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Posted by Tim Herron Farms on December 3, 2019 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

christopher nicholas herron stole my"Tim Herron" nest egg last week from mountain valley bank also known as piedmont bank. He is 32 years old and took advantage of the trust i let him have 20 years ago, I mistakenly put his name along with mine"incase anything happened to me" savings account. Never did he put a single dime in this account and it had been dormid with 5.00 in it for at least 10 years, in which time he joined the army and flunked out of ranger school so many times he finally got a medical discharge. Got married had a son. still he found the time to drive 500 miles and withdraw all of the nest egg that my wife and i had put in there. Then closed the account. Not much resource unless i take him to small claims court, and i still might.He is mad at me for not letting him control my life. Be very careful if you come across him, if he will do this to his own father, imagine what he is capable of to strangers. He is the son of Sonja Lee Burdett.

Sorry, But due to 2 bad winters, we are not shipping worms this year, till spring.

Posted by Tim Herron Farms on December 11, 2014 at 5:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Sorry, But due to 2 bad winters, we are not shipping worms this year, till spring.

African Nightcrawlers Eudrilus Eugeniae will start shipping monday

Posted by Tim Herron Farms on April 9, 2014 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (0)

African Nightcrawlers Eudrilus Eugeniae will start shipping monday,

It has been a very long and cold winter, I and many other have lost lots of worms due to the extreem cold.

It set records at many place's including here. 2 deg. one morning, for metro Atlanta, that is unherd of.

the trucks carring the mail from post to post are not heated, and it turned out to be the weekest link, even with heat packs and insulated box's.

5 good freinds and fellow worm farmers, very large. just threw in the towel, so, this should make for an interesting year, to say the least.

I have had the phone ringing off the hook, and the email is unbearable. worm grower's and supplyers everywhere, are looking for more souce's. people wanting 400 pounds per week, 100 pounds per week and it dosent seem to stop. thats a lot of worms folks..........with that much demand, and so little supply, I had no choice but to raise my price's......I am sorry, but it cost me more to replenish my stock as well.

with the new MMJ market, it has opened people's eyes, to how good worm tea, and casting's realy are.

worms, realy do, eat my garbage, I havent paid for, or needed garbage pick up for over 4 years now. it hit 36.00 per month, that was it......thats about 450.00 per year....instead, I feed my worms my garbage.

Winter schedule............Please note..................We will be open Sat and Sun only through the winter months. Still sending out worms, but cutting back hours here, Email is the best way to ask questions. Thanks

Posted by Tim Herron Farms on October 26, 2013 at 7:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Winter schedule............Please note..................We will be open Sat and Sun only through the winter months. Still sending out worms, but cutting back hours here, Email is the best way to ask questions. Thanks

Worm Tea 101

Posted by Tim Herron Farms on August 18, 2013 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (0)

The way I do thing's is generally to simple for most.....the best way that i know to try to explain it just came to me...

any chance you remember your mom making bread, and using part of a ("culture" as a yeast) the concept is similar to making wine and beer with out a yeast powder.....

 

imagine you have a packet of yeast, just add lukewarm water and what happens..........fermentation------or better known as growing organisms right. thats why the yeast rise's.......

 

now, take a pack--Lets say a pound of worm castings................we will use it like a starter, or "yeast".....add some lukewarm water----80-90 deg, and stir it up good, just like we would kneed bread.......................what happens, same thing, you just cant see it "rise" but the "yeast"is growing and spreading................millions and billions, if you dont feed them something they will die of starvation.................

 

with bread, we give them sugar........with wine we give them sugar, with mead we give them honey. and so on...........add some honey, or molasses to it to feed them as they grow, keep them stirred.

worms eat bad,old moldy food, and transform it into a micronutrient we will call "yeast" when activated with water, the micro nutrients, better referred to as microbes grow, and multiply dramatically, and constantly eat. they will eat up all the bad fungus,mold,and all the other "bad"stuff in your yard,garden,raised beds,farm or field, insects dont like it, as it breaks down compost, the worms will come to eat the compost and the cycle begin's. birds will flock to the worms, leaving more to eat, the bee's will come and you wont be killing them. Your garden, "will become alive" just like it was, before we started killing all the good microb's with fertilizers and pesticides. If you don't kill "the yeast" it will keep growing and growing. until nothing bad can live long in your soil.......I was sceptical for the first year, till a few educated people came and bought worms from me. one was a microbiologist, and traded me some worms for a testing on my tea and she was very impressed....it all started making sense after that. she named lots of different microbes, some good and some bad, even showed me pictures of them, blew my mind. This is the best year for my gardening I have had in about 30 years, and have spent zero dollars on fertilizers, pesticides or other things.....one pound of worm casting will make 4 gal. of worm tea.....

