Rockstar Review & Giveaway: Amy Stewart’s “The Earth Moved” AND Worm Factory 360

by Michael Nolan on 22 March 2012 · 72 comments

in Sweepstakes

Worms have fascinated me since childhood and now I know why. Don’t get me wrong, I have read about and have a clear understanding of worm composting or vermiculture and its tremendous benefits but for one reason or another I had yet to fully embrace the practice. Then I received a review copy of Amy Stewart’s The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms and accepted my fate as a newly-minted worm guy.

MyEarthGarden: The Earth Moved by Amy StewartIf you have never read Stewart’s work you are in for a treat. It is no accident that she is the author of several New York Times bestsellers; the woman has a gift with words that is only matched by the passion with which she delves into her subject matter and The Earth Moved is so exception. Even those with little interest in creepy-crawlies can’t help but be taken in by Stewart’s unique edutainment voice. She can make the most boring science feel like the season premiere of your favorite prime time drama.

In short, if you weren’t a fan of earthworms or Amy Stewart before you read this book, you will be after. What? You don’t have a copy, you say? Well as it happens, I have one to give away, but not so fast, Speedy McFast.

See, there is more to this story than just a kickass book. The winner of this sweepstakes is also going to be the proud recipient of their very own Worm Factory 360 from the folks at Nature’s Footprint. The Worm Factory isn’t just a worm compost bin, it is like a luxury worm condo that makes worm composting easy, and free of odor and mess.

MyEarthGarden: The Worm Factory 360

The beauty of the design is that they have addressed the two most common complaints about worm composting. Now you don’t have to separate piles of worms from their valuable castings (a fancy word for worm poop) and you don’t have to worry about the mess of draining excess liquid from the container because both issues have been resolved in this ingenious design.

The Worm Factory 360 is made up of stackable trays that make the magic happen. When one tray is full, you simply add a new tray and the worms climb through the open mesh bottom of the first tray to reach the food. A few weeks later and that first tray is full of worm compost that is ready for use and the circle of life continues [cue Elton John music].

So you’re going to receive a great book and a great worm composting kit – what could be better? I’ll tell you what. I am going to be using my new Worm Factory 360 right along with you. Nature’s Footprint was nice enough to send me one to review, so I will be telling you about the entire process from the beginning right here on MEG with photos and a special video diary too.

The book and bin will go to one lucky winner who leaves a worm-related comment on this post, so get busy – you only have until Friday, March 30th to enter! One entry per person, please.

But wait. there’s more!

My Earth Garden readers can buy their own Worm Factory with a 10% Rockstar Discount from our friends at Nature’s Footprint. All you have to do is click the link or visit

DISCLOSURE: Review copies of all products included in this sweepstakes giveaway were provided to the reviewer (that’s me) at no charge. All opinions in this and all future review posts of these products are my own.

{ 71 comments… read them below or add one }

Theresa Larson March 26, 2012 at 9:17 am

I love worms, but was never able to get the bin thing right. I grow some huge ones in my composters outside, though. I would love a chance at this. Thank you!!

Anne Wright-Cunniff March 26, 2012 at 9:17 am

I pull worms out of the ground and stick them in my garden and compost bin. A worm factory sounds much more efficient, and it would make a great project for my sons. Count me in.

Shannon March 26, 2012 at 9:23 am

Did I miss something? Is there a magic word? Is this my entry? I am not into worms. They are creepy little poodle_______. Honestly, my boyfriend would prob use them for fishing, which means we would eat fresh fish all the time, which is so much better than pink slime.. meaning maybe our son won’t grow up to get cancer like his Dad did, b/c his diet is better. My boyfriend would prob take my 20 year old daughter and her boyfriend fishing too.. or maybe just the boys.. they are only 10 years apart, (my boyfriend started as a boytoy but that’s a story for another day) but my boyfriend is still the step parent and the future father in law, and will still be a role model. My daughter’s boyfriend will still listen, and his own father isn’t in the picture. Maybe they will fish and bond and my daughter’s future will be brighter b/c it will instill in her boyfriend the love of a new hobby.. and instead of strip clubs he will take to the river.. and their child will eat fresh fish, and he won’t get cancer either… I will of course throw some of those worms in my organic garden, which by the way did you know it is hard to get really big veggies without chemicals? When I was poor it was b/c I couldn’t afford chemicals, and now it’s a choice. Worms would be super helpful. :D WormBarbie.

