Cathy's Crawly Composters, Vermicomposting, Indoor composting with Red Wiggler Worms

Worm Away Newsletter

“The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.”
Jon Hammond

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Spring Issue

Vol. 7, Issue 4

 

 

Cathy gets her Laughter Yoga Leader Certificate.

Get ready to laugh.

 

 

 

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What happened to the glow worm who was squashed?

He was de-lighted!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time to get those calendars out and reserve August 10 & 11 for the 16th annual
NC State University Vermicomposting Conference.

This event will provide the tools you need to start or expand an earthworm and vermicompost production operation. You will also learn the latest research on the effects of vermicompost and extracts (tea) on plant growth and disease suppression, how growers are effectively marketing earthworms and vermicompost, and the different technologies being utilized. At this conference there will be ample opportunities to get answers to your questions from industry experts and other growers.

Follow this link for more information.

 

 

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:

  • Mar. 25, 2015 (8:45 am)
    Location: East Gwillimbury Sports Complex 1914B Mount Albert Rd. Sharon, ON (Canada Hall A)
    Speakers:
    * Food & Water First
    * Dirt Devils Compost
    * Mrs Greenjeans - Dagmar Schoenrock.

 

Guests always welcome.

www.green-connections.com

Green Connections Film Festival

Mark April 10 on your calendar for the next installment of the Green Connections Film Festival.

Our Next presentation:
Symphony of the Soil

Join us for a this very special presentation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Random Pictures

Susan, Cathy and Duncan yuck it up after viewing
Laughology - The Movie.

Visit our Photo/Video Galleries

 

 

 

What is the best advice to give a worm?

Sleep late!

 

 

Featured Videos
of the month:

New McDonald has a farm.
ei-ei-o.


A shockingly frank look at old style farming practices.

Click here to see video

 

 

 

 

 

Mung Beans Prevent Hospital Deaths

Researchers have discovered that Chinese mung bean benefits are great in preventing sepsis.

Sepsis is a blood infection that affects more than 700,000 people each year in the United States and can result in a 50% mortality rate for those who contract it.

Mung beans provide anti-inflammatory benefits by inhibiting the release of the protein, which regulates inflammatory response.

Dr. Haichao Wang, PhD led the study at the Feinstein Institute. The Feinstein Institute has led the way in fighting this medical emergency by promoting early detection and immediate treatment. Over the past four years, their initiatives have led to a 35% decline in mortality cases from sepsis – literally saving thousands of lives.

Read full article follow this link: The Underground Health Reporter

To purchase some Mung Beans Follow this link: cathysSprouters.com

 

 

 

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.

Hi Cathy,

What an awesome Ted X video. Your enthusiasm and excitement is wonderful to see. The small changes we all make in our lives will help bring us closer to the bigger changes the world needs. I'm very excited to start my compost and look forward to seeing the results come harvest time this summer.

Have a wonderful evening,

Pat


Hey Cathy

Just wanted to say that my mom loves her worm chalet!!! :)

Carrie

 

 

All Hail the Worm Moon
March 5, 2015

 

Did you see it? Did you happen to look up on March 5 and see a spectacularly squirmy full moon.

The March full moon is historically known as the Worm Moon. This is according to the Algonquin tribes in Northern USA and Canada. The tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full Moon and the March full moon honoured the lowly worm.

From the Farmer's Almanac:
"Full Worm Moon - March As the temperature begins to warm and the ground begins to thaw, earthworm casts appear, heralding the return of the robins."

 

Yes, Glyphosate (Roundup) Does Destroy
Earthworm Populations!

In a November 2014 paper titled: Glyphosate Sublethal Effects on the Population Dynamics of the Earthworm Eisenia fetida (Savigny, 1826), author Dr. Marina Santadino showed that pesticides' sublethal effect are not taken into account when assessing a substance's toxicity. Monsanto has long claimed that their pesticides & herbicides are perfectly safe. But after looking at Dr. Santadino's study, one has to wonder how Monsanto can make their claims of safety.

The experiment was performed using Eisenia fetida (Red Wiggler worms). Mature earthworms were randomly assigned to three Glyphosate treatments; Control (no glyphosate), a regular dose used for perennial weeds and a double dose. Six worms were placed in each of the three pots. Readings were taken each week to record adult population, individual weight, number of cocoons and how many young earthworms were present.

The results showed a distinct pattern. While the control population had a positive growth rate, the groups that had the glyphosate treatments both showed negative growth rates. These results show that the sublethal effects on non-targeted organisms (worms and other microbes in the soil) put these species at risk of extinction.

