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Worm Away Newsletter

”It feels wrong to be so into worms. But something tells me you know the feeling!”
Bryan Peixoto - Worm Aficionado

In this issue ...


Back to cool edition

Vol. 8, Issue 3




Cathy chillaxing with edible wild food expert Karen Stephenson.




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Laugh Club

Join us for some laughs.




Worm of the Month:
Giant Gippsland Earthworm - These giant worms from Australia average 1 meter long but can reach up to 3 meters!




What do worms leave round their baths?

The scum of the earth.







  • Fall is the perfect time to start a vermicomposter. Have fresh beautiful worm castings ready just in time for spring planting.
  • Sprouts offer the opportunity to have fresh, nutritious vegetables over the winter.




Something new in Networking

Green Connections
A business group with a Green attitude.

Green Connections Film Festival

Mark November 14th on your calendar for the next installment of the Green Connections Film Festival. Doors open at 7:00 pm, film starts at 7:30.

Our Next presentation:
That Sugar Film

That Sugar Film: started as one man's journey to discover the bitter truth about sugar. Damon Gameau embarked on a unique experiment to document the effects of a high sugar diet on a healthy body, consuming only foods that are commonly perceived, or promoted to be 'healthy’.

Learn what happened to our hero by coming down to this one of a kind Green Connections Network's Film Night event.

Join us for this special presentation.

Mon Nov. 14, 7:00pm
Sharon-Hope United Church
18648 Leslie St. Sharon, ON






Random Pictures

Ready for Business.

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What is worse than biting into an apple and finding a worm?

Biting into an apple and finding a half of a worm!




Featured Videos
of the month:

If you have never failed, you have never lived.

One of the BEST Motivational Videos ever!

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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

So what do you think about the Worm Away Newsletter?

Have we wormed our way into your heart?

Feedback Form

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.
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Hey Cathy.

Thank you for the super quick delivery.
I have already re-homed each pound in its own container with my homemade compost, bulked up with a bit of coir as bedding. I gave them a bit of dry feed while they get used to their new home before I start putting them to work on my green waste.
They are nice and energetic and plump so I am sure they will get right to work.

Recently I have been blending all of my green
waste into a puree which has proven to be a great way to get them to power through it fast.
Hopefully with the addition of these 2 more pounds they will be
able to deal with all of my families waste.

It feels wrong to be so into worms. But something tells me you know the feeling!

Thanks again Cathy, all the best to you and your family!

Bryan Peixoto
Worm Aficionado







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This month we salute all the Cool Kids that have embraced Vermiculture.

Worms in the classroom, what a great idea.

At the very basic level Vermicomposting in the classroom shows students how to manage organic waste and create some incredibly rich soil. However, digging a bit deeper into the process we quickly discover that composting with worms offers a diverse assortment of learning opportunities.

Using Vermicomposting to manage some of your organic waste into nutrient rich Worm Castings is not only a socially responsible option, it is also a great way to integrate worms into a variety of different subjects. The study of biology and soils is an obvious application, however consider the math skills required when we want to calculate how much food a squirm of worms can consume in a month (half their weight per day times how many days) or how fast will the worms multiply (10 weeks to maturity, when they mate each worm produces an egg averaging 5 worms per egg, the worm egg (or cocoon) will hatch in 3 weeks.

Integrate worms into a variety of different subjects.

Consider the following Goals of Geography-Developing a Sense of Place from the Canadian and World Studies Curriculum:

  • Developing an understanding of the characteristics and spatial diversity of natural and human environments and communities on a local to a global scale.
  • Analyzing the connections within and between natural and human environments and communities.
  • Developing spatial skills through the use of spatial technologies and the interpretation, analysis, and construction of various types of maps, globes, and graphs.
  • Being responsible stewards of the Earth by developing an appreciation and respect for both natural and human environments and communities.

