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Healthy Happy Start Newsletter

"Laughter is the most inexpensive and most effective wonder drug.
Laughter is a universal medicine." ~ Bertrand Russell

In this issue ...

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Seedy Saturday Season Issue

 

 

 

 

If Covid means you can't be with the ones you Love,

Then Love the worm you're with.

 

 

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Cathy's
Laugh Club


Join us for some laughs.

 

 

What happens to a worm who digs too far?

It gets in-dig-estion.

 

 

 

Blob Opera

Are you ready to be amused?

Create your own opera inspired song with Blob Opera - no music skills required ! A machine learning experiment by David Li in collaboration with Google Arts & Culture

Follow this link: to create your Opera

 

 

Random Pictures

Hastings.

He who guards the garden.

Visit our Photo Galleries.

 

 

Do you ship? Do you want to pay less? We have been using Flagship to book couriers for over 3 years now. We have found it easier, cheaper on more reliable to use Flagship to book shipments.

Use this link
and get a $10 credit for your first shipment with Flagship.

 

 

What was the worm doing in the cornfield?

He was going in one ear and out the other.

 

 

 

Featured Video
From BBC News
The Wood Wide Web:
How trees secretly talk to and share with each other

Trees secretly talk to each other underground. They’re passing information and resources to and from each other through a network of mycorrhizal fungi

Check out the video.

 

 

Toxic Compost

From Oz:
Home gardeners angry and out of pocket after using toxic compost from major recycler.

Garden centres in central Victoria and Melbourne received a Bad batch of toxic compost from a local composting facility. The suspect compost was combined into soil mixes, and sold to backyard gardeners planting their summer crops.

"Nothing survived" said Melbourne resident Kelly West.

"We were pretty excited about these beds. We had zucchini, squash, tomato, eggplant, and radishes around the edges, it's really disappointing".

When Kelly mentioned it to a friend, she soon discovered she wasn't the only one who had lost their summer crop. She's now one of more than 240 members of a Facebook group of local gardeners who experienced the same thing.

Experts believe the compost was contaminated with a powerful herbicide that wasn't removed in the composting process.

The toxic substance is probably a powerful broadleaf herbicide, according to Chris Williams of Melbourne U.

"Anecdotally, this pops up all the time"

If your plants are not growing it may not be your fault. "I think it's very easy for gardeners to see a deformity or sickness on a plant and blame themselves," Dr Williams said.
ABC News

A few years back we tested some product from a large local composting facility. We wanted to see how the worms reacted to the compost. We placed a small handful of worms in four separate bins filled with different compost mixes. Within 12 hours all the worms had died.

Compost is too important to leave up to chance. For our own safety and food security it is important that we all learn how to make our own rich, nutritious compost.

 

 

Is coffee important to you? Discover the gourmet coffee that is not only delicious but is actually good for you!
Organo Gold, try it for one week and see how good you can feel.

Join us for the 7 day challenge.
Try our healthy, Ganoderma infused coffee or tea exclusively for 1 week and see how great it makes you feel. Contact us to learn about the Organo Gold 7-day coffee challenge.

 

 

Broccoli
Broccoli

 

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 Cathyssprouters.com.

 

Alfalfa
Alfalfa

 

 

Laughter Personalities

Meet Kara:

Kara Sherman is a Laughter Ambassador and Certified Laughter Yoga Leader.

A former retail manager, She fell in love with Laughter Yoga while on medical leave. She knew in her heart that the incredible joy she feels from Laughter Yoga needs to be shared with the world.

Join Kara at laughteryogatogether.com with new videos on Tuesdays & Fridays

 

 

This just in from the Ukraine:

Scattering used coffee grounds instead of salt and sand is a great way to fight slippery roads AND cut food waste! Icy sidewalks in Lviv, Ukraine are being coated with brewed coffee grounds donated by local cafes, making good use of tons of grounds that would otherwise go directly in the bin.

The coffee grounds have abrasive properties suitable for fighting frozen streets, and it also improves soil quality after the ice has melted. Unlike road salt, it protects dogs' paws and needs no collection after use! Less strain on the environment and preserves natural resources. We're here for it!

