Yelm Earthworm, Castings Farm Looks for New Owner

By Jacob Dimond /
Posted 8/2/22

Kelan Moynagh, the operator of Yelm Earthworm and Castings Farm, is on the hunt for someone who wants to take over his longtime business.

The farm has operated in Yelm since 1991 and has been ran …

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Yelm Earthworm, Castings Farm Looks for New Owner


Kelan Moynagh, the operator of Yelm Earthworm and Castings Farm, is on the hunt for someone who wants to take over his longtime business.

The farm has operated in Yelm since 1991 and has been ran by Moynagh since 2005.

“At this point, my body isn’t the same it was 20 years ago. It’s time for me to pass the baton to someone who can hopefully do it better than me,” Moynagh said. “It’s important to pass the torch to someone able to continue helping the community grow food and provide good soil because the food shortage crisis is coming, and is going to become more prevalent soon.”

Moynagh said a farmer or someone in the agriculture business would benefit from the purchase of the business. He added there would be an abundance of resources that could be used in the fertilization process. Moynagh also wants the new owners to exhibit the same enthusiasm he has for microbiology.

“We’re searching for a buyer with some capital to maintain or improve the business. It opened in 1991, went through several owners, and we hope to keep great ownership afloat,” he said. “It’s a viable business and I’d really like to see it continue to flourish, and continue to benefit our community.”

The Yelm Earthworm and Castings Farm creates and sells soil which has been enriched by Eisenia fetida worms, better known as red wigglers. The worms on the farm create “live soil” that contains microbes, bacteria, amoeba and protozoa through a process called vermicompost, or casting. Moynagh said the worms are extremely beneficial to composting and noted a person could even create a composting toilet with the red wigglers. 

“It’s the Earth’s way of recycling organic matter back into plant food, as opposed to using chemicals. Castings have been heralded as a superior growth amendment. They work slower but it’s easiest to let the worms do the work, and we have a lot of them,” Moynagh said. “The worms are out there working 24/7, recycling organic matter really. Just as your and my body will eventually when we go back into the Earth. It’s an ecosystem of life.”

According to its website, Yelm Earthworm and Castings Farm utilizes over 15 tons of red wigglers to produce the live soil. The reach of the farm could be considered global as they distribute throughout the United States, as well as Canada and Japan.

The farm also offers much more than live soil. They sell their worms, castings, worm harvesters, Earth herbals, soils and compost tea.

Moynagh said the soil and compost tea is a vital material when creating sufficient soil. Soils throughout the United States have been damaged over the years by chemicals, too much tilling and other activities, according to Moynagh. The tea allows for the restoration of microbes, which in turn create a more supportive soil.

“The tea is absolutely incredible. It’s a way to multiply the effect of their castings by growing those microbes and getting them back into the soil,” Moynagh said.

Moynagh believes healthy and efficient soil is important not only because it creates a self-sustainable food resource, but also because it could help prepare residents for a predicted fall food shortage.

“It’s time to start growing your own food. At least a part of it,” Moynagh said. “With all the catastrophe in food manufacturing that we’re seeing now, this fall, we will likely see a big reduction in food supply.”

Moynagh noted there have been “crop failures” in North and South Dakota. The wheat yield in Kansas is also expected to be low this year.

“Now, Texans are also being forced to slaughter their herds because of the drought and the heat,” he said. “It takes several years to rebuild a herd.”

The Yelm Earthworm and Castings Farm is located at 14741 Lake Lawrence Road SE in Yelm. They’re open for business from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays through Saturdays.


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