We're a family business
Samantha, Worm Queen
I started Meme's Worms as a family business to grow high-quality worms for gardening and fishing.
Tabitha, Head Worm Wrangler
Tabitha is my right hand women and manages the worm farm. From ensuring the quality of our worms to shipping our orders, Tabitha does it all.
Kyler, Worm Feeder
Kyler is my grandson, fishing partner and inspiration for starting Meme's Worms. He takes care of our worms, feeding them and harvesting their castings.
This is a fish story.
In the beginning, I just wanted to grow some fishing worms...
My grandson Kyler and I were going fishing almost every weekend. Bait was sketchy and getting very expensive.
Kyler and I were fishing one day when I decided I'd grow some worms for us after finding no good bait.
So I took one of the cups of worms and threw them into a bin I had made.
That was the start of Meme’s Worms!
I started thinking about how I could make some money and start a company for my grandson. He was 10 at the time. When he got into high school, he could have a job, and then when he graduated, he would own the company.
I started researching the worm world and saw an opportunity, so I started Meme's Worms from my laundry room.
Before I knew it, I had outgrown my laundry room and had to move to the back porch. The following spring, I built our first 'hoop' house.
I was still working my corporate job so I could only spend a few hours a day with my farm. I would come home around 8pm, work till midnight on the farm and then get back up at 5am.
I did this for a long time.
As a fisherwoman, I knew there was a need for quality bait, so I started with European Nightcrawlers and... it was a hit!
Before I knew it, I had orders coming in. I needed to be able to grow the worms larger enough to get them to bait size but I wasn't sure how to do that so I joined L.J. Shier's “worm breeding” program.
Then I needed another building, so I build the second hoop house. Now I could start breeding worms and get the worms to bait size. It was temperature-controlled so I didn’t have to worry about them getting too hot or too cold.
I just kept growing and selling worms to fishermen. I was having the time of my life!
One question I would get frequently was whether I had red wigglers but at the time, all I wanted to do was grow worms to fish with.
Then the pandemic hit and my whole approach with worm farming changed. I knew red wigglers were the ticket. I started my red wiggler stock from a farm not far away where I could purchase in bulk and ship to my customers.
...but I wanted to grow my own stock so I decided to build another hoop house for them. I added some racks to use for breeding, especially in the wintertime. This rack holds about 110 mortar trays. It works great for breeder bins and grow-out trays.
From there I have added windrows, barrels, 4x4 plastic bins, crates, super bags, and feed troughs. Basically, anything you can put a worm in we have used or still use.
As you can imagine, I continually needed more space. In 2021, the opportunity presented itself to purchase a 22,000 sq ft warehouse and I leapt at it.
Today, my family and I run Meme's Worm farm. To think I came from my laundry room, I can only imagine what the future holds.