Dear Cathy,
Thank you for your inspirational, interactive vermicomposting demonstration. Your enthusiasm and passion for worms and care for the environment is infectious!
I would highly recommend your program to other schools. The students were captivated and truly enjoyed the presentation. The examples used were both personal and effective.
Keep up the wonderful work!
Alvina I.
Bradford Public School

Vermiculture is in a perfect study subject that can cover all of these goals. The work the worms in your classroom do can have an impact that reaches far beyond the school walls. In these days of environmental change worms are the "Canary in the coal mine". If the worms are not there to do their job our farmers are going to have a lot harder time producing produce. And finally, a worm bin in the classroom offers one of the best opportunities for students to develop an appreciation and respect for the natural environment. Seeing and being responsible for a worm habitat brings students closer to the natural environment.

Hey Cathy,

Thanks again for coming in! As I write I have kids collecting some food waste for their worms. It was a great presentation, totally at their level, with great hands on opportunities.

Thanks for helping us on our journey to becoming more eco-friendly at the York school.

Michelle B.
The York School

Having a worm bin in the classroom some students will eat better since they want to feed the worms.

One final note. For the educators that are concerned about all the sugary snacks that seem to be the standard fare these days, many teachers have reported that when they brought a vermicomposter into the classroom the students started to eat better. Students take ownership of the bin and want to feed the worms. But the students soon realize that the worms do noteat chocolate or chips they need more wholesome foods. So out go the sugar snacks and in come the apples and bananas, foods that the worms can really sink their teeth (if they had teeth) into.





Toronto Region & Conservation
Reminds us to ...

Simple Steps to a Waste Free Lunch

  1. Reduce - Avoid over-packaged single use pre-packaged snacks. Oranges, bananas, apples and hard-boiled eggs all come in their own handy packaging.
  2. Reuse - Permanent packaging is the answer. Plastic containers, water bottles, cloth rather than paper napkins. Avoid plastic wraps, styrofoam, aluminum foil and drinking pouches.
  3. Recycle - If you have to use non-reusable items be sure to recycle. Pop cans & bottles, cardboard & juice boxes are all recyclable in most municipalities.
  4. Compost - Don't forget the worms. Only bring as much food as you are going to eat. But if you have leftovers be sure to them in your worm bin, outdoor composter, or municipal organics collection bin.

Download the Toronto and Region Conservation for more teacher Waste Free Lunch Flyer tips and fun facts.

Follow this link to Download.



Worm: Q & A from Mexico

New to vermiculture. Question about anaerobic conditions

As the title says, I`m newbie at this vermicompost thing . Believe it or not I`m afraid of worms too and even so I`m aware of the natural magic of transformation by the worms. at first, I thought I would go fine with my garden worms, but i found out that they tend to burrow deep into the soil to feed on clay.

Well, going straight to the point, My family consumes and throws away a 5-gallon bucket every week, So i was trying to save the food in the bucket with the lid on it, but i realized i don´t have enough worms to eat the whole pail, (so far I know they eat the microorganisms that decompose the organic matter) but now I face a problem. The food that I`m collecting is going through an anaerobic decomposition, I mixed it up with sawdust to help absorb the stench. I want to know if what I`m doing is right. I feed them with that food since my mom wouldn´t let me leave the scraps in the refrigerator. I really need that little help. I have been doing research and every single web page says the same thing: Just throw them the scraps of the week and you are free to go. the place where I purchased them haven´t answered my emails and I'm kinda worried. Anaerobic process means acid pH. What should I really do? (By the way, I thought Ii could counter my family waste by setting up a new worm bin, and I might try a third one just in case.)

Thank you so much for taking the time to answer, Cathy. My regards, from Mexico.

Salut Edy!

Thanks for writing. Welcome to worm composting.
Not sure if you watched my vermicomposting 101 video or not. Here's a link:

Your email is very well written. I'm happy to help you. I want everyone to be successful at worm composting. It is a beautiful thing and nature's way.

