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We here at J & R Worm Farm would like to take the time to thank each one of you who has come to look at and order our new twist on one of the best and oldest Freshwater bait use for years and years J and R worm fram has live colored and non colored nightcrawlers worm for sale .
History of Colored Plastic Worms
The idea came when someone saw a string of long thin plastic and thought it looked like a worm – so they placed it on a hook and went fishing. With some trial and error, they realized they caught fish on a piece of black plastic string but after the water cleared up and the fish quit biting. Then the idea of using colors and softer plastics to create colorful artificial bait was born.
History of J & R Worm Farm
I was watching an old black and white western and starting wondering how the Indians made the colors use for the war paint, clothing, and jewelry. I spoke to a friend who teaches Native North American history and was told how they would use plants to make different colors. Then I went looking for a vermiculture professor to learn how to grow worms and then the wheels in my head started turning and the live colored earthworms came to be. We also have non colored earthworms for composting for gardening
I gave one of my younger brothers some of my colored earthworms and he said that he had one of his best fishing trips ever. So I gave some to a group of children fishing with their parents and they were really happy and excited to try the new bait. They looked for their favorite color and used them for fishing. Boy, was those children really happy, all because of using a live colored worm.
We also have done school events, like a field trip to the farm or bring worm to the schools as a show and tale with a lot of question and answers. The teachers and student all loved being able to see the worms and discover how the worms could make it more fun to go fishing with bright, colorful worms.
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By Larry Penkava
James Henderson is a colorful man, and he’s working to make colorful worms.
He established J&R Worm Farm last year, raising your run-of-the-mill fishing worms. Then a Western movie got him to thinking outside the box.
“I’m a big cowboys and Indians fan,” says Henderson at his home and business near High Rock Lake. “I saw a Western that made me think about worms — how the Indians used to make ceremonial paints, war paint. They got (the colors) from natural sources. So I started playing with that.”
Henderson, a large man with no front teeth, says he had been a long-distance trucker hauling freight to California and back. But the grind of driving for days on end resulted in two heart attacks and going on disability.
“I had to come up with something to get off disability,” he says.
The N.C. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services worked with Henderson to find something he could do with his skills.
“They helped me start the worm farm,” he says.
Growing fishing worms, or vermiculture, was a natural for someone living near High Rock. It meant Henderson had a built-in customer base.
But then he saw that Western movie and things went from black-and-white to living color.
Henderson, who described himself as a man who “ask(s) a lot of questions,” began researching natural colors. “I hooked up with two professors who helped me figure out how much of each berry or root made certain colors. I feed the natural colors to worms to see what happens.”
He was looking for blues, yellows, greens, purples and reds.
“This is a work in progress,” says Henderson. “It’s not an exact science yet. They’re not as bright as I want them to be.”
But the worms are displaying various colors and even trail streaks of blue or green behind them.
“I saw results about March of this year,” he says.
Henderson isn’t about to reveal what he feeds his worms to change their colors, but he does say he uses plenty of peat moss, rabbit pellets and even shredded paper in their diets.
Starting out in one building, he’s had to move to a larger space to accommodate his worms. Henderson has numerous wooden boxes to grow his earthworms in special soil.
Labels on the boxes tell him which color is which. He tries various ingredients to create particular colors, and results tell him which work better.
“It’s a slow process of turning colors,” he says.
The obvious question for Henderson is “why colors?” to which he responds, “Why do people buy colored plastic worms?”
The belief is that fish are attracted to bright colors. The downside with plastic worms is, they don’t wiggle.
“That’s the advantage of live worms,” he says.
And his worms, he says, are better than Canadian night crawlers, which are kept in a refrigerator between 33 and 40 degrees, then put on a hook and tossed into a warm lake.
“That kills them from shock,” says Henderson. “These don’t have to be refrigerated.”
From what he’s been hearing from customers, the colored worms are doing their job.
“I’ve been selling to local fishermen,” he says. “People are telling me they’re getting faster bites than the Canadian night crawlers. Mine have color and they’re still alive.”
Henderson says his worms are also cheaper. He sells a cup of 14 non-colored worms for $3 and a cup of colored worms for $5. He’ll ship an order at cost.
