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Worm Away Newsletter

”Be careful when you blindly follow the Masses ... Sometimes the 'M' is silent."
A message from Facebook for Black Friday.

In this issue ...


Happy Holidays Issue

Vol. 7, Issue 7



Cathy with sprouting Guru Tony Hornick.



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What happens when two silk worms race?

They end in a tie.





Something new in Networking

Green Connections
A business group with a Green attitude.

Green Connections is now incorporated as a Non-for-profit organization.

Next meetings:

  • Jan. 27, 2016 (8:45 am)

Guests always welcome.

Green Connections Film Festival

Mark December 4th on your calendar for the next instalment of the Green Connections Film Festival.

Our Next presentation:

Is access to clean drinking water a basic human right, or a commodity that should be bought and sold like any other article of commerce?

Join us for this very special presentation.




Random Pictures

Cathy sharing a stage with Justin Trudeau.

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What do you get when you cross a worm with an elephant?

Big holes in your garden.




Featured Videos
of the month:

The Story of Bottled Water

The story of manufactured demand.

Although it already flows from the tap, Americans buy more than half a billion bottles of water every week.

Click here to see video








Sprouting Beans

Looking for a little variety in your sprouting beans?

Crimson, French, Small & Large lentils. Fenugreek, Chickpea, Speckled Pea and of course the main stay, Mung beans are all now available to spice up your taste buds.

Come to to find out more.




Save your money!

Want/need worms? Want to save the shipping?
Why not attend one of our upcoming events and pick up your worms at the same time. Come and see the worms up close and personal.

We often sell out at events, pre-orders will guarantee you can what you want.

To see when we will be coming to an event near you please visit our events page.





Jimi Hendrix - An innovative guitarist whose solos often feature creative use of feedback

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Have we wormed our way into your heart?

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I recently met Cathy and enjoyed her delicious sprouts! I started sprouting today-can't wait to enjoy my daily sprouts ;)

Thanks Cathy for all you do to make this planet a better place namaste :)

Joanne M.

Hi Cathy. I feel I have to let you know that there is a huge difference in the quality of sprouts from your beans to those I purchased at the Bulk Barn. But you know this of course. Never, ever will I buy beans elsewhere. I am so happy to be back enjoying my delicious morning sprouts.
Thanks Cathy

Tina G.



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Possibly the Best Gift Idea This Season.

The Super Simple Sprouter

Are you looking for that unique gift this year that says I Love You So Much I want to keep you around?

This year give the gift of health.

Sprouts are so high in nutritional value that they are considered nature's Superfood. Packed with vitamins, minerals, proteins, enzymes and phytochemicals, sprouts have been shown to help digestion, increase energy levels and provide a boost to the immune system.

We now have a selection of certified organic beans available for sprouting.

Order your sprouter today!

"(Sprouts) supply the highest amount of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, etc. of any food per unit of calorie."

Lucie Desjarlais, RNC


Worm Chalet - Christmas Special:

(reg. $245)


  • Worm Chalet
  • 1 lb. Red Wiggler Worms
    (Special with Euros add $10)
  • Instruction Manual
  • Sure-Close Collection Container
  • DVD: Squirm - The Cathy's Crawly Composters Story



Green Bin (Basic kit) - Christmas Special:

(reg. $125)


  • Basic Vermicomposter
    (19x16x12 inches)
  • 1 lb. Red Wiggler Worms
    (Special with Euros add $10)
  • Instruction Manual
  • Sure-Close Collection Container
  • DVD: Squirm - The Cathy's Crawly Composters Story


Contact us today to insure delivery by Christmas.  1-888-775-9495



Newmarket Couple Blows Off A Big Wedding
To Support Syrian Refugees

Some people simply talk the talk. These two newlyweds put the money where the bouquet is.

Samantha Jackson and Farzin Yousefian could have had a huge, lavish wedding, as so many couples do.

Instead, they took the tens of thousands of dollars it would have cost them and put it to a good cause: sponsoring a family fleeing the war in Syria.

“We were in the midst of wedding planning in September when that devastating photo of 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi found on a beach came out,” Samantha said. “Like so many other people, we became acutely aware of how bad the situation was getting and how important it was to act and do something positive, so we canceled the wedding and redirected the funds.”

"Like many of our friends, we knew we wanted to do something to make a difference in the Syrian humanitarian crisis. Realizing that coming together with family and friends would create the strongest impact, we decided to make our upcoming wedding double as a fundraiser.

"We cancelled our planned ceremony to instead get married at City Hall. Rather than a reception, we will be hosting a fundraiser where friends and family are encouraged to celebrate with us by donating to the Ryerson Lifeline Syria Challenge. We feel very fortunate to be able to contribute in a small way with the support of those around us."

“Our wedding was perfect,” said the bride, “and it was definitely the perfect way to start our marriage.”

Some of you with good eyes and an even better memory may remember Sam as our first mascot. For a couple of summers Samantha played the role of "Casey the Worm". Even back then I think we realized that Samantha Jackson was some kind of special.

To help Samantha & Farzin reach their goal and make a donation please follow this link the Ryerson Lifeline Syria Challenge.

For further information and an interview with this amazing couple please check out the video.



The Value of Worms - 1940's Style

The Classified section of a 1949 Organic Gardening magazine shows how popular the Worms were back in the '40's. It seems that people back then understood the value of worms as soil regenerators. Compost and Worm Castings were used to build soil-structure instead of chemical fertilizers.


















