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For a limited time, we are offering FREE SHIPPING on 1 and 2 lb orders of worms!

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Where to find our products in WA

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BFS Castings Tea:

Testimonials, description and step by step instructions to brew and apply:  New! Here

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2007 Governor's Award for Pollution Prevention and Sustainable Practices

On October 9th, 2007, in a presentation ceremony at the WA State Capitol Building, we were given this award that represents our efforts and commitment to ongoing sustainable practices.  The Department of Ecology defines sustainability as "meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."  Vermiculture and our practices here at the farm do just that.  You can learn more about this award here.

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Certified Salmon Safe

Salmon Safe

Recently, our farm was also certified Salmon Safe.

Salmon Safe works to keep urban and agricultural watersheds clean enough for native salmon to spawn and thrive. 

 

 Click on the logo for more information.

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We sell onsite in our Soil Depot and online in our Yelm Worm Store:  Barefoot Soil Earthworm Castings products bagged and bulk: Barefoot Soil Earthworm Castings, Deluxe Garden Blend (20% castings, 20% dairy manure, 60% topsoil), Perfect Blend (50% castinggs. 50% dairy manure), topsoil, worm tea brewers, worm tea, worm factories® (or worm bins), large scale vermicomposting systems, worm bin conditioner, red worms by the pound (red wigglers or Eisenia Fetida), organic and mineral soil amendments,  specialty organic soil amendments, and organically grown fruits and vegetables (especially garlic) and certified organic and heirloom seeds, according to the season.

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Special

For our walkin customers to our Soil Depot, we have an ongoing special for a Worm Factory and your fist pound of startup worms for $99.95! (A $111.90 value.) Save on shipping and handling costs and the cost of worms.

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Plant Pathology

Plants - especially trees and shrubs are infected and killed by four fungi:  Phytophtora, Pythium, Fusarium, and Rhizoctonia.  We recently tested our Barefoot Soil Earthworm Castings for these, and in what is a rare event in the composing/soil amendment industry, evidence of the four pathogens was non detectable!  This means unlike other products you may buy on the market, Barefoot Soil Earthworm Castings are safe to use for all of your planting needs as well as for mulch.  Here are the test results.

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The Olympian newspaper featured us in its Environment Section on Monday June 12th, 2006.  Read John Dodge's article here.

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On Tuesday May 30th, 2006 Peter Mooyman of Yelm Earth was on KUOW's Weekday program discussing worm composting with a panel of composting experts.  Click here to listen to an archived edition of the program.

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McCord Air Force Base Earth Day

Whole Foods Market Earth Day

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Check out this testimonial on the effectiveness of worm teas - a more effective method than chemicals that is child, pet, wildlife, and earth friendly!  We have worm tea brewers available in our Yelm Worm Store.

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Check out how you can use Barefoot Soil Earthworm Castings:  This is a picture of a flower garden at Village Green Nursery in Seattle:

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We have negotiated great per pallet per state rates for all western states.  Call us to see what it would cost to ship to you!

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Click on the Test Results link on the left to view our updated SFI test results on a 3-21-2006 sample.

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We were at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show in Seattle, WA February 8-12.  It was a great success!  Look for updated retailers in your area in the upcoming days and weeks.

Read our press release for the show here.

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A quick note on our Barefoot Soil Earthworm Castings and our Barefoot Soil Deluxe Potting Mix:  The WSDA has approved and registered our Barefoot Soil Earthworm Castings products for certified organic crop growers.

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The products that we develop using earthworm castings are all about restoring or boosting the biology of your soil so that this "living" soil can break down soil nutrients and feed them to your plants' roots.  Dr. Elaine Ingham is a pioneer in this research and approach.  Read about her approach here.

You can also listen to an NPR broadcast Monday January 9, 2006 on All Things Considered that discusses bacteria in soil here.

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 We were on National Public Radio the morning of September 23rd, 2005 on KPLU and throughout the day on the 26th on KUOW!!  Click here to listen.

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At our Yelm Earth Market on Saturday Sept. 24th, we had a team of 4 draught horse work our fields.  Click here to check out the pictures and a brief description.

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Leading scientist and researches all over the world are saying the days of NPK chemical fertilizers are numbered, and restoring the soil's biological activity is the only long term solution to growing any type of vegetation.  Click here to read Jim Jensen's literature review.  Click here to read the latest research on vermicomposting from Hala Chaoui of Ohio State University.

Read about more research underway at Ohio State University's Soil Ecology Department on various aspects of vermiculture here.

Our products are all about restoring the soil's micro-organism diversity.

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Did you know?  The vital importance of organic matter?  If humus is not continually replaced, the entire soil structure and soil ecology falls apart.  Without a healthy and numerous ecology of microlife, soil becomes dead.  With adequate organic matter, soil usually becomes sweet smelling and pleasant and functions like a creative organism.  That’s largely because of the many things accomplished by soil microlife.  Remember that during the gardening season, humus is being consumed by microorganisms, the nutrients are used by the plants, and this critical element must be replaced.  Even ¼ inch can replace the summer losses in a garden.  Growing vegetables West of the Cascades, Steve Solomon   And guess what is the perfect organic material to renew your garden!  Yes, it is Barefoot Soil Earthworm Castings!  Come see us, we have lots of it!

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Did you know? ... Lignite, also known as leonardite, was named for Dr. A. G. Leonard, North Dakota’s first state geologist, who was a pioneer in the study of lignite deposits.  Leonardite ore is a soft, earthy, medium brown coal –like substance of organic material that has decayed over millions of years.  It has, perhaps, the highest concentrations of both humic and fulvic acids available.  Humic acids improve the efficiency of fertilizers, moisture retention and help to reduce nutrient loss due to leaching.  Biological activity is stimulated resulting in root proliferation, plant growth, early and uniform maturity thus improving the quality of plants, and overall crop yields. (Search "leonardite+lignite" in your favorite search engine for references.)

Yelm Earth has a full supply of Leonardite/Lignite available.

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Did you know? …the difference between Certified Organic and Organic?  We are certified with the WSDA and comply with strict regulations and reporting necessary to maintain our status.  A simple “Organic” label does not tell you anything about what is happening from seed quality used to what happened in the fields before or during the growing season, or how the produce is handled during and after harvest.  From the WSDA’s point of view, it is either “Certified Organic” or it is not organic at all!

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How Barefoot Soil got its name:

“The old people came literally to love the soil and they sat or reclined on the ground with a feeling of being close to a mothering power. It was good for the skin to touch the earth and the old people liked to remove their moccasins and walk with bare feet on the sacred earth.”

Luther Standing Bear, (1868-1939)

 

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