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
The scum of the earth.
- Fall is the perfect time to start a vermicomposter.
Have fresh beautiful worm castings ready just in time for
- Sprouts offer the opportunity to have fresh, nutritious
vegetables over the winter.
Something new in Networking
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
What is worse than biting
into an apple and finding a worm?
Biting into an apple and finding
a half of a worm!
of the month:
If you have never failed, you have
of the BEST Motivational Videos ever!
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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.
So what do you think about
the Worm Away Newsletter?
Have we wormed our way into your heart?
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.
this link to Feedback form.
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
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
month we salute all the Cool Kids that have embraced
in the classroom, what a great idea.
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.
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
Integrate worms into a variety
of different subjects.
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
- Being responsible stewards of the Earth by developing
an appreciation and respect for both natural and human
environments and communities.
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.
Thank you for your inspirational, interactive
vermicomposting demonstration. Your enthusiasm
and passion for worms and care for the environment
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!
Bradford Public School
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.
The York School
Having a worm bin in the classroom
some students will eat better since they want to feed
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 ...
Steps to a Waste Free Lunch
- Reduce - Avoid over-packaged single use
pre-packaged snacks. Oranges, bananas, apples and hard-boiled
eggs all come in their own handy packaging.
- Reuse - Permanent packaging is the answer.
Plastic containers, water bottles, cloth rather than paper
napkins. Avoid plastic wraps, styrofoam, aluminum foil and
- 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.
- 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.
this link to Download.
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.
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
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. www.byoearth.com
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
Wishing you much success.
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.
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.
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
Sept. 27, 2016
Event: Organics Recycling Conference
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
Cathy will be speaking at this event.
Sept. 28, 2016
Event: Aurora Horticultural Society
Location: The Royal Canadian Legion
(rear door, lower level) 105 Industrial Parkway, Aurora,
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.
October 1, 2016
Event: Culture Days Celebration
Location: Holland Landing Community
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.
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.
October 8, 2016
Event: Aurora Farmers' Market & Artisan
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.
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
October 25, 2016
Event: Retail Therapy
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.
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
Admission: $3 for guests.
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
a full listing and directions to all events please visit
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,
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
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.
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!
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
Visit nongmo.to for festival details, and follow the Coalition
on Facebook and Twitter @NonGMOToronto for updates and future
more info on this and all of our events please visit