From: GoWasteEd

 

 

Are you ready?


April 1, 2021.
We're not joking.

Live on Zoom

The World Laughing Championship is a contest of contagious laughter. Contestants go head to head and the most contagious laugher wins.

The goal of the championships is to create more laughter in the world and to elevate the pursuit of joy.


2021 World Laughter Championship

 

 

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In this issue:

Seedy Saturday Season is a go ... well kind of.

Traditionally Seedy Saturday/Sunday season is our busiest and most fun time of year. This year ... well let's see.

2021 Seedy Saturday/Sunday Season

Laughter Yoga Leader Training

Now is your chance to become a Laughter Yoga Leader.
Now Online!

  • Powerful mental & emotional benefits.
  • Techniques that will enrich your life.
  • Learn to lead Laughter Sessions.
Follow this link for the full story.

Worm Art


Is this a creature from Middle Earth?

A giant glowing worm has appeared above ground at the Dunedin Botanic Garden NZ.

Funky worm has been poking its head up all over the world.

 

 

2021 Seedy Saturday Season is a go.
... well kind of.

In years past Seedy Saturdays and Seedy Sundays were always the kick off to the spring gardening season. A unique mix of seed and gardening supply merchants, environmental and community groups providing interesting workshops and ideas. The Seed Exchange was easy and successful way to spread diversity with local enthusiasts always on hand to help build a productive and glorious garden.

Of course Seedy Sat./Sunday were also about more than just seeds. It was time to shake off the cold grasp of winter and reconnect with others breaking from their hibernation. It was a time to get up close and personal with the community. We have always known that we have a very special clientele. The wide range of discussions at a Seedy Sat./Sunday booth is testament to the heart and soul of our customer base. We like to say that our customers "Get it". They know the value and beauty of the natural world.

This year is going to be a little different (where have I heard that before). For the most part Seedy Sat./Sunday is going Virtual for 2021. Most events have adopted the Online or Zoom format. The good news is you will be able to attend this year's events in your pyjamas (It goes without saying that we think your should be able to attend any year's event in your PJ's). The even better news is that you can attend all the Seedy events this year.

See the events section below for a list of all the Seedy Sat./Sunday programs so far for 2021. If your favourite event is not listed please don't worry. Many cities and towns are still in the planning stage. As new events are announced we will be adding them to our website. Please refer to our events page (www.cathyscomposters.com/event) for an up to date list of active Seedy Sat./Sunday this season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Online Event: Weekly Zoom Laughter with Cathy
All are Welcome

Date: Every Tuesday (9:30 - 10:00 am) Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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.

Halton Garden Week - Virtual Gardening Event
Date: Feb. 20 - 27, 2021
Location: Online event
Details: Join us for a week long celebration of spring and gardening. A gardening event inspired by Seeds of Diversity Canada, hosted by Halton Food. This online event will celebrate gardening across Halton Region with a public event focused on sustainable, local practices and products. Be sure to check out Cathy's presentation: Saturday Feb 20, at 2:00.

Kitchener Seedy Saturday
Date: Feb 27, 2021 (8:30 - 2:30 pm)
Location: Online - Details to follow
Details: It's time to plant a seed about Kitchener's Seedy Saturday 2021 Online. We think this is going to be a great opportunity to connect and stay in touch with members of the Community.

Laughter Yoga Training: Laughter Leader Training
Date: Feb 27 - 28, 2021
Sponsor: Cathy's Club & Sylvie Dagenais-Douville
Location: Online - Details to follow
Details: Become a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader and help spread laughter in social laughter clubs, yoga & fitness studios, schools, healthcare/senior care facilities, home and the workplace.
This course is ideal for individuals who are looking to expand their skill sets and bring more laughter into their lives and the lives of others.
The course is also suitable for companies, institutions and organizations wishing to train groups or teams within the organization.

Haldimand Horticulture Society Virtual Seedy Saturday
Date: March 2021 (All month long)
Location: Online - Details to follow
Details: It's time to plant a seed about Haldimand Horticulture Society's Seedy Saturday 2021 Online. We think this is going to be a great opportunity to connect and stay in touch with members of the Community.

