Myles Stubblefield was a self-described “soiled child” rising up in Buffalo, New York. “I had my fingers in each grime pile,” he tells Treehugger. “I performed with worms each time we went fishing, and any time we went to a picnic, it was assumed I might come house with empty cans of salamanders and crawdads to watch.”
So when he started his canine coaching and boarding enterprise greater than a decade in the past, the stinkiest a part of it did not hassle him… at first. After years of choosing up after his shoppers from him, he feels in a different way. “I might do something to not carry that enormous plastic bag of poop,” Stubblefield says. “These baggage don’t decompose, so that they find yourself producing quite a lot of greenhouse gases.”
Stubblefield had a poop drawback with no inexperienced resolution in sight.
“I attempt to be zero waste however it grew to become a backup difficulty,” he explains. It is no surprise; he at present has seven resident canine, one pot-bellied pig, and round 18 to twenty canine that come each day for his coaching courses at K9 Imaginative and prescient, Inc. “It is quite a lot of poop!” he provides.
After some web sleuthing, Stubblefield determined vermiculture could be simply the factor to deal with his ever-growing feces drawback. He started with simply 1,000 worms, bought on-line. As we speak, he is as much as a million.
“I am now occurring my fourth 12 months of messing with worms and poop,” he says. It is secure to say that because the proprietor and visionary of Buffalo Worm Works, he might quickly be topped the Worm King of Western New York.
“I’ve all the time had this draw to only watch nature at work,” Stubblefield says. “That is one thing composting has taught me—we are able to solely be a lot part of nature, being the apex predator and all. However on the finish of the day, there’s one thing to be mentioned about sitting again and simply observing.”
“It is a tremendous difficult mission,” he admits. “I am nonetheless operating a number of companies directly, however I’ve realized the way to give each these infants room to develop.”
Sadly for native canine house owners, he is not going to be accepting any donations presently. Because the Military veteran’s radio look on NPR’s “Wait Wait…Do not Inform Me!” quiz present, he is had a couple of calls from individuals asking if they will drop off their very own canine’s, effectively, droppings. “The reply is completely not, ” he says laughing. “I’ve received sufficient. I’ve received a mountain of it myself. However I am so excited that I could make a mannequin to share with these individuals to allow them to maintain their very own canine waste. ”
In addition to being a behavioral specialist for at-risk canine and worm father to all, Stubblefield additionally sells his “Tremendous Soil” fertilizer, made out of worm castings. “All of our industrial merchandise are produced from native restaurant meals scraps,” he explains. “We do check our [dog] compost and it comes again with none viral masses, nonetheless, we solely use that compost on grasslands, shrubs, and bushes. It is simply an in-house mission for us.” He does supply bulk orders and has obtained rising curiosity from hashish and produce growers within the space.
Stubblefield is not content material simply rescuing canine and creating wholesome soil, although. “I believe there is a very clutch alternative for myself and the worms to be a part of the rising sustainability tradition amongst companies, municipalities, colleges, hospitals, and all the hospitality trade,” he says.
He is effectively on his method with a contract on the close by Buffalo Payments stadium with Delaware North, a hospitality administration & meals service firm. “That is one of many nice elements about working with a accountable company citizen; they pre-sort and we choose up and compost the natural waste for the stadium,” he explains.
He additionally teaches courses and workshops concerning the “energy of worms” round city. “My purpose is to be a valued advisor in relation to waste enjoyable and easy house composting,” Stubblefield states.
His recommendation for these fascinated about starting vermicomposting? “Go get worms! It isn’t a lot concerning the observe, it is concerning the ideas. With that pound of worms, you may preserve a single-family family compost system,” he says.
You should buy his “Bag-o-Worms” or the “Tremendous Soil” fertilizer at his web site, buffalowormworks.com. Simply do not ask him to compost your canine’s excrement.