May 16, 2018
A few years ago, my wife and I created several raised bed garden plots in our yard. We wanted to grow a variety of veggies organically. For the first 3 years we used organic fertilizers to enrich the soil. That worked to some degree but was expensive. We got the idea to compost our green waste and tried some of the approaches found on Youtube.
Then we discovered worm composting (vermicomposting) using bins and so went in search of worms, and found Burnaby Red Wigglers. That is when we met Bintoro. He sold us (at very reasonable rates) some worm castings for our immediate garden needs as well as a pound of Red Wigglers, which we learned are the perfect composting worm. He also visited us at our home and gave us thorough (free) analysis. of our gardening methods and taught us a lot about vermiculture/vermicomposting and the best way to produce worm castings for our garden.
We later found out that he is eminently qualified to give this advice since he holds a doctorate in this area. But what struck us more than his credentials in the care, passion and commitment in his approach. Bintoro has a larger vision and that is to teach the awareness of 'green' culture wherever he can. The worms and castings Bintoro sells are just the means to achieve that greater vision; his vast knowledge and advice he shares freely.
Since we met over five years ago, we have never needed more worms. We built a larger wooden bin and the offspring of the original pound of worms have thrived through extremely hot and very cold weather. We have harvested worm castings several times since then, though some seasons we've had to purchase a bucket or two of Bintoro's castings to cover our needs. This was the first year we produced enough worm castings to fertilize our garden completely.
We should also say that worm castings are all you need to fertilize your garden, and the abundance of produce coming from our four garden plots are sure proof of this Bintoro taught us how to use worms to create an independent 'green' cycle from table, to compost, to garden, to table. We are not dependent on expensive store-bought fertilizers anymore and it now costs us virtually nothing except the small cost of seeds to maintain this cycle.
Though we stay in touch with Bintoro and make the occasional visit to the website (www.burnabyredwigglers.com) for more info. He is almost out of our garden loop, since he has taught us how vermiculture/vermicomposting (nature's original system) works. But his reward is that his mission is accomplished and we are experiencing greater gardening confidence and success.
In our gratitude we wanted to share our story so that others might benefit from Bintoro's worm wisdom. It is true that we "reap what we sow," and we hope you will experience much abundance as you take advantage of Bintoro's ongoing commitment to the world of worms.
Doug and Kathleen
North Vancouver, BC
April 10, 2018
My husband called up Burnaby Red Wigglers to order a pound of compost worms and a gallon bag of vermicompost as I wanted to compost my family food wastes as well as fertilize my growing houseplants. We are able to pick up our order in the same day!
Mr. Bintoro gave us an on the spot rundown on caring for the worms, when he realized that I had no experience whatsoever, he also emailed some tips and links when I had further enquiries. As I researched more on vermicomposting via the links he gave, I discovered that he is actually a professor in his field!
Overall, I am very satisfied with quality/health of the worms, vermicompost, and service. My worm population has increased in just three weeks and I can spot countless cocoons in my homemade bins. I highly recommend Burnaby Red Wigglers service and products!
February 20, 2018
From the recent worm castings or vermicompost order we placed, I'm very happy with the results so far. I've also been making aerated vermicompost tea with the last batch of vermicompost and have had great results in terms of growing out the proper aerobic microorganisms required for optimal plant growth. We have also bought compost worms from Burnaby Red Wigglers and have been very pleased with the overall health and condition of the worms.
Sunshine Coast, BC
November 5, 2017
I have been getting worm castings (vermicompost) and compost worms (red wigglers) from Burnaby Red Wigglers for several years. The vermicompost is incomparable in its quality and effect on my plants! I have stronger plants, more blooms and, overall, more nutrient rich soil. Bintoro has an immense wealth of knowledge on red wiggler worms... his passion is contagious! Thank you BRW!!
Community Compost Instructor
April 1, 2017
Burnaby Red Wigglers is not only a great source for composting worms/red wigglers, but Bintoro is also one of the most knowledgeable people in the industry. He is a wealth of information and a trustworthy person to do business with.
March 8, 2017
Burnaby Red Wigglers provided us with the composting worms and know-how to not only dispose of our office organic waste, but build a better office culture. Pride in our greener environment and team spirit in caring for our red wigglers worms made our breaks a lot more fun!