Debi March 26, 2012 at 9:26 am

Well, it’s between chickens and worms. Hubby votes for worms because we can keep them in the cellar during the winter. Chickens-not so much. Although the eggs are an extra bonus, the neighbors would probably prefer the worms too! I like the fact that the worms eat a pound of paper and veggies and poop out the same amount!! Now that is green!

Sarah Owens March 26, 2012 at 9:32 am

I love worms! Used to collect them for my Dad’s compost pile. It’s finally time time to start my own compost and this bin looks like the perfect way to do it! Good for a small urban backyard where smells travel easily…

Angela Watts March 26, 2012 at 9:37 am

I’d love to have one of these, as we have a small yard which makes composting impossible without annoying the neighbors. Since they live within spitting distance. I miss being able to compost kitchen scraps like my grandfather used to at the farm, but he had the luxury of 7acres and I’m lucky if I have 700 sqft of “garden” with half being a slope we de-rocked and cnoverted to a perennial bed to help with errosion and beauty. Having worm compost for my container veggie garden would be a big improvement over the stuff I’ve been buying at the store, and my 5gal buckets of roses would reap the benefits as well. Especially with the mild winter we had this year.

wendy March 26, 2012 at 9:49 am

my 8 year old has pet worms living in a terra cotta pot. If we won this fancy worm condo I bet the worms would start singing the Jefferson’s theme song…”moving on up to a delux apartment in the sky”

Ginger Waters March 26, 2012 at 12:06 pm

worms worms worms,
I’m a beginner at self-sustainability and would love for some worms to join me early in the journey (: :)

worms worms worms!

Breanna March 26, 2012 at 1:35 pm

I am in the early stages of starting a non profit cultivating low-income and/or at risk youth thru “hands on” urban farming. The book and bin would be greatly appreciated since it will teach the youth another aspect of farming.

Donna March 27, 2012 at 9:23 am

Sounds fabulous! We use our compost (which is now chicken poo,leaves,and kitchen scraps)in our garden. My Best Friend has worms,and she loves them. She makes “worm poo tea” as well. I would love to try them out!!!

Mary Hall March 27, 2012 at 5:45 pm

I’ve been meaning to try this…sure could use the worm castings for my garden!

Mary March 29, 2012 at 10:11 am

We don’t have room for a full-blown compost pile, but the worm factory would be a great alternative for us! I hate having to purchase compost at the store, when we could easily make our own. I’d love to put some worms to work!

Amanda March 29, 2012 at 10:24 am

We would love to have a worm bin for composting!! I just read that you can even bring the worms inside during the winter and compost INside the home with no oder!!!? My sons would LOVE this!!! (and so would I ).

Michael March 29, 2012 at 10:52 am

I really would love a worm factory 360. And the book would be a great added bonus!

Veronica March 29, 2012 at 11:23 am

I’ve been thinking about adding worms into the mix to help compost things faster- this would be perfect for our garden!!!

Delilah Hatch March 29, 2012 at 11:50 am

OK so I’ve been mulling over the idea of a COW for a while now! But those worm factories look GREAT! I would absolutely loooove to get going with one of these! And of course I’d need the book too since I am a complete newb with this kind of thing. And I’m just beginning home schooling with my 5 yo so this would make for a perfect science project!!

Fayanne March 29, 2012 at 12:02 pm

I’m always excited to see worms in my garden! We’re renting the house we live in, and our landlord is not enthusiastic about a compost pile, but this worm bin would be great!

Frank Mahaffey March 29, 2012 at 12:10 pm

I have done the vermicomposter thing for over 3 years. Went out of town for 1 week and come home to find them all drowned! Would love to give it another try.

Lisa D. March 29, 2012 at 12:57 pm

I’ve been attending vermicomposting seminars over the last few months and am ready to take the plunge…I just need this fabulous Worm Factory 360 to get started. I’ve been buying worm casting from a local farm and my edible garden plants & flowers love the added nutrients from worm castings and worm tea. Thank you for this opportunity!

Becky March 29, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Id love to win this and give worm composting a try. I think my kids would love it.

Judy D March 30, 2012 at 11:46 am

Had zero success years ago with worm composting. But this new-fangled worm composter sounds like just the thing to get me started again.
I promise to give the worms a wonderful home and lots of love.
Thanks for the recommendation, and hope I win!

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