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Worm Away Newsletter

“When you live on a round planet, there's no choosing sides.”
Dr. Wayne Dyer

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Vol. 7, Issue 5

 

 


Cathy squirming with worms at the Sound of Music Festival.

 

 

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What happens when two silk worms race?

They end in a tie.

 

 

 

 

Waxworms, not just a food source anymore.

Researchers say waxworms - a popular edible insect - could be useful for dealing with plastic that can't be recycled.

There’s been rising interest over the past year in entomophagy, which is defined as the consumption of insects as food.

One of the most popular edible insects is the waxworm. There are now recipes for waxworm cookies, tacos and stir fry – to name a few.

But waxworms, scientists from Stanford University and Beijing University, Beijing, have learned, could also be used to deal with plastic waste that can’t be recycled.

Waxworms are capable of chewing and eating plastic films.

A study that appeared in November in the journal Environmental Science & Technology reports that two bacterial strains found in the guts of waxworms were efficient at degrading polyethylene.

 

 

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 meeting:

Summer Sessions:

  • July 22, 2015 (8:45 am)
    Location:
    York Region Administration Centre
    Committee Room B
    17250 Yonge St. Newmarket
    Speakers: Mark - Daytek
  • Aug. 26, 2015 (11:00 am)
    Location:
    Garden Lore
    22379 Warden Ave. East Gwillimbury, ON
    Summer Potluck Picnic

Guests always welcome.

www.green-connections.com

Green Connections Film Festival

Mark August 7 on your calendar for the next instalment of the Green Connections Film Festival.

Our Next presentation:
Merchants of Doubt

Join us for a this very special presentation.

 

 

 

 

Random Pictures

Audra Brown from CityTV drops by to find out all about the worms.

Visit our Photo/Video Galleries

 

 

What sort of worm own's a video shop?

A Tapeworm.

 

 

Featured Videos
of the month:

The Bathroom Reinvented:
Virginia Gardiner


Worm approved Poo Loo.

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 Cathyssprouters.com 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
Feedback

So what do you think about the Worm Away Newsletter?

Have we wormed our way into your heart?


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We are looking for input for upcoming newsletters. Send us your comments, suggestions, stories and pictures. Please let us know of any wormy topics you would like to see covered here.

 

Please tell us what you think.
Follow this link to Feedback form.

Rick & Cathy,

The worms are doing great and are doing exactly what they are supposed to.

I can tell, even just visually, they have gone forth and multiplied.

Thank You,
Andrew C.



Hey, Cathy: Wow!!!!

You sure are getting very professional with your website. All the links make interesting reading and viewing.
Keep up the good work.

Blessings on you, your endeavours and your worms. :))

Jill B.

 

 


Happy Birthday Canada!

Recognition for Cathy's Green work.

Cathy Nesbitt awarded the prestigious Green Ruby.

 

Introduced in 2014, The Green Ruby is awarded annually to the person most exemplifying the "Green" attitude. The Green Ruby is in recognition of founding Green Connections partner and initial recipient Dan Ruby.

 


Karen Armstrong presents the Green Connections Network annual
"Green Ruby" award to Cathy Nesbitt for her leadership in green living.

Cathy has been the most fiercely dedicated Green Connections member from inception. One of the busiest people around, she also gives the most time, energy and passion of all our members. Cathy is always there to ensure the agenda happens; if the plan falters, she picks up. Cathy's optimism and consistent enthusiasm have been a major driving force propelling Green Connections to deliver amazing green networking events and green enlightenment opportunities.

"Thank you all for such kind words! There are lots of people doing great work for our beautiful planet. I am honoured to know so many. I am a proud recipient of this year's Green Ruby Award. 2015 is International Year of Soils and worms are the champion soil-makers."
~ Cathy Nesbitt

 

Worm Balls Baffle Park Rangers in Texas

Rangers in Eisenhower State Park in Texas were surprised by the appearance of a number of odd balls of worms lying in the centre of the road. What caused the worms to wriggle their way onto the roadway is still a mystery.

The squirms of worms were discovered late May by rangers cruising the back roads of the park. At first the rangers thought they had found piles of spaghetti in the middle of the road. The "Pasta" was later discovered to be hundreds or even thousands of earthworms. After three days the worms had enough and went back into the surrounding parkland.

The rangers still have no idea what prompted the worms to take a "roadtrip". Many theories have been put forward; A mating ritual? A defense tactic? Global warming? A prank?

Dale Overton, who studied ecology at the University of Manitoba has a theory that all the torrential rains that hit Texas flooded the worms out of their homes. The worms, seeking higher ground, made their way to the very centre of the road. “They actually ball together as a defence response.”