This study underscores the importance of using proper testing protocols to determine the true effects of chemical additives and not just the results that the manufacturers want us to see.

 

 

2015 - International Year of Soils

Healthy soils for a healthy life.

The 68th UN General Assembly declared 2015 the International Year of Soils.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has been nominated to implement the IYS 2015, within the framework of the Global Soil Partnership and in collaboration with Governments and the secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification.

The IYS 2015 aims to increase awareness and understanding of the importance of soil for food security and essential ecosystem functions.


Soil Facts:

Our soils are in danger because of expanding cities, deforestation, unsustainable land use and management practices, pollution, overgrazing and climate change. The current rate of soil degradation threatens the capacity to meet the needs of future generations. The promotion of sustainable soil and land management is central to ensuring a productive food system, improved rural livelihoods and a healthy environment.

  • Soils help to combat and adapt to climate change by playing a key role in the carbon cycle.
  • Healthy soils are the basis for healthy food production
  • Soils support our planet's bio diversity and they host a quarter of the total
  • Soil is a non-renewable resource, its preservation is essential for food security and our sustainable future
  • Soils store and filter water improving our resilience to floods and droughts
  • Soils are the foundation for vegetation which is cultivated or managed for feed, fibre, fuel and medicinal products

For more information on International Year of Soils please follow this link.

Dr. Elaine Ingham's

Soil Foodweb

Our soil teams with a multitude of organisms which provide the necessary work for healthy plants to grow free from disease, pests, and infertility. These interconnected interactions and feeding relationships (quite literally "who eats who") help determine the types of nutrients present in soil, its depth, and pH, and even the types of plants which can grow.

Are you interested in learning more about soil and why it is vital that we understand the impact our growing practices are having on our land? An in depth and far reaching education can be found in Dr. Elaine Ingham's "Life in the Soil" online course.

These are intensive courses to learn about the soil food web for farmers, landscapers, ranchers, creators and distributors of agricultural products, waste management professionals, soil and garden enthusiasts of all types, and anyone who touches the earth. Simply put, this information needs to be central to any sustainable agriculture or land management practice. Nature gives growers clues with respect to what is wrong, if the information is read properly. If the proper biology is not present, then the soil is sick. Put the beneficial organisms back into the soil. Make good compost, aerobic, high diversity, well-balanced, and add it to the soil. Or if applying a solid is too difficult, turn that compost into an extract or a tea. Compost, and therefore compost extract and compost tea are all aerobic materials. Aerobic organisms provide beneficial nutrients to plants.

To find out more and where to sign up please follow this link.

Both Cathy & Rick are currently taking the "Life in The Soil" course and we are finding it an informative and well prepared course. The information gleaned through this course is more in-depth and interesting than either of us expected. Great job Elaine!

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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: Mar. 22, 2015
Event: Seedy Sunday - South Etobicoke
Location: Franklin Horner Community Centre
432 Horner Avenue, Etobicoke, ON

It's time to plant a seed about attending South Etobicoke Seedy Sunday 2015. Come and see a unique mix of seed and gardening supply merchants, environmental groups providing interesting workshops. Learn what it takes to setup your own vermicomposter. See how easy it is to setup, maintain and harvest your own vermicomposting system. What size do I need? What can I feed the worms? How often do I feed them?
Find out about sprouts. Why they are considered a Superfood?
Cathy will be presenting The Wonder of Worms and the Simplicity of Sprouts at 12 noon.

Date: Mar. 28, 2015
Event: Seedy Saturday - Scarborough
Location: Blessed Cardinal Newman High School - 100 Brimley Road South, Toronto, ON

It's time to plant a seed about attending Scarborough Seedy Saturday 2015. Come and see a unique mix of seed and gardening supply merchants, environmental groups providing interesting workshops. Learn what it takes to setup your own vermicomposter. See how easy it is to setup, maintain and harvest your own vermicomposting system. What size do I need? What can I feed the worms? How often do I feed them?
Find out about sprouts. Why they are considered a Superfood?

Date: Mar. 29, 2015
Event: Green Living Show
Location: Metro Convention Centre - North Building
255 Front St. W., Toronto, ON

Back by popular demand, Cathy returns to The Green Living Show for a seventh straight year. Torontoís largest green consumer show dedicated to educating the public about easy and workable solutions for leading a sustainable lifestyle. Green goes with everything you do, so donít miss out on this enlightening and entertaining event! Join Cathy for vermicomposting demonstrations in the Eco Parent Village.

