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

Healthy Happy Start Newsletter

""We are paying very high price for taking life seriously, now it's time to take laughter seriously" ~ Dr. Madan Kataria

In this issue ...


Fall Edition






The joy of harvest. Cathy with a 10 lb. squash fresh from the garden.





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Laugh Club

Join us for some laughs.


Worms in Space

Toronto High School Students Involved in Experiment That Sent Worms to ISS

Four high school students undertook a class project and sent a science experiment involving worms to the International Space Station.

The experiment was a study on effects of gravity (or lack of) on a specific enzyme related to muscular atrophy. An ALS-linked enzyme was expected to increase when introduced to micro gravity.

Annabel Gravely, who's grandfather died of ALS, drew a connection between the disease and the muscle loss astronauts suffer after spending extended periods in space, where they become weaker because their bodies aren’t working against gravity.

The twist in the study came when they realized the findings were completely opposite to what they expected. The enzyme in the "Space Worms" was actually lower than the control group that stayed earthbound.

Their experiment’s unexpected findings were featured in the peer-reviewed academic journal “Gravitational Space Research”




What kind of worm do you use to measure?

An Inch Worm.





Is coffee important to you?
Discover the gourmet coffee that is not only delicious but is actually good for you!

Join us for the 30 day coffee challenge.
One box of Organo Gold contains 30 individual packets. Try our healthy coffee exclusively for 30 days and see how great it makes you feel. Contact us to learn about the Organo Gold 30-day coffee challenge.




Random Pictures

Laughter Circle

Don't look down on Laughter.
It is the best medicine.




20th Annual Vermiculture
Oct. 26 - 27, 2019

Registration is open for the 20th Annual Vermiculture Conference in North Carolina

The only annual training in the world on commercial vermicomposting, this event provides the tools you need to start or expand an earthworm or vermicompost production operation. At this conference, there will be ample opportunities to get answers to your questions from industry experts and other growers.

Rhonda Sherman, host and moderator of the annual Vermicompoosting Conference




How do you make a glow worm happy?

Cut off his tail, he'll be de-lighted!




Featured Videos
of the month:

The Life Story of
Jane Goodall

One of the premier Scientists in the world Jane Goodall has dedicated here life to studying chimpanzees.

Jane Goodall's Life Story: The pioneer who dedicated her life to the Animal Kingdom.

Goodall speaks to a packed house at Convocation Hall in Toronto.





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I have personally been involved now for over a year and love the caring and sharing atmosphere at all the Femcity events. The support and encouragement is like no where else.

Cathy with Femcity founder Violette de Ayala

Welcome to FemCity - your new favourite place to thrive, grow, learn, and get inspired both online and in person. We come from all walks of life and bring our collective experience to the table. We believe in lifting one another up, reaching out for help, and walking away from every interaction more empowered and excited than before.

Networking for Women






Sprouting Beans

Are you ready for a new sprouting taste sensation? Try out the newest sprouting beans & seeds.

Broccoli or Bok Choy? How about Fenugreek, Chickpea or Blue (French) Lentils. And of course Mung beans will always be available.

A full list of all the sprouting beans & seeds currently available at





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.


Election Day in Canada is
Oct. 21, 2019

Make your voice heard.
Get out and vote!



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Cool nights by the Campfire. Fall is in the air.




In this issue:

Back to School

Worms in the Classroom

We can't think of a better place for a worm bin than in the classroom.

Laughter in the Classroom

India adds Laughter Yoga to the High School syllabus.

Bringing the Farm into the Classroom

Farm to School month is celebrated across the country each October.




Has your School Experienced Cathy's Edu-taining Workshops?

Wonder of Worms & Simplicity of Sprouts

Worms are going to play an ever-increasing role in waste management, soil production and therefore food security. Sprouts are considered nature's superfood. Learn how to grow sprouts in your classroom in 24-48 hours. Worms for amending the soil and sprouts for eating are going to help solve world hunger. Find out how. Life as an entrepreneur and some of our research and collection projects are discussed.

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.

Something to think about ... The above pictures are for some of Cathy's earliest classroom workshops. Cathy's Crawly Composters has been in business since 2002. Most of the young worm farmers in these school pictures are now old enough to have Graduated from university.

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.


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.


    See what people are saying about Cathy's Worm Workshops:


    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 Intenberg
    Bradford Public School


    Hi Cathy,

    Thanks for a great demonstration today. Your enthusiasm is infectious. I have the composter up on small wooden blocks on the counter at the back of the room.
    Your program became my Science program for the rest of the afternoon. Both classes were enthralled.

