Welcome to the Michigan SoilWorks CFT Learning Center
Congratulations on your interest in continuous flow vermicomposting! At Michigan SoilWorks, we manufacture the Michigan SoilWorks CFT, a precision-engineered, expandable, low-labor worm composting system.
We realize the purchase of an advanced vermicomposting system like a CFT is not taken lightly and we want our clients to be highly educated about a prospective purchase.
So we created this page with articles and videos to help you learn more about CFTs, to include information about their history, their current use, calculations of input and output capacities, frequently asked questions, and what you can expect after you purchase a Michigan SoilWorks CFT.
Experience the Michigan SoilWorks CFT
The Michigan Soilworks CFT is the new standard in medium-to-large scale vermicomposting systems. Precision and durability are at the heart of our design, ensuring your CFT provides 10 years or more of worry-free service. These videos will demonstrate the Michigan SoilWorks’ manufacturer’s motivation and dedication to precision and quality found in this elegant machine. We’d love to hear more about your story and what you’d like to do! Let’s have a no-sales pitch discussion on what Michigan SoilWorks can help you accomplish!
Watch the Assembly of a Michigan SoilWorks CFT
The Michigan SoilWorks CFT seen in this video is a 16-ft model assembled by Dan Lonowski of Michigan SoilWorks and Steve Churchill of the Urban Worm Company. Assembly should take two adults roughly 4 hours for a two-module, 16-ft CFT.
Polypropylene walls – impervious to moisture, will never decay
Corrosion-resistant steel cutting bar, cables and fasteners
Low-friction (HDPE) runner on guide rail
Cutting bar drive system with controller and sensors
Reversible high-torque 110V rectified DC gearmotor
How Do You Calculate Input and Output?
Calculating the input and output of any vermicomposting method depends on variables like climate, the quantity and type of feedstock, and the frequency and method of harvesting, producing a wide range of possible outcomes. CFTs provide a more consistent environment for vermicomposting, and thus we are able to provide our clients more accurate and predictable representations of input and output capacities. To learn more about how the assumptions behind our calculations, please see our Rates and Calculations page.
Business Opportunities with the Michigan SoilWorks CFT
Quick Reference Card
Sometimes it’s handy to have need-to-know information at your fingertips. Feel free to download this handy CFT vermicomposting quick reference card.
How much feedstock can a Michigan SoilWorks CFT process?
Our smallest 4×8 foot single-module CFT can process 7 cubic feet (or 1/4 of a cubic yard or 25 gallons) of organic waste feedstock per week. These numbers increase linearly with the number of 8-foot modules.
- 8 feet: 7 cubic feet
- 16 feet: 14 cubic feet
- 24 feet: 21 cubic feet
- 32 feet: 28 cubic feet
- 40 feet: 35 cubic feet
What is the output of a Michigan SoilWorks CFT?
- 8 feet: 3.5 cubic feet
- 16 feet: 7 cubic feet
- 24 feet: 10.5 cubic feet
- 32 feet: 14 cubic feet
- 40 feet: 17.5 cubic feet
Note: You will see somewhat different output numbers on our pricing table. This is to account for the difference between the screened castings and raw harvest output which includes not only the castings but also coarser, unprocessed material which can normally be recycled back into the CFT.
I am not in the US or Canada. Can I still purchase a Michigan SoilWorks CFT?
What are the sizes of your CFTs?
How much space do I need around a Michigan SoilWorks CFT?
I would like to build this CFT myself. Do you sell the plans?
What kind of worms should I use in my CFT?
- Eisenia fetida (Red wiggler)
- Eisenia andrei
- Lumbricus rubellus
- Eisenia hortensis; Dendrobaena veneta (European nightcrawler, ENC, Belgians, Super Reds) NOTE: European nightcrawlers burrow deeper than red wigglers and may not be the optimal choice for CFTs.
Tropical Climate Species
- Eudrilus eugeniae (African nightcrawler, ANC) Note: African nightcrawlers also burrow deeper than red wigglers and some users report that African nightcrawler castings are susceptible to falling through the CFT’s mesh prior to harvest.
- Perionyx excavatus ( Malaysian / Indian Blue)
How many worms should I purchase for my Michigan SoilWorks CFT?
Can I breed worms in a CFT?
While you would likely observe excellent reproduction in your Michigan SoilWorks CFT, these systems are for vermicomposting rather than vermiculture.
What is the payback time on a Michigan SoilWorks CFT?
Is there financing available for a CFT purchase?
The First 20 Weeks with Your Michigan SoilWorks CFT
The First 20 Weeks with Your Michigan SoilWorks CFT
- Assemble the CFT
- Line grating with paper
- Add 8 inches of bedding and 4 inches of feedstock
- Add composting worms at 1/2lb per square foot
First Consultation with Michigan SoilWorks
Filling It Up
Add 2 inches of feedstock per week and water your CFT
Second Consultation with Michigan SoilWorks
Harvesting the Base Layer
- Harvest 1 round trip to remove base bedding
- Recycle bedding material back into bin
- Add 2 inches of feedstock 2 times per week
First Production Harvest!
- Harvest 1 round trip per week
- Add 2 inches of feedstock 2x per week
- Continue harvesting one round trip per week
- Continue adding 2 inches of feedstock 2 times per week
Third Consultation with Michigan SoilWorks
You're Off and Running!
Your Michigan SoilWorks CFT has reached production-level efficiency and will now be producing rich vermicompost for sale or for use in your operation.
Michigan SoilWorks will remain available to answer any questions you may have along the way.