dilute that 10-1 that is 40 gal. of foliage spray..........you can spray every day if you want, or once a week, or even just every now and then.........just not in the heat of the day.

too simple, I know.........

unbelievable, yepppp

all I can do is tell you what I know. and that is what I did, not one tomato had brown rot,

 

END OF THE WORLD SALE

Posted by Tim Herron Farms on December 16, 2012 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)

This Friday December 21, 2012

Herron Farms of Dawsonville, will not be having an "End of the World Sale".

 

 

I am sure something is in the works, as the Myans were not dumb people, and have provided us with many importaint peice's of information. I personally believe the end of time may be close, mostly from my understanding of the book of Revelations and what we are doing to ourselves, with the Drugs and the hatred to one another. But what is Close? One Day, or many Years? Know one knows this.

 

African Nightcrawlers

Posted by Tim Herron Farms on January 8, 2012 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Eudrilus Eugeniae-The African

 

as a kid, In the 70s. I raised redworms-under my rabbits. I had read about these "hybread, or African" red worms, and was led to beleave, they were hard to raise, would wander off, and they couldent survive the cold.

After many years of tring to get my redworms, to a larger size. I tried the african or so called hybread redworm. to find to my dissbeleaf, all I had read was not rue at all, and likely put into print and now the internet by Redworm farmers that did not want to loose there sales.

I now have so many Africans, my only concern, is how to keep them all fed. They are to me the easyest worm to raise, yes they "prefer" a warm temp. but produce and feed at the same temp as the common red worm.

When it gets real cold out side "all of your worms may die-----Redworms, Europeans, and Africans...

no worms do well at 20 or 30, or even 40 degrees, so what is the big deal?

Africans, out preform any other worm, in North America. and that is a fact-by someone that raise's Africans, Redworms and Europeans.

http://www.herronfarms.webs.com

Tim Herron

Dawsonville Ga.

New Phone Number

Posted by Tim Herron Farms on December 11, 2011 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

new phone number

706-531-4789

Europeans

Posted by Tim Herron Farms on May 1, 2011 at 7:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Worm Facts

The Dendrobaena Worm, full name Dendrobaena veneta (also known as the European night crawler & Eisenia hortensis), is a very tough and particularly wriggly worm, making them ideal as worms for fishing. They are surface feeders who are sensitive to light. The worms' eagerness to escape light is what makes them squirm so much in daylight. To ensure that you don't find your bucket of worms empty, you need to keep the lid on in the dark.

The Dendrobaena worm has the ability to consume large amounts of vegetable matter, up to half their body weight a day. A sexually mature Dendrobaena weighs anything from 1 to 2.5+ grams.

The temperature range at which the Dendrobaena thrives, that is breeds, is between 12 to 18 degrees Celsius. In warmer temperatures, their metabolism increases so they eat more food in warmer temperatures, up to 25 degrees Celsius. If the temperature raises too much above this they can get very stressed and will die at high temperatures. Therefore if you have a portable wormery it needs to be kept in the shade in the summer months and in the sun in the winter months, or even indoors. Moisture is very important as worms need it to breathe through their skin, although do not drown them. In ideal conditions, a single worm will produce approximately 2 young per week. Cocoons are laid which normally contain 1 worm taking anything from 40 to 128 days to hatch. Dendrobaenas take 57 to 86 days to reach sexual maturity.

 

Watch the worms wriggle:

You need not worry about any escapees as Dendrobaenas are indigenous to this country and are a friendly lot, posing no threat to any other earthworms.

Recently we have heard a lot of talk about the Tiger worm versus the Dendrobeana worm and their suitability for composting your kitchen scraps. To be fair we have decided to put together some facts about the Tiger worms so that you can make up your minds for yourselves.

Being Dendrobaena worm farmers we know how successful Dendrobaenas are and the hundreds of tonnes of food that they get through on our farm. Being livestock farmers we are also familiar with the Tiger worm which can be found in any partially composted dung/compost heap.