“There’s really no telling what their thought process might be. I mean, they’re worms,” he said, “but that’s what I’m going to guess happened here."

ed. note:
The flood waters are contributing to this behaviour but we would also like to know what pesticides and other chemicals have been added near the roads. These chemicals would also be pushed out by the flooding waters forcing the worms onto the roads.

If the worms were trying to get away from some offensive chemicals bubbling up on the roadside, the farthest away they could get would be the middle of the road.

 

 

Why Worms Matter

Worms Help in the Climate Change Battle

A recent Yale-led study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences demonstrated how worms are helping in our battle against climate change.

The study looked at the relationship between microbial life in the soil and carbon dioxide emissions. In healthy soil, microbes consume organic waste and release carbon. Worms feast on these carbon producing microbes and as a result less carbon is produced.

“Effectively the microbes that live in the soil are responsible for producing 10 times more carbon emissions than even humans have produced. That's the biggest flux of carbon into the atmosphere that there is on Earth."

For more info read Jessica Leigh Hester's full article.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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: July 4, 2015
Event: Aurora Farmers' Market & Artisan Fair
Location: Aurora Town Park
49 Wells Street, Aurora, ON

The Aurora Farmers' Market offers a wide selection of produce from local farmers, delicious food vendors, and beautiful creations by talented Artisans. On Special Event days, they offer free music for everyone’s enjoyment and crafts for children. The Market is open Saturdays (rain or shine), June through Oct. from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Stop by the Cathy's Crawly Composters booth to talk to Cathy and see what all the excitement is about Sprouts and our new Sprout Grower.

Date: July 7, 2015
Event: Worm Bin Composting
Location: Angus Glen Community Centre
Activity Room 4 - 3990 Major Mackenzie Drive East, Markham, ON

Learn the secrets of successful worm composting! Worms can be your best friend! Learn to turn kitchen scraps into valuable compost year-round. Great activity to involve kids! Whether you are a new or seasoned composter there’s something for everyone.
You will get advice on how to get started as well as tips and techniques for effective vermicomposting.
Free Admission - Click here to Register.

Date: July 11, 2015
Event: York Raw/Vegan Festival
Location: Newmarket Riverwalk Commons
200 Doug Duncan Drive, Newmarket

The York Raw/Vegan Festival offers all you need for healthy, cruelty-free, eco-friendly green living. You don`t have to be vegan to attend! Come and see why people are increasingly adopting a raw/vegan lifestyle. Stop by the Cathy's Crawly Composters booth to talk to Cathy and see what all the excitement is about Sprouts and our new Sprout Grower.
Cathy will also be leading a Laughter Yoga session: Do you love to laugh? Not getting enough? Laughter is inside everyone waiting to burst out. Laughter is universal and yet it has been bred out of us. Join Cathy Nesbitt and get your dose of laughter today. Laughter is the best medicine. Why attend a laughter club? To get the incredible benefits of laughing, it is essential to laugh long and hard for 10-15 minutes. It is a complete body work out.
Free Admission.

Date: July 13, 2015
Event: The Pitchfork Company - Simplicity of Sprouts - Grow your Own
Location: 1322B Gerrard St. East

Are you concerned that your food is lacking in essential nutrients? Did you know that sprouts are considered superfoods? Join Cathy Nesbitt of Cathy's Sprouters for an informative, fun evening learning about sprouts and how to grow them at home. Sprouts contain vitamins, minerals, fiber and protein. They are biogenic, hydrating, alkalizing and regenerative. Raw sprouts contain up to 100 times more digestive enzymes than raw vegetables. Adding sprouts to your life, adds life to your life.
Click here to register.

Date: August 8, 2015
Event: Aurora Farmers' Market & Artisan Fair
Location: Aurora Town Park
49 Wells Street, Aurora, ON

The Aurora Farmers' Market offers a wide selection of produce from local farmers, delicious food vendors, and beautiful creations by talented Artisans. On Special Event days, they offer free music for everyone’s enjoyment and crafts for children. The Market is open Saturdays (rain or shine), June through Oct. from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Stop by the Cathy's Crawly Composters booth to talk to Cathy and see what all the excitement is about Sprouts and our new Sprout Grower.

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

 

 


Did you know?

Neem Oil is a naturally occurring pesticide that can combat a number of garden pests.

Studies have shown that Neem oil can be a safer alternative to commercial pesticides as it is nearly nontoxic to bees ( no neonicotinoids), birds, fish and wildlife. The active component in Neem oil is called Azadirachtin and there is no cancer causing agents that have been linked to other insecticides.