If the material has become anaerobic and smelly, the oxygen has been squished out. Perhaps too wet, etc. Simply pour off any 'excess' moisture (if collecting in your container). Add dry shredded paper, sawdust (from untreated wood) (use sawdust in moderation). A variety of particle sizes works best. Sawdust is quite fine, so also add some shredded paper, cardboard, brown leaves/grass, Add a little soil to add some microbes into the mix.

Mix up the contents to add air. This will quickly become aerobic and less offensive.

Add some crushed eggshells or agricultural lime, to help balance pH.

You need to have holes even in the collection bucket (otherwise anaerobic conditions will continue). Something like the Sure-Close.

Check out Byoearth in Guatemala if you haven't already.

Here's a link to my short video about my visit there in 2012.

Maria is one amazing woman. Maria may have contacts in worm composting in Mexico or even be able to get worms to you from Guatemala.

Wishing you much success.

In gratitude,






































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: Sept. 16, 2016
Event: The 103rd Acton Fall Fair
Location: Prospect Park
30 Park Avenue, Acton ON

Backyards to Barnyards - Info on items from the entire food chain. The Acton Fall Fair offers a wide selection of produce from local farmers, delicious food vendors, and beautiful creations by talented Artisans. 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: Sept. 24 & 25, 2016
Event: Farm to Fork on Common Ground
Location: Fort York
250 Fort York Blvd. Toronto ON

Celebrate the harvest season with a festival of healthy food, music, arts and community at Fort York National Historic Site. A family friendly, socially conscious, feast of food and culture. Featuring an organic farmers' market, dozens of Non-GMO vendors, well-researched speakers, soulful music, dance, collaborative art making for all ages, environmental defenders, and food safety and seed freedom advocates. A one-of-a-kind festival that's good for your heart, mind, body and soul. Please stop by the Cathy's Crawly Composter booth to get the latest poop. Free Admission

Date: Sept. 27, 2016
Event: Organics Recycling Conference 2016
Location: Fallsview Casino Resorts
6380 Fallsview Blvd. Niagara Falls, On

Organic residuals are the largest component of the waste stream. Their return to the earth through composting and anaerobic digestion is also fundamental to soil health and vitality. For the past 26 years, The Compost Council of Canada has served as the forum advocating and documenting the advances in programs, regulations, research, technology and markets to establish and sustain the organics recycling infrastructure across Canada.
Cathy will be speaking at this event.

Date: Sept. 28, 2016
Event: Aurora Horticultural Society
Location: The Royal Canadian Legion (rear door, lower level) 105 Industrial Parkway, Aurora, ON

Join Cathy for this enthralling worm workshop. Learn the secrets of successful worm composting! Worms can be your best friend! Learn to turn kitchen scraps into valuable compost year-round. 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.

Date: October 1, 2016
Event: Culture Days Celebration
Location: Holland Landing Community Centre
19513 Yonge St, Holland Landing, ON

Culture Days is a non-profit organization dedicated to building a national network of cultural connections devoted to providing Canadians with opportunities to participate in, and appreciate, all forms of arts and culture. Culture Days raises the awareness, accessibility, participation, and engagement of Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities.
Worm composting and sprout growing - perfect time of year to start both.

Date: October 5, 2016
Event: Inglewood Farmers' Market
Location: Inglewood Park
15551 McLaughlin Road, Inglewood, ON

The Inglewood Farmers' Market began in the 2008, and has evolved into a community-gathering place that is well known as an exceptional location to sample and shop for local foods. 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: October 8, 2016
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: October 11, 2016
Event: Simplicity of Sprouts at the Beeton Horticultural Society
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.

*** Waste Reduction Week Event ***

Date: October 23, 2016
Event: 6th Annual Homegrown Expo 2016
Location: Homegrown Hydroponics - 26 Meteor Dr. Toronto, ON

The sixth annual Homegrown Expo will featuring health and medicines as well as indoor growing. Free samples, Exciting new products, Food and Refreshments. Come and find out how you can grow Sprouts hydroponically as well as why worm castings make a fantastic growing medium.

