Since 2015, Güneşköy's worm population has been growing. Starting in 1m3 boxes, they were moved into more appropriate conditions where continue to produce vermicast throughout the year.
These are of course red worms, not those we find enriching the soil. The first Eisenia fetida worms (also known as redworm or brandling worms) reached Güneşköy in 2008. With lack of experience and information, this pioneer population somehow survived many months before disappearing. Vermiculture is not the easy option that is often protrayed in the media. Worms require food, humidity and darkness; for optimal vermicast production, many factors need to be considered.