Walking in a winter wonderland.
Join us for some laughs.
"Until man duplicates a blade of grass, nature
can laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge. Remedies
from chemicals will never stand in favor compared with the
products of nature, the living cell of the plant, the final
result of the rays of the sun, the mother of all life."
~ Thomas Edison
How can you tell which end
of a worm is which?
Tickle it in the middle and
see which end laughs!
- Now is the perfect time to start a vermicomposter.
Have fresh beautiful worm castings ready just in time for
- Sprouts offer the opportunity to have fresh, nutritious
vegetables over the winter.
It was a cold winter day. An old man walked out
onto a frozen lake, cut a hole in the ice, dropped in his
fishing line, and waited patiently for a bite. He was there
for almost an hour, without even a nibble, when a young boy
walked out onto the ice, cut a hole in the ice not next to
him. The young boy dropped his fishing line and minutes later
he hooked a Largemouth Bass.
The old man couldn't believe his eyes but chalked it up to
plain luck. But, shortly thereafter, the young boy pulled
in another large catch.
The young boy kept catching fish after fish.
Finally, the old man couldn't take it any longer. "Son,
I've been here for over an hour without even a nibble. You've
been here only a few minutes and have caught a half dozen
fish! How do you do it?"
The boy responded, "Roo raf roo reep ra
"What was that?" the old man asked.
Again the boy responded, "Roo raf roo reep
ra rums rarrm."
"Look," said the old man, "I can't
understand a word you're saying."
The boy spit the bait into his hand and said,
"You have to keep the worms warm!"
of the month:
Nature Is Speaking
Julia Roberts is Mother Nature.
nature a voice.
Click here to see video
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
list of all the sprouting beans & seeds currently
available at Cathyssprouters.com.
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.
AgriProtein is a British company that operates
2 fly farms in South Africa. Each farm contains 8.4 billion
flies, which consume 276 tonnes of food waste and lay 340
million eggs each day. Those eggs (maggots) are dehydrated,
flattened and used as animal feed.
The company is worth $200m, and they’re planning to
open 100 more factories around the world by 2024. [Andrea
Using a middle initial
makes people think you’re clever. [Wijnand
A. P. Van Tilburg & Eric R. Igou]
How do you escape
a T.Rex.? Just outrun it. The maximum speed of a T.Rex. is
12 mph, while most humans run
10 to 15 mph on average. [BBC]
The 7 Things You Need to
Know About Sprouts & 3 Reasons Why You Need to Grow Your
On a nutritional basis, Sprouts are one of the best foods
on the planet. Long considered a super-food, sprouts can pack
a nutritional wallop that will benefit your body like no other
food source. Are you looking to loose some weight? Need a
more nutritious diet? It would be difficult to find anything
that is this good for you this easy to get started.
- One of the most enzyme rich foods available. Up to 100
times more enzymes than in raw fruits & vegetables.
Enzymes help extract more nutrition from the foods we eat
and aid in digestion.
- An extremely valuable source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants
and protein in their most natural forms.
excellent source of B-complex vitamins, vitamin E, thiamin,
folic acid (essential for normal cell division). By sprouting
mung beans you increase vitamin B1 by up to 285 percent,
vitamin B2 by up to 515 percent, and niacin by up to 256
- A great source of fibre – Fibre stimulates the body's
internal self-cleansing abilities. Essential for weight
- Biogenic - alive and capable of transferring life energy
to your body.
- Excellent source of antioxidants. Consuming sprouts has
been said to slow the aging process.
- Sprouts are alkalizing. Cancer and other illnesses have
been linked to acidic conditions in the body.
- Food Security - The ultimate locally
grown food. Grow your own sprouts to control the quality.
Be confident your sprouts do not contain any unwanted pesticides
or food additives. You know how fresh the sprouts are, so
no more wondering how long they have been sitting on the
- Inexpensive - Its low cost to produce
a batch of sprouted beans. Very few foods come close to
sprouts as a source nutritional value.
- Convenience - Grow fresh, healthly food
at home, school or office.
So how do I get started?
Sprouting is an easy and convenient way to take up those
vitamin & minerals that your body needs and craves. Sprouting
can be as easy as placing beans between 2 damp paper towels
but traditionally people have been using jars. Place your
beans in a jar and fill with water. To avoid bacteria build-up
be sure to rinse your beans twice a day. To rinse your beans
place a filter or cheesecloth over the jar and tip the jar
to let the water run out. The problem with this method is
that it is hard to get all the water out.
Warm water is the perfect place for bacteria to grow, so
we need to be very careful when rinsing our beans. This is
why we recommend the Super Simple Sprouter. With this Sprouter
beans sit atop the wire mesh so have limited direct contact
with the water. Rinsing is a simple matter of lifting the
wire mesh out of the Sprouter, dump the water, rinse the beans,
replace the water. The dome acts as a greenhouse and as a
result your sprouts are ready much faster with little risk
more information about sprouts and sprouting please visit
our Cathy's Sprouters website: www.cathyssprouters.com.
