Zachary Brooks

Zachary Brooks

Zachary Brooks

Workshop Instructor | Arizona Worm Farm

Phoenix, AZ | 602-622-7663 | zach@zbrooks.com

Zachary Brooks has a 10-acre farm powered by solar and wind in Phoenix, Arizona. He creates compost to grow food and feeds worms, black soldier fly larvae, frass, and food waste to chickens that supply his family with eggs and meat. Zach makes and sells compost, vermicompost, and soil mixes. He has two Master’s degrees and loves to teach vermicomposting.

Presentation Title: WORKSHOP 6 (HALF DAY): Boost Profits for Your Composting Operation with Value-Added Products

Time: Monday, January 28, 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Workshop Summary: In addition to manufacturing and selling compost, you can produce vermicompost and teas/liquid extracts that will sell for much higher prices. Is your compost selling for $35 per cubic yard? How about feeding it to worms and selling the product (vermicompost) for $700 per cubic yard? With the right packaging, you can sell vermicompost for 2-1/2 times that price. Zachary Brooks will describe his composting/vermicomposting/tea production operation and Rhonda Sherman will share profiles and tips from her new book The Worm Farmer’s Handbook: Mid- to Large-Scale Vermicomposting for Farms, Businesses, Municipalities, Schools, and Institutions.