Kookaburra Worm Farms is a true family owned, home based business.
However, this does not mean that we are a backyard business, providing crappy service, poor quality and erratic supply.
We pride ourselves on our high levels of professionalism, customer service and the exceptionally high quality of our worms and worm related products. We also keep track of the latest business trends and market directions.
Our worm farm has been designed using a systems based methodology, where all the processes of breeding/growing/ordering/packaging/delivery have been specifically designed from the ground up. We breed our worms in a climate controlled, fully insulated, large purpose built shed. We are not affected by adverse weather conditions nor seasonal variations.
Our worms are fed using waste by products from the local sugar processing industry. This waste is produced in enormous quantities and is idealy suited to our variety of worms.
Our technology is second to none. Yet we are still able to maintain our principle of "working with nature, rather than against nature". We work with our worms, providing them with their ideal conditions for breeding, eating and growing. We are constantly learning better ways of working with the worms by closley observing and monitoring their unique habits and patterns. They are fantastic recyclers of organic wastes, producing the finest quality worm casts (the richest top soils possible) as their natural by-product.
The Mingin family originated in Melbourne. We are Kath and George, Matthew, Cassandra, Benjamin and baby Alexandra. In 2000, we made a complete lifestyle change from the hussle and bussle of city life to the peacefull serenity of country life. George was the driver of this lifestyle change having worked professionally in a diverse range of fields from sales, customer service, marketing, reasearch and development and transport for a number of large multi national companies. After completing a Permaculture course, George developed a yearning to grow something. Having been in the worms industry some 15 years ago, starting Kookaburra Worm Farms was like coming back home. It is a most welcome and satisfying experience to work from home, in this beautiful and peaceful location.
It is now over 10 years since we started Kookaburra Worm Farms, so a brief update is called for.
In 2006, we purchased the distribution business of one of our customers. This business is called Worms R Plenty. We now distribute our fishing bait worm range under this trading name. We have grown this side of the business by over 400% since 2006 and it is still growing. Our only method of advertising has been word of mouth.
In 2007, we branched out into compost worms and in 2009 we started to grow Australian native worms. This has been a rapidly expanding part of our business with a great deal of diversity and challenges. We are now the only worm farm in Australia that breeds Australian native worms.
In 2008, we developed the Garden Bed worm farm concept and shortly after followed up with the Little Rotter worm farms. These are a totally new concept in domestic worm farms and are just light years ahead of the older style of worm farms. They are just so much simpler, cheaper and far more effective and efficient than existing worm farms.
We currently employ 4 full time and up to 5 part time people. We are now perhaps the largest supplier of both fishing worms and compost worms in Australia.
We are constantly in the process of developing new, environmentally beneficial products both in the fishing and compost worm sides of our business. Stay tuned to see some new and exciting products emerging over the next few years!