Vivian Evans Walker
Harrison Hot Springs, BC
November 1, 2016
We purchased composting worms and bedding worm castings or vermicompost from Burnaby Red Wigglers for my classroom using "Worm Factory" container. It is still early, so I am hoping that the worms are doing okay. The gentleman who delivered them was on time and very friendly!
Grade 3 Teacher
Ecole Qaygayt Elementary School
New Westminster, BC
April 1, 2016
The students are enjoying looking at the worms, cocoons and worm castings. The teacher is using the website you recommended http://extension.illinois.edu/worms/index.cfm . Once again thank you Burnaby Red Wigglers for your help.
Teacher, Alpha Secondary School
March 8, 2016
AMS Sustainability had an excellent experience working with Burnaby Red Wigglers. BRW was prompt with the responses and the pick up of the compost worms was set up immediately. The worms provided to us were very healthy and Bintoro gave us extensive advice on how to keep them thriving. Our worms are doing very well and we would not hesitate to do business with BRW again.
AMS Student Society of University of British Columbia
October 15, 2015
Burnaby Red Wigglers has been supplying worms for the City of Coquitlam's vermicomposting workshops for over 2 years now. I am appreciative of how quickly I was able to receive worms on such short notice for my workshops this year. BRW went above and beyond by separating the cocoons/eggs for my students as an added teaching opportunity on the life cycle of red wigglers.
City of Coquitlam, BC
Burnaby Red Wigglers has been a great supplier of compost worms for the City of Vancouver worm bin program. We have supplied the worm bin kits for over 10 years now, and all of about 250 pounds of worms that we have purchased appear to have been happy and healthy!
Keep up the great work, BRW.
John Paul, PhD PAg.
Transform Compost Systems
June 21, 2015
I really appreciated Burnaby Red Wigglers’ prompt responses and accommodations with regards to arranging a pickup from out of town for worms and starter (bedding inoculum). Bintoro provided useful “initiation" information in order to effectively start up a vermicomposting system for my kitchen scraps… great material for the veggie garden! I would highly recommend his products for those interested in this greener way to taking care of food waste. His passion infused with his education in biology make for a fun, informed individual to work with. Thanks BRW!
Kurt Deschner, BSc MD
Outdoor enthusiast and hobby vegetable gardener
February 4, 2015
My experience with Burnaby Red Wigglers was absolutely great. Having no prior vermicomposting experience, BRW made sure to address any concerns or questions I had. I do not live in Burnaby, however within a few hours of contacting Bintoro he had a shipment of worms and worm castings as a starter for bedding on its way to me. He checked in to make sure the worms had arrived, and after a few days again to see if I had any questions. I would highly recommend Burnaby Red Wigglers for all your vermicomposting needs!
January 14, 2015
Thanks for the Great Worms for our Hungry Bins!
November 17, 2014
I first contacted Burnaby Red Wigglers and talked with Bintoro because I needed a large quantity of red wigglers for my customers and boy did he deliver! With just a few hours notice, I was able to purchase supreme quality compost worms which were perfect red wiggler specimens packaged in a beautiful bed of finished worm cast or vermicompost ready for use.
After checking in with my customers a few weeks later, I was pleasantly surprised to learn BRW’s worms have been devouring food scraps while quickly multiplying in quantity, a true testament to their health and vigor. In addition I purchased a pail of his vermicompost to use as bedding to start one of my Hungry Bins and the result was a perfect environment for compost worms facilitating the rapid increase in population I was hoping for.
In addition to providing great products for worm composting enthusiasts, Bintoro is a wealth of information on the subject and is always willing to share his time with customers by answering questions and providing information not readily available. I highly recommend Burnaby Red Wigglers for all your worm composting needs.
Entrepreneur and landscape designer
December 16, 2014
Burnaby Red Wigglers has visited Wastewater treatment plant and Biosolids facilities, Metro Vancouver at Annacis Island.
November 4, 2014
Burnaby Red Wigglers has participated the discussion on the launching of Citypod, a food waste composter at the Student Union, University of British Columbia, Vancouver Campus.
October 25, 2014
Burnaby Red Wigglers has been supplying the compost worms for the worm composting workshop by City Farmer Vancouver in spring, summer and autumn since 2012. http://www.cityfarmer.info/wormcomposting/
September 10, 2014
Burnaby Red Wiglers has given a presentation at Utility Residuals Management, Liquid Waste Services, Metro Vancouver.
