyard and he asked why the last two rows looked so small in relation to the rest of the vineyard. I told him that we ran out of vermicompost for the last two rows.'
You can see the difference vermicompost makes.