Upcoming Events

Want/need worms? Want to save the shipping? Why not attend one of our upcoming events ... come and see the worms up close and personal. We often sell out at events, pre-orders will guarantee you can get what you want.

Date: December 12, 2015
Event: Elf Day - Holiday Bazaar
Location: Sharon Public School
18532 Leslie Street, Sharon, On

Ring in the holiday season, support local producers and entrepreneurs, and check off some of the holiday gift and food shopping on your list! There will be a wide selection of foods, goodies and gifts locally made. Cathy will be on hand with her Super Simple Sprouter.

Date: January 8, 2016
Event: Environmental and Sustainability Education Eco-Fair
Location: OISE Library
252 Bloor St. W. Toronto ON

Environmental and Sustainability Education is a pillar of education in Ontario, and at OISE we strive to integrate these concepts and practices into our teaching and learning. The goal of the Eco-Fair is to share educational initiatives in Environmental and Sustainability Education by local community organizations and NGOs with our students, faculty and staff. Cathy will be on hand , spouting off about sprouts and talking about the beauty of vermiculture.

Date: January 12, 2016
Event: Simplicity of Sprouts
Location: Beeton Rotary Hall
72 Second St Beeton, ON

Sprouts are considered nature's superfood. Learn how to grow sprouts on the counter in 24-48 hours. Adding sprouts to your life adds life to your life. Worms for amending the soil and sprouts for eating are going to help solve world hunger. Admission: $5 for guests.

Date: January 30 - 31, 2016
Event: 34th Annual Guelph Organic Conference & Expo
Location:University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario

Organics, what's the buzz? Canada's Premiere Organic Event! This four-day event will feature over 150 booths, workshops, seminars and expert panels. Find out all about Sprouts and Sprouting. Why are Sprouts considered a Superfood? How about Vermicomposting? Is this the year to start your worm bin? Be sure to visit Cathy's Crawly Composters booth on the lower level and see Cathy's talk on Saturday afternoon: The organic garden: feed the soil with worms, compost & beneficials.
Free admission to marketplace - Free Weekend Parking.

For a full listing and directions to all events please visit our website.



John Rolfe (the man who married Pocahontas) may have been responsible for bringing earthworms to North America.

It is just possible that John Rolfe was responsible for the worms—specifically the common night crawler and the red marsh worm, creatures that did not exist in the Americas before Columbus. Rolfe was a colonist in Jamestown, Virginia, the first successful English colony in North America. Most people know him today, if they know him at all, as the man who married Pocahontas. A few history buffs understand that Rolfe was one of the primary forces behind Jamestown's eventual success. The worms hint at a third, still more important role: Rolfe inadvertently helped unleash a convulsive and permanent change in the American landscape.

Like many young English blades, Rolfe smoked—or, as the phrase went in those days, "drank"—tobacco, a fad since the Spanish had first carried back samples of Nicotiana tabacum from the Caribbean. Indians in Virginia also drank tobacco, but it was a different species, Nicotiana rustica. Virginia leaf was awful stuff, wrote colonist William Strachey: "poor and weak and of a biting taste." After arriving in Jamestown in 1610, Rolfe talked a shipmaster into bringing him N. tabacum seeds from Trinidad and Venezuela. Six years later Rolfe returned to England with his wife, Pocahontas, and the first major shipment of his tobacco. "Pleasant, sweet, and strong," as Rolfe's friend Ralph Hamor described it, Jamestown's tobacco was a hit. By 1620 the colony exported up to 50,000 pounds (23,000 kilograms) of it—and at least six times more a decade later. Ships bellied up to Jamestown and loaded up with barrels of tobacco leaves. To balance the weight, sailors dumped out ballast, mostly stones and soil. That dirt almost certainly contained English earthworms.

Read the full story from National Geographic about how John Rolfe and Christopher Columbus may have been responsible for changing most of the world's biology.


Enjoyed the meal?
Your cost: a bag of organic waste.

Cap and Trade is a environmental strategy that governments can use to control carbon emissions. In theory, target amounts of carbon pollutants are set for businesses and any unused quotas can be traded for profit. A company in Austria, in conjunction with Vienna Design Week, opened a temporary resturant that dealt in a "Scrap and Trade" policy.

The restaurant called Biomat, served up Tofu, Pasta and other goodies. The cost for a meal here was your organic waste. The amount of waste collected would be weighed and converted into a nutrition value voucher. This voucher would then be applied as a credit on your meal to cover the cost.

"Our products fulfill the demands of an environmentally aware consumer generation, NATURABIOMAT® is happy to support this project."




Cover of Bradford Times





In the News


  • Daytime (Simcoe Region)
    It's waste reduction week and Cathy returns to Daytime (Simcoe Region) to talk with Jeff Faulkner & Jennifer Gordon about how the worms can help reduce the amount of waste going to the landfill.
    View Episode ...

  • Daytime (York Region)
    Cathy returns to Daytime (York Region) to talk with Jeff Moore about sprouts and healthy gift giving. Give the gift of health this Christmas.
    View Episode ...

The Blog-O-Sphere

  • Organic Gardening Tips - Guelph Organic Conference
    The anticipation when you purchase your seeds. The feel of the soil on your hands. The excitement of seeing those first seeds sprout. And hopefully…. the satisfaction of a bountiful harvest! There are lots of exciting aspects to gardening. For those starting out, as well as those with years of experience, we assembled these organic gardening tips from Cathy Nesbitt, Owner of Cathy’s Crawly Composters and Glenn Munroe, Proprietor of Worms and Associates.
    Read On ...


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