Cathy's Crawly Composters, Vermicomposting, Indoor composting with Red Wiggler Worms

Healthy Happy Start Newsletter

"We don't laugh because we are happy, we are happy because we laugh!"
William James

In this issue ...



Winter 2020





Cat & Matt





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Laugh Club

Join us for some laughs.





What is the best advice to give a worm?

Sleep late!





World Soil Day:
Dec. 5, 2020

Plants nurture a whole world of creatures in the soil, that in return feed and protect the plants. This diverse community of living organisms keeps the soil healthy and fertile. This vast world constitutes soil biodiversity and determines the main biogeochemical processes that make life possible on Earth.

Add your event to the UN Soil Day event map.

This year, by addressing the increasing challenges of soil management, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) campaign "Keep soil alive, protect soil biodiversity" aims to raise awareness of the importance of sustaining healthy ecosystems and human well-being. By encouraging people around the world to engage in proactively improving soil health, the campaign also aims to fight soil biodiversity loss.

Red Wigglers make some of the best soil on the planet.

If we do not act soon, the fertility of soil will continue to be adversely affected at an alarming rate, threatening global food supplies and food safety.

Check out the UN Soil Day FAQ page to find out interesting facts and info on how to get involved.









Make Soil

Do you have the ingredients (organic waste) but not the place? may be the place for you. A global movement and online platform where people come together to make soil.

Soil Makers can easily and safely post their Soil Sites to our online map, invite their neighbors and friends, is a nonprofit online platform that matches neighborhood Soil Makers (people who compost) with nearby Soil Supporters (neighbours, colleagues and friends who contribute their food ‘waste’ and yard scraps).

To start a Soil Site, or find one near you, visit









What did the woodworm say to the chair?

It's been nice gnawing you!





The Compost Council of Canada

Saturday December 5th is a global day of celebration - World Soil Day 2020. This year's theme is all about us, and the purpose of our work: Keep soil alive, protect soil biodiversity.

It is the organic matter that is created from the organics that we recycle that is the important food source for the critters of the soil. So, a day to celebrate - please find below some of the "party favours" that will help with celebration.

For the Love of the Earth,

Susan Antler
Executive Director

The Compost Council of Canada


or here for French.


or here for French.


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Featured Song
Fishin' Worms
by Heywood Banks

Fishin' worms ...Everybody's wishin' they had fishin' worms.





Are you up for a Challenge,
A food waste Challenge?

Impact Canada hopes that you are.

One third of all food produced globally for human consumption goes to waste. This food accounts for about one quarter of all water used by the agriculture sector each year, requires land area greater than the size of China, and generates around 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions annually. Approximately 31% of Canada’s food supply is wasted annually, costing an estimated $49.5 billion. Meanwhile, 1 in 7 Canadians suffer from food insecurity.

Food Waste accounts for about one quarter of all water used by the agriculture sector

The economic, social and environmental footprint of food waste is too large to ignore. That is why the Government of Canada is launching the Food Waste Reduction Challenge, under the Food Policy for Canada, an initiative which serves as a roadmap for a healthier and more sustainable food system for Canada.

The challenge aims to support new innovations and solutions which can help address the problem of food waste and loss across the supply chain.

The Food Waste Reduction Challenge is composed of four different streams:

  • A: Business Models that Prevent Food Waste
  • B: Business Models that Divert Food Waste
  • C: Technologies that Extend the Life of Food
  • D: Technologies that Transform Food Waste

Eligible applicants include the following:
1. Businesses or other for-profit organizations incorporated in Canada
2. Not-for-profit organizations incorporated in Canada
3. Indigenous organizations and groups located in Canada
4. Post-secondary/academic institutions located in Canada
5. Individuals or groups of individuals based in Canada
6. Non-Canadian individuals and entities

Up to $10.8 million in total will be awarded to semi-finalists, finalists and winners.

To find details and how to apply follow this link.









New Video Workshop

Check out Cathy's new Vermicomposting Workshop
Sponsored by:
York Region Food Network

In this online workshop, Cathy Nesbitt from Cathy's Crawly Composters will share with us everything we need to know about vermicomposting! From how to set it up, why we do it, where to keep it and how to tackle troubleshooting questions!

Watch Workshop video here.





"If you're sitting in public and a stranger takes the seat next to you, just stare straight ahead and say, "Did you bring the money?"





Featured Video:
by One Voice Children's Choir

I was sent this by a friend ... I think it should go global and become the 2020 Christmas Number 1.
Tissues required ???

~ Karan Russell









Mark your calendar.
It's almost here ...

Laughter Yoga Canada
2021 Conference

January 29-31
Welcoming the world.