Henderson’s worms are creating a big-product — worm tea. It’s diluted worm castings that he says makes great organic food for plants. “You can use as little or as much as you want,” he says. “It’s good for plants.”
Although Henderson keeps his color recipes under wraps, he’s “willing to teach anyone for a price to grow colored worms. I try to educate people on worms as I’m learning.”
Henderson says he “was brought up by parents who couldn’t read and write, so I had to learn on my own. Life has always been a struggle for me, and that’s why I never give up.”
Called an entrepreneur by some, he says his advice to others is “don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Henry Ford thought outside the box and came up with the assembly line.”
“Don’t be afraid to try something,” Henderson adds, “no matter if people think you’re crazy. I’ve been called crazy all my life.
“Don’t be afraid to ask questions,” he continues. “The only stupid question is the one that didn’t get asked.”
One other thing: Don’t ever tell James Henderson he can’t do something. He’ll work like the dickens to prove you wrong.
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Henderson develops twist for earthworm bait
J and R Worm Farm owners James and Robin Henderson show off some of their colorful fishing worms they sell for fish bait at their business off Briggs Road in Southmont. Donnie Roberts/The Dispatch
By Sharon Myers
Published: Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 12:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 12:01 p.m.
James Henderson is the kind of businessman who likes to get in there and get his hands dirty. In fact, his whole operation depends on it.
Henderson and his wife, Robin, are the owners of J and R Worm Farm at High Rock Lake. He said he came up with the idea of opening the farm after going to the local vocational rehabilitation office looking to reenter the workforce. He had previously been a truck driver but had to leave that profession due to medical issues. Henderson said he started with a totally different idea than the one with which he walked out.
“I went up there for one thing, but they told me I didn’t have the skills to build what I was trying to produce,” Henderson said. “So I came up with this idea of making my own organic fertilizer. The regional manager perked up his ears and asked how I was going to do it. I told him it would be from worm castings, and the next thing I knew everyone was in the room talking about growing earthworms.”
Henderson said he began the business last October, but due to his lack of knowledge ended up losing a majority of his stock. He said vermiculture, the process of raising earthworms, is a little-known industry, and he learned most of his lessons through experience.
“There is no place you can go and get a formal education on this,” Henderson said. “You can go online, although information contradicts itself all the time. I lost half my stock last winter, because I didn’t know I needed to keep them in a heated building. It takes some trial and error.”
Although the idea of raising worms for themselves as well as their byproduct isn’t in itself new, Henderson has found a way of making his product stand out above the rest. He has created a process to color the worms through different roots and berries. He said not only are the worms more attractive to people, it is more attractive to fish just like lures. He said he got the idea from watching an old Western.
“I saw the Indians in the movie putting on their ceremonial, or war paint, if you will,” Henderson said. “I started thinking about how they made their paints out of roots and plants and berries. They couldn’t run down to Sherwin Williams or Walmart and buy dyes; they had to make it themselves. I got on the Internet and only found two places that offered colored worms. If you have a worm moving, you can use different-colored worms like you do a lure to bring in the fish."
Robin Henderson said the idea was fairly simple, and she was surprised no one had thought of it. Plus, using real worms have many added bonuses.
“If you would buy color plastic worms, why don’t you buy the real thing?” Robin Henderson said. “We found out now that people like to use colored worms for ice fishing. We are getting orders from all over the county. We have people who just want to come out and see what we are doing.”
Besides the worms, Henderson also sells the worm castings as organic fertilizer and the excess water from raising the worms as tea for plants. He is also working on a portable garden that utilizes a plastic barrel with internal composting. He says sometimes it is not coming up with a brand new idea, it's improving one that already exists that can make a splash. Henderson said the biggest thing about being a business owner is believing in your own capabilities and making that first leap.
“I have a great big wow factor going on right now,” Henderson said. “Most of the time I hear people say they’ve never seen anything like it. I am an entrepreneur who is always looking for new and different ideas. The worst part of going into business for yourself is that first step. Just remember, no one can pay you what you are worth beside yourself.”
Sharon Myers can be reached at 249-3981, ext, 228 or email@example.com. Follow Sharon on Twitter: @LexDisptachSM
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