Here you will find more about the benefits of sprouts as well
as some recipes and testimonials from other sprout growers.
Want to order a sprouter or some beans? Or would you just
like to see what's available. There is plenty here for everybody.
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.
Jan. 20, 2019 (10:00 - 3:00 pm)
Event: 28 Annual Dream Conference
Location: Hespeler Memorial Arena –
640 Ellis Road W, Cambridge, ON
Featuring Author Robert Pavlis and Garden
Dignitary Denis Flanagan. Garden Ideas and perspectives.
Ticket price includes Speakers, Vendors, Breakfast,
Lunch & Membership to Galt Hort. Society. Cathy will
be on hand to talk about vermicomposting and to show
off her Super Simple Sprouter.
Jan. 26 - 27, 2019 (9:00 - 5:00 pm)
Event: 38th Annual Guelph Organic Conference
Location: University of Guelph
50 Stone Rd E, Guelph, ON
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.
Jan. 30, 2019 (7:00 - 9:00 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
a full listing and directions to all events please visit
One Minute Laughter
for World Peace.
Anyone who has attended a Laughter Yoga session knows
the peace and euphoria you feel afterwards. That soft glow
of happy wellness that comes wirh laughter is the result of
an increase in endorphins, the hormone that induces happiness.
The same exercise decreases the level of cortisol, the stress
After a good laugh with a group of people you share the happiness
and joy the laughter brings but you also enjoy a stronger
kinder fellowship. Now imagine what would happen if we
invited the whole world to join us.
Dr. Madan Kataria started a petition to be presented
to H. E. Thomas Bach, The President of International Olympic
Committee, H.E. Yoshiro Mori, Chairman of the Japanese Olympic
Committee and Canada's Richard Pound representing The International
To: H. E. Thomas Bach, The President of
International Olympic Committee, H. E. Mr. Yoshiro Mori, Chairman,
Japan Olympic Committee and Canada's Richard Pound representing
The International Olympic Committee.
We, the undersigned, are strongly requesting that you consider
incorporating “One Minute Laughter Yoga” into
the Opening Ceremony of 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.
1. “Laughter” is a globally common language.
We consider it very meaningful for peaceful Japan to globally
dispatch a message of laughter, the internationally common
language, during the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics and
2. “Laughter” removes any fence or wall among
Laughter is contagious. No war can be fought in laughter.
Incorporating laughter into the Opening Ceremony of the 2020
Tokyo Olympics/Paralympics is tantamount to dispatching a
positive message for world peace from Japan.
3. “Laughter” promotes health
Laughing increases endorphins, the hormone that induces
happiness, and decreases cortisol that is a stress hormone.
Irrespective of the age, sex or physical condition, laughter
can promote both physical and mental health in a person. Laughter
has a relaxing effect. It will help all the participating
athletes to demonstrate the maximum result of their daily
“Laughter Yoga” is a healthy exercise combining
laughing to the conventional yoga breathing. Though called
yoga, no difficult pose is required. It is a yoga method of
breathing that takes in fresh oxygen into one’s body
by laughing out loud. It does not depend on humors or jokes,
but considers laughing as an exercise. It is said that since
our brain cannot differentiate between fake laughter from
genuine laughter, even a fake laughter has the same positive
effect on the brain. Laughter Yoga was developed by an Indian
medical doctor, Madan Katarina in 1995. Today, over 3 million
people practice laughter yoga worldwide. In Japan, there are
more than 17000 Laughter Yoga Clubs all over the world and
700 Laughter Clubs in Japan.
We ardently believe that Laughter Yoga can lead to the spirit
of “Encouraging the establishment of peaceful societies
that emphasize human dignity” elucidated in the Olympic
Charter. Laughter can support your effort to make 2020 Olympics
into an event which naturally accepts and recognizes differences
Let's get the whole
Follow this link to sign the petition:
Laughter Yoga Olympics.
Find out more about
Laughter Yoga Visit Cathy's
- Meet the Worm Lady of Bradford West Gwillimbury
Nothing creeped out Cathy Nesbitt more than worms.
But during the past 16 years, she has become known
as Bradford West Gwillimbury’s Worm Lady. Nesbitt
runs her business, Cathy’s Crawly Composters, promoting
vermicomposting, or composting with the use of worms,
across Canada by selling red wiggler worms, composting
containers, composter bedding, books, earrings in
the shape of worms, and other so-called “wormy accessories,”
such as compost pails.
- Apr. 16 - The Zooomer
Created by Moses Znaimer for and about Canadians 45-plus
years of age, the show offers intelligent, and hard-hitting
discussion on how our growing demographic is changing.
Cathy appears on the Gardening episode.
Follow this link to View
- Mar. 20 - Georgina Life
Cathy returns to Georgina Life to talk to Amanda Grey
and Jordan Middlebrook about Laughter Yoga.
