This girl turns her trash into cash

Carlos Echarte

Staff Writer, Palm Beach Gardens Campus


The young entrepreneur, Melissa Corichi, has created a remarkable business here in South

Florida. She has created a business that not only gives her some extra dollars, but also helps

keep the environment clean. The name of the business is called “Let it Rot.” Corichi uses Earth

worms that eat food waste and in return the worms produce soil. The soil that she collects

from the worms is actually worm poop. The fascinating thing about the soil is it is organic and

plants love it! Corichi said, “In the agriculture world they call it black gold.” Corichi brought her black gold to the Palm Beach State College Earth Day event.

The event was held on April 14 2016 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Let’s find out more about her business.

How did you get started?

Corichi: I started this business while taking a class called “social entrepreneurship” at FAU.

Where do you get your trash to feed your worms?

Corichi: I go to the Palm Beach county food bank and pick up their food waste. After that I feed

the worms the food waste, I use the worm poop to sell as soil.

How long does it take for the food waste to turn into soil?

Corichi: From the moment I put the food waste in the compost box, it takes five months to

produce our soil.

How many pounds of soil do you get in a week?

Corichi: I get about forty-five pounds of soil in a week. My soil can be found at I sell my soil for $10.00 a pound, and we also help others build their own worm composting system and I teach them how to maintain it.

The company Corichi developed has gone through hurdles, she says “it was not a profitable business at first.” But now her business is making a good profit. She began her business journey in May 2015 and plans to expand her business in the years to come. Corichi says “If it was not for Nathaniel Smith, I would not be able to handle all the work.” Nathaniel Smith is the muscle in the business. He builds all the worm compost systems and plans on getting becoming an engineer. Both Corichi and Smith have attended Palm Beach Sate College. At the moment Corichi and Smith plan to compost one hundred thousand pounds of food waste by the end of this year.