    Take care.
    Gerrie Storr
    Glad Park Public School

    Home of the Grizzlies!

    All K-8 students from Halton Waldorf School had the opportunity to attend one of Cathy's amazing workshops. She engaged the children right away with her message, props and hands-on activities. We all learned how red wiggler worms turn food waste into nutrient rich soil. These worm castings, a nice name for poop, make wonderful compost for plants & gardens. The major highlight of course was getting to hold the worms.
    Cathy has a passion for teaching sustainability as she captivated the children of all ages, even the adults! I highly recommend her informative, lively & humorous presentations,as every school should have vermicomposters.

    Barbara Frensch
    Halton Waldorf School

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



    Laughter Yoga officially introduced as part of the High School syllabus in India

    Laughter Yoga has been in India's classrooms since 2011. Now it's official. The Laughter Text Book published by Central Board Of Secondary Education. CBSE governs most schools in India as well as schools in Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, UAE and Bahrain. All schools will follow the same syllabus.

    This is a great initiative by the Government of India Education Department to create awareness among school children about the benefits of laughter. It is hoped other countries will soon follow suit

    "Against the Assault of Laughter Nothing can Stand."
    ~ Mark Twain ~

    Featured Laughers

    Introducing some of the movers and shakers (a lot of shaking going on) of the Laughter Community.

    Dr. Madan & Madhuri Kataria

    Dr Madan Kataria is the Founder and Originator of the worldwide Laughter Yoga Movement. Dr Madan Kataria, a medical doctor from Mumbai, India popularly known as the ‘Guru of Giggling’ (London Times), is the founder of Laughter Yoga Clubs movement started in 1995. Started with just five people in a public park in Mumbai in, it has grown into a worldwide movement of more than 6000 Laughter Yoga clubs in over 60 countries.

    Robert Rivest

    Robert Rivest is an internationally admired performer and teacher. In addition to being a renowned comic mime artist, he is also an accomplished health, literacy and stress relief educator, a gifted mindfulness teacher, a certified laughter yoga master trainer and an engaging public speaker. Since 1990 Robert Rivest has given over 8,000 presentations in Europe, Asia, Africa and across the U.S. His mission is to use mindfulness, laughter and the performing arts to bring greater health and happiness to individuals and organizations around the world.

    Dave Berman

    Dave Berman is an internationally recognized laughter expert, coach, consultant, author, and public speaker. He is best known for producing videos demonstrating intentional laughter every day for nearly 3.5 years(check out Cathy laughing with Dave). Dave has laughed with people in all 50 United States and 69 other countries (so far!).

    Joe Hoare

    Joe Hoare has worked in the field of personal and professional development for more than 30 years. He co-authored Awakening the Laughing Buddha Within. a laughter yoga specialist (Certified Laughter Yoga Leader, and Laughter Ambassador) Joe's message is about body movement. exercising you lymph is important to good health. "Laughter is not the destination it is the mode of travel."

















    Upcoming Events

    Want/need worms? Want to save the shipping? Why not attend one of our upcoming events ... come and see the worms up close and personal. We often sell out at events, pre-orders will guarantee you can get what you want.

    Date: Oct. 5, 2019 (10:30 am - 12:30 pm)
    Event: Sprouting Workshop
    Location: Bradford Public Library
    425 Holland Street West, Bradford, ON

    Learn all about why Sprouts are considered nature's superfood. Learn how to grow sprouts in 24-48 hours. Adding sprouts to your life adds life to your life.
    Cost: Free event - Please register.

    Date: Oct. 26, 2019 (12:00 - 1:30 pm)
    Event: A New Climate: Environmental Education in Action
    Location: U of T - OISE Library
    252 Bloor St. W. Toronto ON

    Environmental and Sustainability Education is a pillar of education in Ontario, and at OISE we strive to integrate these concepts and practices into our teaching and learning. This one day conference seeks to provide professional learning in Environmental Education (EE) for TDSB teachers and OISE graduate students as a way to support the important work of the EcoSchools Program.

    Date: Nov. 16, 2019 (12:00 - 8:00 pm)
    Event: Healthy Happy Holiday Gifts Open House
    Location:St. Andrews Valley Golf Course
    4 Pinnacle Trail, Aurora, ON

    Just in time to get your Christmas shopping done. Are you looking for some thoughtful gifts this year. How about an Open House with exclusively "Healthy Holiday Gifts". Come on out and check out some vendors that are Passionate about health. Cathy will be on hand with her Super Simple Sprouter, Rick will be offering samples of Organo coffees and teas.

