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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.








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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.
Follow this link to Feedback form.

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.

Is this the year to introduce your school to The Wonder of Worms?

Worm World - From plate to soil.

A classroom workshop that looks at how worms create soil and help take care of our waste. Vermicomposting is both fun and educational.

Is 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.

Sprouting 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 Nature's Superfood!

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 follow this link.


Vermicomposting Workshops

A fun and comprehensive demonstration showing all the basics of vermicomposting:

  • Set-up
  • Feeding your worm bin
  • The harvest
    • Maintenance
    • Worm biology

    Download a copy of our workshop flyer:
    Follow this link.

    Contact us to book your
  • Worm Workshop
  •    or
  • Sprouter Workshop

  •   (or both.)


    Adopt-A-Worm Bin

    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 program.
    The Adopt-a-Worm Bin Program allows concerned Parents or Guardians to sponsor a Worm Composter or Worm-Workshop.

    Contact us today to find out more about this responsible and rewarding program.


    What teachers are saying about Cathy's Worm Workshops:




    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

    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

    Follow this link for more Testimonials.
    Follow this link to book your worm workshop.




    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

    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 sure.
    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, 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.
      Follow this link for more information.


    For all the wormy news please visit our website.



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    Farmers’ markets in Ontario are booming—and no wonder!

    Shoppers love them because they can buy top-quality farm-fresh products directly from the person who produced them—and can often find products they won’t find anywhere else.

    Communities love them because they bring people together and can turn once-deserted areas into hives of activity, attracting extra business for stores and restaurants nearby.

    Farmers love them because they’re fun and let them connect with consumers who love what they sell and appreciate their hard work. They’re also an important source of income, helping farmers keep on doing what they love to do, so that Ontarians can keep on enjoying fresh local food.

    We hope you find everything you’re looking for on our site today. See you soon—at the market.

    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 supporting local businesses but you are also getting the highest quality products available anywhere on the planet.



    The Last Word.

    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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