During my investigations in the, at this time, new Internet, I stumbled for the first time on the topic of vermicomposting. It was like rediscovering something forgotten: A system, that was perfect for millions of years, it was strange that we did not use it any longer in agriculture!
At this time, vermicomposting was, on a large scale, only done in the USA, and even there, the production of worms as a bait was the main business, not the production of BIOHUMUS.
I travelled to California, talked to practitioners and scientists, even at the University of Berkeley. There they affirmed my ideas and we talked about the potential of reducing food waste at the landfills and at the same time producing high quality fertilizer. It was quite a strange situation: Vermicomposting was nearly unknown outside of the USA, but did not develop inside the USA, because of a lack of environmental awareness.
My thoughts: “This should be done in Europe, especially in Austria where the separate collection of organic waste was starting and the awareness for the environment was increasing!” I started to research and develop, analyse, compare and improve. Someone got excited! Unfortunately at that time, it was only me, who got excited! No one else was interested in such a product…
Even if there was some recognition by the slowly growing organic community and the Lower Austrian initiative “Natur im Garten”, there was nearly no market for my BIOHUMUS.
The first one, who was open to my work was the member of the Lower Austrian government, responsible for environment, Mag. Wolfgang Sobotka. He initiated the “Lower Austrian Worm Composting System for Schools and Kindergarten”, my first larger order. This project even brought us an award from UNESCO.