July 22, 2014
Burnaby Red Wigglers has participated the Sustainability Dialogues: Moving up the Waste Hierarchy http://www.metrovancouver.org/region/dialogues/Pages/default.aspx
Metro Vancouver will be banning on disposing organic materials (including food scraps and compostable organics) starting in 2015.
July 25, 2014
Burnaby Red Wigglers was the winner in Vermicompost Image Contest 2014 for LinkedIn discussion group Vermicomposting Network.
March 21, 2014
We got the compost worms from Burnaby Red Wigglers for workshop. The workshops went well. The kids enjoyed playing with the worms and learning more
about them and composting. We gave one of the teachers the worms to start a new compost bin. Thanks.
Gaik Beng Khoo
Operation Clerk & Sustainability Coordinator
University of British Columbia
I have purchased composting worms or red wigglers from Burnaby Red Wigglers on many occasions. Bintoro Gunadi was always very helpful. He was able to answer all of my questions and he provided me with many great tips on how to build a worm composting bin for my workshop. I would recommend Burnaby Red Wigglers to anyone who is interested in purchasing red wigglers and getting started with worm composting. Thank you Bintoro!
January 14, 2014
January 7, 2014
Burnaby Red Wigglers has been a reliable supplier for Eisenia andrei composting worms. Our laboratory sent these worms for DNA barcoding, and they were positively identified to be E. andrei. Bintoro is always a pleasure to work with, and the worms arrived safely when shipped in freezing winter -20⁰C weather! I will definitely be ordering from this company again in the future.
HydroQual Laboratories Ltd.
October 26, 2013
Worms, wiggly and alive what a wonderful gift to give, I guess not for the squeamish. However it was a great gift for my son’s birthday. He does not like the consumerism and is concerned about our relationship with the environment.
Red wigglers are a self-sustaining gift provided by Bintoro, and include shipping and handling by XpressPost. From vegetable peelings and a bedding of waste paper they produce a gardener's gold---castings enriched with nutrients. These wrigglers produce more hard working composters.
Also my son has a son and what little boy or girl doesn't like squirmy things that might make others squeamish? It will be a fun and interactive way of teaching and enriching our earth literally the dirt that sustains us.
Prince George, BC
October 14, 2013
Through the Vermicomposting Network in LinkedIn
July 30, 2013
We purchased worms for our office vermicomposter from Bintoro. He is a wealth of information and is so willing to teach and passionate about his subject that our project has been a great success. I highly recommend him as someone who can open your mind to ideas you might never have considered - such as having worms eat a pound a day of our office waste!
North Vancouver, BC
Burnaby Red Wigglers have participated and provided Ruby Streaks mustard plants at
Spring Bazaar & Plant Sale
Saturday, May 11th 2013 at 11am - 3pm
Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre
6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby BC V5E 4M7
April 19, 2013
I have lived in the west coast of British Columbia for a long time and have been able to enjoy
backyard composting all year round. A year ago I moved to northern British Columbia and been disappointed with my compost pile being inactive for all those winter months! So I decided to begin
Since I couldn't find any supplier of red wigglers in the north, I contacted Bintoro who has been more than helpful with providing me with all the information needed to make the right decision in purchasing and shipping the worms.
The worms were sent on Canada XPress post on the Monday morning and I received them on the Wednesday morning. They were all alive and comfortably placed in a perforated bag with plenty of moist bedding. I appreciated all the communication with him about the vermiculture, especially with the shipping arrangements as I was worried that the worms would be stock at the post office over the weekend.
Lover of compost!
March 11, 2013
My plants are loving the worm castings Burnaby Red Wigglers provided me. They are extremely healthy and green. My wife and I truly enjoy organic gardening and appreciate the fact that we can get quality nutrients from someone local. Our vegetables have never tasted so good! We are getting our garden prepared for Spring and will need some more castings soon.
Carpenter and organic gardener
North Vancouver, BC
November 22, 2012
I am writing in praise of the services and expertise Bintoro has provided as a supplier of composting worms (Eisenia andrei). There are few suppliers of composting worms in Canada, of which Bintoro was the only supplier I was readily able to identify as taking a technical approach to vermiculture. This is abundantly evidenced by the various technical discussions and literature citations on his website.