Date: October 25, 2016
Event: Retail Therapy
Location: PRiMAALA
803 Dundas Street West Toronto, ON

Rachel Holt is opening her store, PRiMAALA, specializing in beautiful clothing geared to size 12 - 24. Join members of GrowYourBiz such as Cathy Nesbitt (Sprouts), Maxine Warsh (Warsh Cloths), Rebecca Brown (Teas) and others as they offer some fantastic Retail Therapy options. GroYourBiz™ is an initiative that brings a tactical and proven approach to meeting the needs of women business owners of all ages.

Date: November 10, 2016
Event: The Wonder of Worms & the Simplicity of Sprouts at the Caledon Horticultural Society
Location: Cheltenham United Church
14309 Creditview Rd., Caledon

Learn all about worms and vermicomposting - a viable solution for anywhere not being served by an organic collection program or access to outdoor composting. Discover how worms convert organic matter into nature's finest soil amendment known as castings. Feed the soil, not the plant. During the presentation, vermicomposting is explained from set-up to harvest. Worms are going to play an ever-increasing role in waste management, soil production and therefore food security. 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: $3 for guests.

Date: November 12, 2016
Event: Christ Church Christmas Market
Location: Christ Church Stouffville
254 Sunset Blvd., Stouffville, 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 – all locally made. Cathy will be on hand with her Super Simple Sprouter.

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



Deadliest Animals on Earth

A list has just came out from Science Alert naming the 15 deadliest animals on earth. Rather than keep you in suspense, the deadliest animal responsible, for over 750,000 deaths per year, is the Mosquito. Coming in at number 2 responsible for over 437,000 deaths per year, Humans.

Not a list you necessarily want to be on. Unfortunately, a couple of members of the worm family have showed up on the list. Coming in at number 10, responsible for 700 deaths a year was the Tapeworm.

The Tapeworm is a flat worm that attacks the digestive tract. Tapeworm larvae are sometimes ingested by consuming undercooked food.

But far deadlier at number 8. Ascaris roundworms causing more than 4,500 deaths per year worldwide. These little parasite worms attack people's small intestine and it's a disease that affects more children than adults.




Cover of Bradford Times



In the News



  • Oct. 5. - Back to school with the worms.
    Cathy talks with Jacqueline Betterton on Daytime-York Region about the education value of worms in the classroom.
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Featured Event

Farm to Fork on Common Ground

A Two Day Non-GMO & Organic Food Festival
at Fort York

Toronto Non-GMO Coalition and Fort York National Historic Site present FARM TO FORK ON COMMON GROUND--a socially conscious feast of real food, culture and community during Canada's national Organic Week!

The FREE, family-friendly harvest festival takes place from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily on Saturday, Sept. 24th and Sunday, Sept. 25 at Fort York in downtown Toronto.

The multifaceted music and arts festival will energize the Fort’s historic grounds with speakers and activities for the entire family, including heirloom apple pie making workshops, biodynamic wine tastings, seed saving and tours of the Fort's heirloom garden, community gardens and beehives!

#Farm2ForkTO will feature dozens of exclusively organic, GMO-free food & beverage vendors; organic wine and beer, environmental orgs, and an Ontario organic farmers' market with the goal of educating and increasing awareness about GMOs in our food system.

“Our goal is to combine education with fun, said Coalition co-founder and festival organizer Jennifer Berman Diaz. “Patrons will have the opportunity to learn from experts in the field about the environmental concerns associated genetically modified food and the impact industrial agriculture has on our environment, all while celebrating Organic Week and enjoying some of the most delicious, sustainability produced food and drink in Canada.”

Visit for festival details, and follow the Coalition on Facebook and Twitter @NonGMOToronto for updates and future events.

For more info on this and all of our events please visit our website.


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