The Tiger worm to a certain degree is a myth, it obviously exists but is not a distinct breed as is commonly thought. The scientific name is Eisenia foetida, also known as Redworm, Red Wiggler, Brandlings or Manure Worm amongst other names. It was the distinct banding that developed when the worms were farmed in a single medium, paper pulp, that led them to be named tiger worms. On entering an environment different to that in which they are bred, they tend to go wandering due to the shock of the environmental change. We get these small wild worms entering our worm beds. For this reason we only use the outdoor beds for breeding composting worms. If worms are ordered for fishing we only use pure dendrobaenas bred indoors to prevent contamination by the smaller worms not appropriate for fishing. This infiltration of Redworms into our beds has enabled us to see the advantages of Dendrobaenas in wormery like conditions i.e. the larger Dendrobaenas aerate the beds better and prefer wetter conditions often found in wormeries.

Like the Dendrobaena, the Tiger worm is an Epigeic worm, i.e. they live on the surface of the soil or in the top 6 inches or so of the topsoil under the litter layer. Both are indigenous to this country. Both worms can tolerate temperatures from 3 to 27 degrees celsius. Our Dendrobeanas have survived snowfall and frosts on our outdoor beds without any insulation! Worms will burrow down to protect themselves. A single Tiger worm will produce approximately 2-4 young per week. Cocoons are laid which normally contain 2 worms taking anything from 32 to 73 days to hatch. Tigers take 53 to 76 days to reach sexual maturity. As a guide, in ideal conditions, you can expect to double the weight of your Tiger worm population in 3-4 months.

The Tiger is supposed to eat up to its own weight in food each day, its weight being from 0.5 to 1 gram. However we have found that Tiger worms eat no more, if not less, weight for weight than dendrobaenas.

We do not have a surplus of worms to shift, in fact we have to work extremely hard to meet demand. It would be far easier for us to supply less worms with our wormeries (and cheaper), but we continue to provide 1kg of worms as we know that this amount gives our customers the best chance of making their wormeries a success.

We have done our own trials in controlled conditions, feeding the same amount of food to two large trays of worms. One tray contained dendrobaena worms and the other contained an identical weight of tigers. At the end of the trail the tiger worms had bred more but the dendrobaenas had eaten more food and had produced a greater quantity and quality of wormcast i.e. the compost was broken down better and was much finer.

In summary, both Dendrobaenas and Tigers are effective composting worms. However we have found Dendrobaenas ideally suited to wormery conditions because they like wetter conditions, will tolerate slightly acidic conditions better and being larger and more robust they are more efficient at aerating the compost. This is handy as the natural composting process can cause your wormery to become acidic should you overfeed or forget to neutralise the PH of your wormery with eggshells or lime.

Tiger worms do breed faster than dendrobaenas.

In our experience of breeding the two types of worms in controlled conditions, Dendrobaenas digest waste quicker and more efficiently than tiger worms producing quality wormcast at a much faster rate.

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Friends helping Friends

Posted by Tim Herron Farms on December 30, 2010 at 8:25 AM Comments comments (0)

I have been out of a "real job" for over a year now, Thank"GOD" my wife is working, but makes just at the cut off for food stamps, so we dont even have that help.

After sending resume after resume for over a year, and only getting 2 hits, I got fed up and went fishing the other day. I do that to get my best thoughts, anyway, the thought came to me. I am not the only person in this mess, matter of fact, almost everyone I know has been hit hard, with the melt down.

Good people have lost homes, savings, Jobs and more. It is time to think like people did in the 40s,50s and even some of the 60s. People helped each other get though the hard times, trading eggs for milk, labor for wood, it wasn't all about money. course gas was a quarter and for a dollar you could get a coke, candy bar, and pack of smokes still having a dime for the phone.

What if, you could call some one you dont even know, and ask them to give you a hand?

We have got so consumed with money and "making a Living" we have lost track of the little things in life. Like the smile a widow gives you, when you lite her pilot light for less than a months rent.

or when you hang 5 mini blinds in the time it takes a single mom to make some coffee.

Or when you see the old man down the street getting wood, and offer to help.

Now, I cant refinish your basement for free(not saying I wont do it)but there are lots of very small jobs I dont mind helping people do, sometimes it just takes motivation, and a friend helps there also. And even though I say free, (that is what I mean) I figure most people asking for a hand will have to offer, whether it be coffee, cake, conversation.

A person knows what they can afford, and if they feel like they were treated right, and can afford it, they will offer me gas money or a tip. I dont ask, and dont expect it----------(unless) you have asked me to come bid on a job. That is different. but it will still be very cheap, I am in my 50tys, I dont need to compete with the Joneses.