A Facebook Live Event






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In this issue:

'Tis the season
(Because when else are you going to get to use the word 'tis)

'Tis the season
It'll soon be freezin'

Check out this year's Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Festivus gifts.

As always, fun for the whole family!

Podcast Renaissance

What can you do when everyone stays home?

You play The Podcast Mambo.




'Tis a reason
to bring back our friend,
the colourful,
the beautiful ...

the Christmas Tree Worm.

Every system has it's showoffs. The solar system has Saturn, the bird world has peacocks. And the worm world has the Christmas tree worm.

Pictorial Bonus: Navigating 2020




Advice from An Old Farmer

"Life is simpler when you plow around the stump."



Holiday Specials

Whether you've been naughty or nice, everyone needs some kindness this year.

*Christmas eve delivery possible in GTA.

This year put an L.C. under the tree.

To order a vermicomposter call: 1-888-775-9495 or

Made in Canada

Living Composter - Christmas Special

(reg. $285)

  • Living Composter
    (green, black, grey, plum)
  • 1 lb. Red Wiggler Worms
  • Sure-Close Collection Container
  • Sprouter + 200g Sprouting beans
  • Latte Mocha combo (stay warm & cozy with your worms)


Living Composter - Childrens Special

(reg. $258)

  • Living Composter
    (green, black, grey, plum)
  • 1/2 lb. Red Wiggler Worms
  • Sure-Close Collection Container
  • Pee Wee Book series (all 5 books)
  • 2 Hot Choco (because we all need to stay warm & cozy)


Sprouting Paradise

To order Sprouting Paradise call: 1-888-775-9495
or email

A natural organic multi-vitamin, Spouts are touted as nature's most perfect food. Containing over 3,000 different known enzymes, 560 different proteins and provide an excellent supply of Vitamins A, E, C & B-complex.

Sprouting Paradise


(reg. $70)

  • The Super Simple Sprouter
  • Seven (count them 7) bags of sprouting beans or seeds.

Choose from the following:

    (200 g)
  • Mung beans
  • Black Lentil
  • Blue Lentil
  • Chickpea
  • Green Pea
  • Green Lentil
    (50 g)
  • Fenugreek
  • Radish
  • Curly Cress
  • Oriental Mustard

"To me, Cathy's sprouting kit is the perfect and most thoughtful gift for anyone of any age. It has everything you need to become an instant farmer including the beans and instructions!" Carole Plant

*Note: A sprouter makes the perfect Christmas gift for anyone who is interested in a healthy lifestyle.

The Get Healthy Package

To order Get Healthy Package call: 1-888-775-9495
or email


The Perfect Organic Sprout Grower


Mung beans

The best of both worlds. Combine the nutrient rich vitamin blast of sprouts with the antioxidants healing power of Organic Reishi mushrooms (ganoderma lucidum).

Get Healthy Package


(reg. $75)

  • Organo Black or Cafe Latte Coffee
    (Coffee infused with reishi mushroom)
  • The Super Simple Sprouter
  • 1 lb. mung beans


Experience the aroma of freshly brewed coffee in an instant with ORGANO™ Gourmet Black Coffee. Connoisseurs will appreciate the robust, smooth flavor, which is enhanced with rich Ganoderma lucidum. Awaken your senses and enrich your day with a classic cup of coffee that’s as flavorful as it is invigorating.


A delicious latte in an instant is at your fingertips with ORGANO™ Gourmet Café Latte. Our finest quality Arabica beans and Ganoderma are blended with cream and sugar for a light, creamy latte minus the wait in line! Flavorful, fast and delightfully uplifting.



Just the coffee



Can't decide?
We also have Gift Certificates available.
(Customized & emailed directly)

To order a Gift Certificate call: 1-888-775-9495
or email




"Forgive your enemies; it messes up their heads."



What do you do when the whole world closes down but you still need to get the word out? Who do you call when world changing events make face to face contact impossible. If there was only a technology available that would let someone conduct an in-depth interview and then spread that message across the lands. There is you say?

Podcasts and Video(zoom) calls are shaping our new reality. The tools we use to communicate have changed overnight. Last year Cathy's Crawly Composted particiated in over 50 community & school events throughout the year. In 2020 BC there was 5. So to keep our worms in the soil, instead of going to speaking events we are sending the events to you. So far Cathy has been invited to participate in over 14 Podcasts. (If you can think of any more let us know ;). Here is a selection:







Cover of Bradford Times













  • Yard Reform Podcast - Indoor Worm Composting, Sprouting, and Laughing with Cathy
    ‘Cathy Crawley Laughing Bean Queen’ is the founder of a vermicomposting business called Cathy's Crawly Composters, a speaker and advocate for sustainable ways to live a simpler life. She does laughter yoga. She sells sprouting systems, she does it all in the green space. We talk about the benefits of some of these methods and how Worm Composting works! (also available as a blog post)
    Go to podcast ...


