Cathy chillaxing with edible wild food expert Karen
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.
What is worse than biting
into an apple and finding a worm?
Biting into an apple and finding
a half of a worm!
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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.
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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
Is this the year to introduce your school to The
Wonder of Worms?
Worm World - From plate
A classroom workshop that looks at how worms
create soil and help take care of our waste. Vermicomposting
is both fun and educational.
this the year that Cathy visits your class with one
of her high energy, interactive workshops? Have fun
and meet your curriculum requirements at the same time.
These Worm Workshops are designed to get
students excited about the environment and the study
of worms. Students have fun learning how to setup and
maintain a Vermicomposter. Explore the basics of worm
biology and other environmental issues. Students can
take home their own mini-vermicomposter.
We will also look at
the Simplicity of Sprouts.
is the practice of germinating seeds to be eaten
either raw or cooked. Sprouts can easily be grown
at home and in the classroom.
Sprouts are Considered
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.
"(Sprouts) supply the highest
amount of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, etc. of
any food per unit of calorie."
Lucie Desjarlais, RNC
Adding sprouts to your life adds
life to your life.
Find out more about Sprouts
A fun and comprehensive demonstration showing all the
basics of vermicomposting:
Feeding your worm bin
Download a copy of our workshop
Sponsor a Worm
Bin in your child's/grandchild's school.
Are you a Parent, Grandparent, Aunt, Uncle or Community
Member? Interested in enhancing the learning environment
at a local school?
Our Adopt-a-Worm Bin Program may be just the opportunity
you are seeking.
Many people realize the educational value of having
worms in the class and have asked us how they can help
make Vermicomposting part of their child's educational
The Adopt-a-Worm Bin Program allows concerned Parents
or Guardians to sponsor a Worm Composter or Worm-Workshop.
us today to find out more about this responsible
and rewarding program.
are saying about Cathy's Worm Workshops:
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
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!
Bradford Public School
Follow this link to book
your worm workshop.
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.
Worm: Q & A
How exactly should I be feeding the worms?
Question: Hi Cathy,
I'm not sure that I'm feeding the worms correctly. How exactly
should I be feeding the worms? I know that it should be every 2-3
days, and that I should bury the food, but other than that I'm not
Should I spread the food out across the bin, or just dig one little
spot and put it in in a clump? Do I make several little clumps each
time I feed them or do I put it in one clump? Can I ever put food
in the same spot again?
I am finding spots where I had put food a while ago and the food
is not eaten. Should I remove it?
Answer: Hi Ashley,
Sounds like you are doing everything right.
When feeding I usually put a clump (about a handful) at a time,
but I try to break it up as much as possible. Each time I will bury
the food in a different location, working my way around the bin
eventually coming back to the original location. When I get behind
in my feeding (or I have a lot of food on hand) I will spread it
across the bin, making sure it is covered with bedding.
When I find food left over it is usually root vegetables (carrots,
potato skins etc.) which take longer to breakdown. You can leave
them in or take them out but I find the worms will continue to ignore
them if there is better scraps available.
Hope this helps,
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.
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Communities love them because they bring people together
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We hope you find everything you’re looking for on our
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Follow this link for an interactive map to find a farmers' market near you.
By shopping at your local farmers' market you are not only
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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
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
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