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Simcoe Life Magazine

Fall 2005

A pound of red wigglers can turn a tonne of rotten veggies into compost gold.

Red Wigglers
These worms eat their own weight in organic
compost and live for love.

By Jan Soule
Photo by Mike Harasiewicz

What eats on the run, likes to live in the dark and constantly thinks about sex - besides your teenager?

Red wigglers.

These one-inch worm wonders can eat their own weight in organic compost and live for love.

"They're always having sex;" says self-described worm fan Cathy Nesbitt. "And they both become pregnant."

She cheerfully holds a pound of worms - officially called a squirm - in her two cupped hands and looks at them fondly.

The average Canadian family produces a tonne (1,000 kilograms) of rotting veggies and such in a year. A squirm can handle that with barely a burp.

There are worms in large wooden bins in a backyard shed, worms in bins outside in her yard and more in her basement, but the bulk of Bradford-based Cathy's Crawly Composters live on an herb farm. Even the largest worm bins have no odour other than a very mild earthy smell. Nesbitt reaches in and sifts the fine, black compost in her hands.

"I think it's amazing that this used to be recognizable stuff - a carrot here, lettuce, bits of other veggies there and now it's soil." she said

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