How does it work?

Insects that consume Neem oil reduce or cease feeding altogether. It also hinders further breeding by interfering with hormone systems and not allowing the larvae to mature. This helps to prevent the spread of problem insect populations throughout your garden and lawn.

Neem trees are renown for water retention and surviving drought conditions. Dig a trench in your garden and place Neem disks in trench. Cover with soil. Neem disks will absorb water during rainfalls and expand to soak up excess moisture. They will then release water when soil drys out.

Find out more about Neem Disks.

 

 


 

 

 

 

Cover of Bradford Times

 

 

 

 

Liquid Lunch

 

 

 

 

Ground Chat

 

 

 

 

 

Real Gardener

 

 

 

 

 

EcoPedia

In the News

Print

  • Seedy Saturday in Scarborough set for Blessed Cardinal Newman Catholic High School
    A lot of people are reluctant to try indoor composting, and that’s how Cathy Nesbitt felt too - until the magic of the worms won her over.
    “They turn garbage into gold,” said Nesbitt, who has done this for 13 years and figures she’s diverted several tons of waste from landfill.
    “Compost is great, worm composting is greater.”
    Read article ...

     

Television/Video

  • Liquid Lunch on ThatChannel.com
    Cathy Nesbitt is the founder of Cathy's Composters that provides Canadian-made indoor worm composting systems that can be used in any condo, home, or apartment. It's part of your personal food security strategy and Cathy shows you how to get started today reducing waste and creating high quality organic soil with a completely odourless composter in your kitchen. (Plus the worms are even great for fishing, but they're actually great pets) In conversation with Hugh Reilly and Hildegard Gmeiner on Liquid Lunch at ThatChannel.
    View Episode ...

Twitter/Podcasts

  • Garden Chatter Google Hangout: Cathy joins Adam Cortell and Bren Haas for Garden Chatter on Google. Live broadcast interviewing with gardeners, garden writers, growers, and other experts in the field. How to Participate with Garden Chatter on Google: Click on the link provided for the week at Garden Chatters Schedule. The link on this page will lead you to a Google Event Page. Once you get to the page please be sure to click that you are ‘Going’ or ‘Maybe’ to the event.
    Check out video of event: Garden Chatter - Worm Composting.

     

  • #Groundchat with The Real Gardener.
    Soil — critical for gardening, growing and the planet is rarely discussed. #Groundchat is a Twitter-based live chat and was created to fill that gap. Every week we discuss soil-related topics, from soil types to soil’s effect on global climate change. Join Cathy and Cristina da Silva, The Real Gardener for Groundchat.
    Follow this link for a transcript of the Groundchat.

     

The Blog-O-Sphere

  • The Ecopedia - Worms, worms, worms ... adventures in Vermicomposting. I've been thinking about apartment composting for a while and happened to have my table stationed next to Cathy's Crawly Composters based in Bradford, Ontario. It may have been the catchy slogan 'Worm Away Your Garbage' or my highly active conscience, but when Cathy had some red wrigglers left over at the end of the event I decided to take the plunge.
    Read on ...

 

For all the wormy news please visit our website.

 

 

In Celebration of the Life of
John Northwood

It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of one of our heros, John Northwood.

As a tree farmer John had a big presence in the Arborist community. John was responsible for planting ten's of thousands of trees in the GTA. If you have enjoyed the shade under one of the many magnificent trees in many Toronto parks you have probably been the beneficiary of John's efforts.

John's generosity was legendary. While guest speaking at the Valentine's Day Beeton Horticultural Society meeting, Cathy met John and his lovely wife Barbara. They were so moved by Cathy's story, that they offered her a place in their barn to raise her worms.

"The space we offered them had been used in the winter for sapling storage," John Northwood, a retired arborist recalls. "It's frost free, and therefore perfect for Cathy's worms. Two days after I heard Cathy speak, I was so moved that I just had to call her, I wanted to help."

As well as his wonderful wife Barbara, John was extremely proud of his four children, ten grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.

For those with a keen eye, you may have spotted John in his cameo in our documentary: Squirm - The Cathy's Crawly Composters Story. John expresses his concern about the amount of waste being shipped to Michigan.

John, Thank you for all your support and encouragement. We are so grateful to have known you. You were one of the original environmentalists. You will be missed by all your family and friends and your legacy will continue grow like the many trees you gave us.

R.I.P. John Northwood
June 17, 1929 ~ June 16, 2015

 

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