Half a million worms in the back yard, recycling garbage while producing rich soil and produce.
A Marietta man's worm compost proves it's benefits, helping others.
"Lettuce that rots in the refrigerator and you throw it away, instead of doing that, even in my little operation here I have the capacity to convert all of that into soil... and it's the most wonderful soil in the world." Worm Composting expert, Jim Coats, grew up on a farm, gaining an appreciation for home grown foods.
After retiring from an organization that feeds needy kids, Couts started built his garden, greenhouse, and compost just years ago as a hobby, all of which is built out of recycled goods.
"I was keenly aware that much of the food I was feeding children was not fit to eat so I said I would spend the rest of my life devoted to getting local fresh, organic food, to children in the USDA food program." And that's exactly what he's doing. He donates the rich soil to different organizations to help feed kids in need.
"My tomato plants and just about every plant that I grow in this garden will be considerably larger than anything that you can see even in gardens that are dependent upon fossil fuel fertilizers.It is simply a myth that you have to use fossil fuel base chemical fertilizers and pesticides to have a large production from your garden."
His soil produces so much food he's able to donate a lot of it to a food pantry as well.
The soil is completely nourished by rain water and the red wiggler worms. "They go through approximately about three to five buckets of ground up garbage a week. They will eat that much. Before the garbage was ground up it would fill about half my pick up truck." Garbage like leaves or old vegetables. "Then I gather up about a ton of grain a week from the North End Tavern and the Brewery here in Marietta then the coffee grounds from stoked coffee and egg shells from the Busy Bee restaurant."
Couts is now teaching those organizations, and soon the Harvest of Hope in Marietta, how to do the composting and gardening themselves so those in need can serve themselves better.
To talk to Jim email him: firstname.lastname@example.org