9th Annual Seedy Saturday Brampton
Date: March 2021
Location: Brampton.ca
Details: It's time to plant a seed about attending Brampton's Seedy Saturday 2021 Online. Thanks to the ongoing partnership with the City of Brampton, we are going Virtual for 2021. The City will be hosting the event on its website in March. We think this is going to be a great opportunity to connect and stay in touch with members of the Community.

Milton Seedy Saturday
Date:
March 27, 2021
Location: Online - Follow this link to Register.
Details: It's time to plant a seed about Milton's Seedy Saturday 2021 Online. We think this is going to be a great opportunity to connect and stay in touch with members of the Community. Register and receive a zoom link to our 6 great speakers (Including Cathy) and a chance to win terrific prizes.

From Garden to Plate - Zoom Gardening Panel at Aurora Public Library
Date: May 6, 2021
Location: Online - Aurora Public Library
Details: COVID has really brought awareness to the importance of food security, as well as heightening the enjoyment of eating fresh veggies from the garden. With that in mind, Aurora Public Library has invited Cathy to be on a panel (with Q&A) on gardening.

The Simplicity of Sprouts
Date: June 21, 2021
Sponsor: Elmira & District Horticultural Society
Location: Online
Details: 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.

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

 

 

Jill Hewlett is a Brain Fitness Expert & Wellness Authority in Toronto, Canada. An internationally recognized speaker, trainer, wellness TV personality and author.

 

Follow this link to sign up.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

In the News

Readings

  • REALWMXN: Cathy’s Story
    Cathy Nesbitt describes herself as a worm advocate. A tireless environmentalist, she is on a mission to put earthworms in our living spaces; every home, business, and school. As nature’s composters, worms can turn food waste into nutrient-rich soil perfect for gardening or growing fruits and vegetables, making them ideal, unobtrusive house guests for those who fancy themselves as having a green thumb.
    Read on ...

 

Podcasts

  • Sustainability Explored:
    Worm Away Your Organic Waste, with Cathy Nesbitt

    Join us for an exciting interview on indoor organic waste composting and the special role worms play in it! Cathy Nesbitt, our guest today, she is on a mission to put worms in every living space. Cathy believes worms are going to play an ever-increasing role in waste management, soil production, and therefore food security. It is essential that we all learn how! Tune in and get inspired!
    Listen to the Podcast ... here.
    View the Podcast ... here.

  • Jean Fleming - So Pleased I Did It!:
    A worm advocate on a mission to put worms in every living space!

    Talking to real women about their inspiring stories, the steps they have taken to make a significant change in their life and the challenges and lessons learned along the way.
    Go to Podcasts

  • Hope, Hats and Shero's: A Real Discussion
    A discussion about our hopes, the hats that we wear and our Sheros!
    Go to Podcasts

  • The Hot Mess to Awesomeness 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 Podcasts

 

Awards


  • The BUILD Recycling & Waste Management 2021 Leading Champions of Vermicomposting Awareness
    "Cathy, throughout the past couple of weeks, our judging team have assessed the shortlist for BUILD's Recycling and Waste Management Awards 2020 and it is my absolute pleasure to confirm that Cathy's Crawly Composters has been successful and awarded: Leading Champions of Vermicomposting Awareness - Canada"
    Go to Awards

 

For all the wormy news please visit our website.

 

 

Worm Art

A flexible metallic Worm has showed up outside the Dunedin Botanic Garden in Southern New Zealand. DubbedOuroboros, this wriggler is the creation of Christchurch artist Julia Morison.

The flexible worm, which can bend because it is constructed from thousands of interlocked and articulating marine-grade stainless steel pieces

 




 

In Auburn, Michigan you can purchase trippy worm lawn art. Great fun whimsical statue for the garden.

 




 

We dug this guy out of an artisan's booth at a Carrotfest event in Bradford. A beautiful multi-level metal sculpture. He/She sits proudly on the wall overlooking our back patio.

 





Site & street furniture by Blueton

Child friendly play structure developed by Icecream Architecture in Bellahouston Park, Glasgow, Scotland.

Cathy's Crawly Composters

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