Species identification is critical for scientific research, as different species may exhibit different responses to toxicants and other stimuli. In this particular case, two morphologically similar earthworm species, E. andrei and E. fetida, are commonly used for composting. These two species are difficult to discern without training and do not interbreed in mixed cultures. Bintoro’s academic background and previous work experience, as well as his willingness to provide the keys and support literature used to make his species determination, were key in providing assurance that the worms being supplied were of the species I requested.
I have already recommended Bintoro’s services to other individuals seeking taxonomically pure earthworm cultures, and would not hesitate to do so for anyone else requiring composting worms or vermiculture expertise.
October 6, 2012
Your class has been so informative and your knowledge is very extensive in your field of work. I appreciate your commitment to better our local communities through vermiculture-vermicomposting and natural waste management. Thank you so much for your continuing support!
Jessica H. Newman
Workshop August 31, 2012:
Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge. Not only do my students and children find studying the composting worms fascinating but your knowledge on the effectiveness and health benefits of vermicomposting is important to share as well. Studying the worms makes an engaging science and environmental studies; unit that applies to my students’ real lives.
Christine M. Hyde
Teacher grade 2/3
North Vancouver, BC
Thank you for the opportunity to participate in your workshop. Your willingness to share your knowledge, experience and passion about the future of vermiculture and vermicomposting is truly inspirational. I look forward to learning more from you and am well aware how fortunate those of us that wish to learn more from you.
Owner, Proactive Building Maintenance and businessman
Your lecture was very informative and helpful. I found it instructive in understanding the life of the red wigglers compared to ordinary worms and their environment that is needed compared to just dumping kitchen scraps in a pile and turning it from time to time. It was helpful being part of a group who have been composting as their questions were interesting too.
Artist and gardener
Workshop May 26, 2012:
I really enjoyed the workshop in a friendly atmosphere, and it was quite an eye opener. Now I know what worm composting should look like, and I realized that I've been doing wrong all along!
Regional government employee and volunteer streamkeeper
It was very insightful and educational. Hopefully my worm bin will work out this time around.
VP of carrier services/partner, Worldwebnet Telecom Inc.
I just want to start off by saying thank you for the workshop. It was very interesting to me to see where you are looking to take your skill. I think it would be very beneficial to the local community once it gets going and more exposure to the people is the key. I enjoyed the workshop and watching you talk about something you truly care about and the love and respect you have for the worms and all the organisms surrounding vermiculture-vermicomposting is admirable. I hope we can continue to stay in touch and eventually work together if the opportunities arise.
Electrician with a strong interest in organic gardening and ecology
Really enjoyed the workshop. I'd done a lot of reading on line and really felt that I was probably not going to pick up much I didn't already know. Now I feel I don't know enough! So glad I did this before I started my vermiculture. Bintoro is so knowledgeable and just one of those people with a real passion for what he's doing. He is so willing to share his knowledge and he is clear and practical.
Physician and farmer's wife
Vermiculture - Vermicomposting and Organic Gardening
South Burnaby Garden Club, Tuesday May 1, 2012, 7:30pm
Workshop April 28, 2012:
Great workshop! Lot more people than I expected!
IT technologist and gardener
North Vancouver, BC
I really enjoyed the workshop with you yesterday! I learned a lot of useful things and plan to include some of the information in our classes at City Farmer. Your passion for vermiculture/vermicomposting is infectious! You are very knowledgeable but at the same time humble and patient. You explain the concepts in a simple manner making it easy for anyone to understand, even if you don’t have a science background. I plan to regularly visit your site to learn more and also hope to participate in your workshops in the future.
Vermicomposting instructor, City Farmer
Workshop: Learn about worms at upcoming session. Burnaby Now, Wednesday April 11, 2012, page 16.
The wormy wonder of red wigglers. Burnaby Now, Friday March 30, 2012, page 13.
December 23, 2011
…when it comes time to buy worms, the man with the best prices, the best worms and the best advice in town, is…
March 14, 2011
...who is incredibly knowledgeable about worm composting. He sold me the worms plus some worm castings to get the project going. Great guy, and it was kind of fun meeting him...