  • What if "what lights you up" is what people NEED but not what they WANT?
    What if moving beyond people pleasing and the constant searching for the next thing led you to a passion project that can literally save the world; only to find out that what you love and want to share disgusts people? What do you do when your excitement and joy is met with a frown? You laugh! Go to podcast ...


  • The Art of Changing Your Mindset
    Laughter is the best medicine! Welcome to the Art Of Changing Your Mindset with special guest Laughter Yoga teacher Cathy Nesbitt Go to podcast ...


  • GREEN Organic Garden Podcast - Cathy Nesbitt Returns
    Changing the world one laugh at a time! Cathy’s laugh is contagious and she’s an actual Laughter Yoga Ambassador. Join us on Tuesday mornings live from Toronto!
    Go to podcast ...


  • New Me with coach T
    Laughter is truly the best medicine. Thank you Cathy's Crawly Composters for giving us practical tips on how to get the endorphins flowing!!
    Go to podcast ...


  • Where in the World is ...
    A W5 Story Session with Cathy Nesbitt

    MYBC Consulting: Move your bum chum. All the different hats and entrepreneur must wear.
    Go to podcast ...


  • Coffee with Bob
    This morning I share a cup with Cathy Nesbitt, a TEDx speaker who is an avid #enviromentalist, a #healthandwellness coach, and an instructor of LAUGHTER YOGA ??!! Check out our talk to find out what this is, you'll love it!
    Go to podcast ...


  • Flipping Dreams with Heather Renée May! Episode #17: Composting Change w/ Cathy
    In this episode, you meet Cathy Nesbitt. She is an award-winning entrepreneur whose crawly composers are changing the impact of trash in Canada and the U.S.! We dig even further though into topics of positivity, entrepreneurship, and how worms and laughter really can change the world!
    Go to podcast ...


  • H is for Hustle Podcast: Building a company with a unique niche with Cathy Nesbitt
    To say Cathy's company is unique would be an understatement. Utilizing worms to break down compost in a process called "Vermicomposting," she's built her company up on people's garbage. We talk about her journey from being a secretary for 20 years to how she found out about Worm Composting and the spark that ultimately lead to how she got into this niche business.
    Go to podcast ...



  • Compostable vs. biodegradable: definitely not one and the same
    The term compostable, on the other hand, refers to the natural process by which the earth and its many little helpers break down plant materials (and some animal products) into a very beneficial material. For more information on this, I spoke to Cathy Nesbitt, owner of Cathy’s Composters, to get the real 'dirt' on the subject.
    Read full article ...


For all the wormy news please visit our website.



Navigating 2020

Kinda feeling beside yourself this year?

Just remember to keep everything in perspective.

Keep your body moving, dance, dance, dance.


Make sure you know where you are going.

Let's look forward to the time we can be together again ...


To talk about important things ...


And get reacquainted with old friends.


So until that time, our best advice ...
Enjoy the outdoors as much as possible and Laugh everyday.

Cathy & Rick














Upcoming Events


Date: (Weekly event) Dec 8, 15, 22 & 29, Jan 5, 12, 19 & 26.
Online Event: Weekly Zoom Laughter with Cathy - All Welcome
Sponsor: Cathy's Club
Location: Online event
Details: Do you need a good laugh? Or are you Laughter Curious?
Cathy Nesbitt is inviting you to a scheduled weekly Zoom meeting:
Topic: My Laughter Meeting
Every Tuesday 10:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

A Free & Fun event.

Date: Jan 11, 2021
Facebook Live Event: Hope, Hat & SHero's
Sponsor: Cherice Gilliam
Location: Online event:
Details: A discussion about our hopes, the hats that we wear and our Sheros!


For a full listing and directions to all events please visit our website.



"If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin’."


'Tis the season for the ...

The Christmas Tree Worm

The Christmas Tree Worm (Spirobranchus giganteus) is commonly found in tropical coral reefs. These appropriately named worms usually bore a hole into a coral head and then secrete a fluid that hardens around the body, forming its home.

The two tree-like structures are actually specialized mouth appendages. A kind of tongue that waves in the currents collecting small microbial prey for food.

Check out this amazing video of a Christmas Tree Worm retracting. Are those guys fast.

Click on picture
to see video


Now ... What came first,
the Worm or the Fashion?
(Can you say Biomimicry)

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