Date: Apr. 18, 2015
Event: Seedy Saturday - Halton
Location: Burlington Central Library
2331 New Street Halton, ON

It's time to plant a seed about attending Halton's Seedy Saturday 2015. Come and see a unique mix of seed and gardening supply merchants, environmental groups providing interesting workshops. Learn what it takes to setup your own vermicomposter. See how easy it is to setup, maintain and harvest your own vermicomposting system. What size do I need? What can I feed the worms? How often do I feed them?
Find out about sprouts. Why they are considered a Superfood?

Date: May. 3, 2015
Event: Seedy Sunday - Thorncliffe Park
Location: Jenner Jean-Marie Community Centre
48 Thorncliffe Park Drive, Toronto, ON

It's time to plant a seed about attending Thorncliffe Park's Seedy Sunday 2015. Come and see a unique mix of seed and gardening supply merchants, environmental groups providing interesting workshops. Learn what it takes to setup your own vermicomposter. See how easy it is to setup, maintain and harvest your own vermicomposting system. What size do I need? What can I feed the worms? How often do I feed them?
Find out about sprouts. Why they are considered a Superfood?

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

 

 


Did you know?

Good Soil Can Make You Happy.
Antidepressant Microbes Found in Soil.

Gardeners have long called the garden their happy place. Well now researchers are in agreement. It seems that there are microbes in the soil that act as natural antidepressants that can have a positive effect on your psyche.

For centuries ancient healers have known natural remedies work but did not know how or why. Now scientists are starting to unravel the reasons. Mycobacterium vaccae is a microbe found in soil that has the same effect on neurons that drugs such as Prozac has. The bacterium is found to stimulate serotonin production, which makes people more relaxed and happier.

The presence of a soil bacteria antidepressant is not a surprise to many gardeners who have experienced the phenomenon themselves. Backing it up with science is fascinating, but not shocking.

Could this be the link to Seasonal Affective Disorder? SAD has been linked to a biochemical imbalance in the brain prompted by shorter daylight hours and a lack of sunshine in the winter. Maybe it is just because in the winter we do not get to play in the sandbox.

Original Study: "Identification of an Immune-Responsive Mesolimbocortical Serotonergic System: Potential Role in Regulation of Emotional Behavior,” by Christopher Lowry et al., published online on March 28, 2007 in Neuroscience.

 

 


 

 

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In the News

Print

  • From "Ewww" to Awe
    When Cathy Nesbitt brings her red wiggler worms into the classroom, the initial response from students is “Ewww!”
    By the time she explains that worms have 5 hearts, that they are “angels of the earth” helping to mix and aerate the soil, and that “vermicomposting” - composting using worms – can transform organic waste into gardeners’ “black gold,” kids are usually enthralled.
    “They go from “Eww!” to awe,” Nesbitt says.
    Read article ...

  • Feed the Soil, Feed the Plant - Composting completes the growing cycle ... (by Cathy Nesbitt)
    So you have your seeds, now what? Has your soil become deplete of nutrients? Do you have patchy spots where nothing will grow? These dead zones may be the result of chemical fertilizers. Most commercial fertilizers feed the plant but damage the soil. Plants require living soil to thrive year after year. No need to add toxic chemicals to kill what you don't want. Return the biology back into the soil and plants will prosper naturally. Compost naturally restores life in the soil.
    Read article ...

Television

  • 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 ...

  • Daytime (Simcoe Region)
    Lentils, Chickpeas, Fenugreek and, of course, Mung beans. Cathy returns to Daytime (Simcoe Region) to talk with Will Nash & Melanie Case about all the different beans available for sprouting.
    View Episode ...

Twitter/Podcasts

  • Mike's Green Garden - Earth Friendly Gardening at the Organic Oasis.
    Episode 23: Cathy Nesbitt - Cathy is a worm advocate environmental education business with a focus on worm composting and organic diversion. Cathy is all about food security, waste management and doing it naturally. Her amazing list of awards for her environmental activism can be seen at her website as well as tons of information about vermicomposting and how it can help in solving our organic waste problem.
    Listen to podcast ...

  • #Groundchat with The Real Gardener.
    Soil ó 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 soilís effect on global climate change. Join Cathy and Cristina da Silva, The Real Gardener for Groundchat.
    Join us on Twitter on April 17, 2015 for some fun soil talk.

 

For all the wormy news please visit our website.

 

Hey everybody. Farmers' Market season is just around the corner. Check out our events page to see where you can pickup your supply of worms and sprouts this season.

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