Hello! I'm an elementary educator in a Montessori school in Oklahoma. Our school is home to many reptiles and even chickens, so mealworms are a part of the weekly purchases for our classrooms. I accidentally started farming them last summer when we wound up having too many on hand for a while. A couple of weeks ago, after word spread across campus that I had an ongoing stash and my population dwindled from sharing, I decided to make it an official farm. The bonus is, I'll get my students involved as a very cool classroom extension. I have already starting planning what jobs they will have on a daily and weekly basis to keep the farm going.
Watching Space Coast's video about his weekly process inspired me (seriously, the info was just what I needed), and I now have my first series of trays going. I'm trying to get started from what I had left in my population of beetles, larvae, and eggs, but I'm realizing that will take weeks. Still, it's fun to watch and I'm grateful to find this new resource. I am hopeful that by the end of this coming summer I'll have a decent-sized operation, and maybe we can even turn it into a classroom business, providing worms to our families who have reptiles, too!
Thanks for all the info!