    Date: Nov. 23, 2019 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm)
    Event: Awaken Your Senses With the Holiday Spirit
    Location:Royal Canadian Legion
    105 Industrial Parkway North, Aurora, ON

    Join us for a day of health, wellness and holiday joy. Try healthy coffee and teas, essential oils and other treats. Meet with health practitioners, energy healers and more, and try their services. Browse jewellery, crystals and other holiday gift ideas.
    $5 suggested donation – all proceeds to Blue Door Shelters & Crystal Roots Save the Rainforest Campaign

    Date: Jan. 25 - 26, 2020
    Event: 38th Annual Guelph Organic Conference & Expo
    Location: University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario

    Organics, what's the buzz? Canada's Premiere Organic Event! This four-day event will feature over 150 booths, workshops, seminars and expert panels. Find out all about Sprouts and Sprouting. Why are Sprouts considered a Superfood? How about Vermicomposting? Is this the year to start your worm bin? Be sure to visit Cathy's Crawly Composters booth on the lower level.
    Free admission to marketplace - Free Weekend Parking.

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



    October is Farm to School Month

    Healthy People, Healthy Planet

    Each year, Farm to Cafeteria Canada leads the nation wide movement to showcase the numerous and diverse farm to school initiatives happening across the country. Farm to School Month is designed to engage with pre-school, school-age (K-12) and campus communities.

    Celebrate farm to school month! It’s easy to participate and everyone is invited.

    • Participate in the Zero Food Waste challenge and you could win $1,500 for your school.
    • Put your school or campus on the F2S living map .
    • Share your activity or event by posting it to our Farm to School Month Canada calendar
    • Join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #F2SMonth2019

    This year's theme: Healthy People, Healthy Planet, aims to engage and empower children and youth to learn about actions they can take to promote the health of both people and planet.

    Anyone can celebrate Farm to School Month! If you’re excited about healthy, local, sustainable food in schools and on campuses, then join the movement throughout October. Spread the word using the hashtag #F2SMonth2019, register your activities on our Farm to School Month Calendar.

    "Join us throughout October as we shine a spotlight on Farm to School and share resources and tips for incorporating healthy and environmentally sustainable practices into school and campus food activities." ~ Farm to Cafeteria Canada.


    Farm to Cafeteria Canada is a pan-Canadian organization whose vision is "vibrant and sustainable regional food systems that support the health of people place and planet." F2CC works with partners across Canada to educate, build capacity, strengthen partnerships, and influence policy to bring local, healthy, and sustainable foods into all public institutions.






    Cover of Bradford Times




    In the News

    From the blog-o-sphere

    • The Incredible Seed Co. - Q & A with Cathy Nesbitt.
      We're so thrilled to be able to share this Q&A with Cathy Nesbitt - worm composting expert extraordinaire, educator, and environmentalist of Cathy's Crawly Composters.
      We hope Cathy's enthusiasm inspires some of you to try worm composting to help the earth, reduce waste, boost your soil health as well as your own.
      Q: What is so special about worm composting?
      Read on ...


    • Awards

    • Simcoe County Food & Agricultural Community Appreciation Award
      We are so very pleased to announce that Cathy's Sprouters is recipient of the 2019 Community Appreciation Award for Work Improving Equal Access from Simcoe County Food & Agriculture Charter. Spreading awareness of growing and eating nature's simple food has been an ongoing challenge that Cathy has not given up on.
      Read on ...




    For all the wormy news please visit our website.





    Waste Reduction Week Canada

    October 21 - 27, 2019

    Waste Reduction Week in Canada is a year-round program, focused solely on the principles of circular economy, resource efficiency, and waste reduction. The program’s primary purpose is to celebrate our environmental efforts and achievements while encouraging new innovative ideas and solutions. The celebratory nature of the campaign is how it motivates learning and behavior change.

    The program’s educational resources and “take action” messaging empower all Canadians to adopt more environmentally conscious choices. Waste Reduction Week in Canada further provides information and ideas to reduce waste in all facets of daily living, creating the solutions to the many environmental challenges we face including climate change, water pollution and preservation of natural resources.

    Waste Reduction and Recycling Weeks in Canada started in the mid-1980s, when a number of recycling councils and environmental organizations began holding provincial events. In 2001, the national Waste Reduction Week program was formalized by Recycling Council of Ontario who now leads the national campaign with support from a coalition of not-for-profit environmental groups and governments from each of the 13 provincial and territorial jurisdictions across Canada. (source:



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