Orner Farms is a family owned dairy farm in West Central Pennsylvania. We milk an average of 100 cows, raise feed, and pasture crops on
450 acres. We take pride and care in our farm and of our operations.
WORM WONDER VERMICOMPOST!
To ensure the legacy of the farm for future generations we decided to
turn some of the by-products of our dairy operation into materials for improving soil quality. We first started to make a horticultural compost from our bedded pack manure.
In 2000, we learned of the earthworm digester process, and invested
in our first continuous flow-thru digester.
In 2003, we have more than doubled our production capacity by adding
additional digesters. Today we have more than 1 million red worms
producing vermicompost. The compost contains no weed seeds and
maintains a stable temperature in the digester. It also provides a
good nutritional source for the worms to live and maintain their
population. The red worms do a dramatic job of digesting and turning
the compost, but the most interesting fact is the biological
composition of the final material. We call our harvested product -