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Bradford West Gwillimbury Times

December 13, 2003


Thousands of worms, at Bradford Public School

Cathy Nesbitt, left, and Casey the Worm present information on vermicomposting (composting with worms) to
Bradford Public School students, Nov. 21


Thousands of worms, at Bradford Public School

Did you know that worms have 5 hearts, a brain, a crop and a gizzard?

That was just one of the fascinating bits of information that students at Bradford Public School learned on November 21st, when Cathy Nesbitt of Cathy's Crawly Composters came in to talk about Vermicomposting. The technique of composting uses "red wiggler" worms, which can digest half their weight in organic garbage each day - transforming waste into "worm poop, also known as worm castings."

The comment about "worm poop" elicited laughter and "Eews!" from the students - as did the information that a group of worms is now known as a "Squirm", and that a pound of red wigglers can consist of up to 1,000 worms.

But after viewing a video, and hearing Nesbitt talk about the wonders of worms - that a pound of worms can transform one tonne of garbage into soil over a year - disgust quickly turned to interest. In fact, the Grade 2-3 class of teacher Alvina Intenberg will be setting up a composting bin in the classroom, to take a closer look at the process and reduce waste.

There was a warning, though. Worms don't like the light, and they don't like to be held. "They're really not the ideal pet," Nesbitt admitted.

Vermicomposting bins, complete with red wigglers, are available from Cathy's Crawly Composters, 905-775-9495.

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