We met them for the first time in November 2009 during the Agrilink Expo at the World Trade Center. We were there the whole afternoon and we noticed that there were people inquiring about their unique product one after the other. We lined up for their next short demo but were politely informed that they will take a short break for lunch but will be back in 15-20 minutes. It was around 4pm.
Tony and Beth De Castro are the founders of Earthworm Sanctuary, an urban earthworm farm in the heart of Quezon City.
Tony was the first one to fall in love with earthworms. Since 2003, he cultures and nurtures earthworms and uses their vermicompost to fertilize their organic farm in Brgy Sampaloc, Tanay, Rizal where he grows all kinds of vegetables and fruits and according to him, he attributes his success to the wonders of vermicompost.
So what exactly is vermicompost? Here’s our informative video as Tony and Beth explained to us what this sustainable product is all about:
Earthworm Sanctuary’s Culturing Starter Kit is an easy way to start culturing earthworms. With this starter kit you get a complete system for raising earthworms in your own home. The starter kit costs P3,000 includes approximately 1,000 earthworms, instruction manual, a 1-2 hour seminar at the La Mesa Ecopark and a 2 piece housing for the earthworms.
We hope to get our hands on vermiculture in the near future. As we get more and more interested about urban gardening ourselves, we now appreciate what Tony and Beth are doing. Truly, they are our Pinoy Earth Angels!
Earthworm Sanctuary gives seminars daily from 10am to 4pm except Mondays at the La Mesa Dam Ecopark. The seminars are by appointment basis.
What kind of compost do you use for your garden or farm?EARTHWORM SANCTUARY TONY & BETH DE CASTRO +63922 896 1996 +632 931 2617
HOW TO GET TO EARTHWORM SANCTUARY DEMONSTRATION AND TRAINING SITE:
Earthworm Sanctuary’s Demonstration and Training site is at the La Mesa Ecopark in Fairview, Quezon City.
- Take Commonwealth Avenue towards Fairview.
- When you get passed the Welcome Marker of Fairview look for Pearl street on the right side of the road. On the corner you will see a Citi Oil gas station. Turn right on Pearl street and follow the signs to Eco Park about 200 meters away.
- Look for the entrance gate to the La Mesa Eco Park on your right. If you are taking public transportation there are tricycles at the Citi Oil station that will bring you to EcoPark. Ask the guard how to get to the vermicompost facility inside the park.