Follow this link to View
For all the wormy news please
Vermicomposting in the classroom.
Teachers speak out.
Eitz Chaim Schools Experience
Wonderful World of Worms
Who wants to hold one?
Me!, Me!, Me!
I want two!
There is nothing quite like opening the box
of worms and asking SK children if they would like to hold
Little hands cup together, ready to have one
or two of the Red Wrigglers put into their palms.
“Look how they are twisting and turning!”
“What do they eat?”
“Where do they live?”
“They’re so cute!”
the past five years I have had the privilege of introducing
some of our youngest students to the wonderful world of worms.
From teaching the students that worms are “photo-pho-bic”
(afraid of the light) to all the good that the worms do in
our soil, having a worm composter and being able to introduce
worms to the world of little people has been a life changing
experience at Eitz Chaim Schools.
And now - as the first students have grown up
- there is still that curiosity about our world, what worms
do and why we should respect all living things.
General Studies Principal
Eitz Chaim Schools
Vermi-Update from Rick Hansen Public School
It was great to speak with you at the Eco Fair
on Saturday, as you could tell I was very excited to tell
you about our worms. So as promised, I am sending an email
along from the staff and students at Rick Hansen Public School
in Aurora to let you know how our worms are doing.
We received our Red Wrigglers in February 2013.
In anticipation of the arrival of our new friends, the school
held an Adopt-A-Worm program. Staff and students were asked
to purchase pink paper worms for .25 to help raise money to
buy the worms. A total of 543 paper worms were purchased and
hung up throughout the school. During the Adopt-A-Worm drive,
students who purchased the paper worms even went so far as
to give them names.
One classroom was given the job of conducting
daily announcements to encourage the students to help adopt-a-worm,
as well as to educate them by giving out information on the
worms. They did this by researching red wrigglers, coming
up with a jingle and even making an actual commercial for
our monthly assembly.
Currently, we have 5 classrooms that have EARNED green bins
dedicated only to worm food. These are a kindergarten classroom,
a grade 1-2, a grade 3, a grade 3-4, and a grade 7-8. These
classrooms must differentiate between what goes in the normal
green bin and what can go in the worm bin. They take their
responsibility for our worms very very seriously.
As a brand new school (which opened in September
2012) it was important that the worm composter be brought
in as quickly as possible (to get optimum buy-in) and it was
important that the staff and students were educated on the
worms and why we were getting them. I personally went around
to classrooms and spoke about the worms, their habitat, their
food needs and what they would give us if we took good care
Students who were nervous about touching the worms found themselves
holding them, and were even surprised to learn that they had
We are a school of only 275 students, I am asked
daily "how are the worms doing?", "have they
had babies?" and I continue to conduct presentations
about our worms, letting the students hold them, ask questions,
and to see how their hard work and caring has paid off.
have been granted a "Seeds for Change Garden" which
will be implemented in September of 2013, it will be an awesome
thing to be able to use our worm castings to enrich the soil
in our Garden. Yes, we have had our challenges, but I now
know why as I learn more about the cycle of feed and harvest.
The attached photos give you a good view of what our vermiposter
looks like, 4 plastic bins inside a wooden box with wheels
which makes it great for presentations in classrooms. I also
want to add that after my many presentations, students come
running up to me after rain storms to say that they have saved
worms by picking them up off the wet tarmac and putting them
back onto grass or flower beds. The students have a better
understanding of the role worms have in nature and why they
are so important, so they now want to save as many as they
So, we would like to extend our thanks to you
and let you know that Vermiposting is a large part of the
Eco culture at Rick Hansen P.S. in Aurora. The worms are happy,
reproducing and giving us wonderful soil as a result.
Kathleen R. Lacroix
Rick Hansen Public School
Children's Mental Health Access Centre
I am a social worker who works with children
and youth struggling with various mental health and behavioural
issues. Recently, the agency I work for decided to “go green.”
In order to help support this initiative I researched the
possibility of vermicomposting. That is when I found Cathy.
In speaking with Cathy I became enthusiastic regarding Red
Wigglers and passionate about implementing this idea into
Together Cathy and I developed a plan to bring
Red Wigglers to my agency and introduce this topic to the
youth. I must say I was nervous about how well it would go
over, worms can be disgusting you know! To my amazement the
youth were fascinated by Cathy and her presentation. She was
able to excite the students and staff about her Red Wigglers!
What was particularly amazing to me was how she was able to
keep their attention. Picture this…a room full of 30 teenagers
who have significant behavioural difficulties, all watching,
listening and engaging with Cathy. They listened, participated
and asked questions for an hour and a half. It was incredible!
Thanks to Cathy, we now have 4 vermicomposters
at our agency and they are thriving! Both youth and adults
are responsible for caring for the worms and they love it!
I was so impressed at Cathy’s ability to engage these youth
while stressing to them the importance of being environmentally
responsible. Her presentation was both informative and interesting.
Thank you Cathy!
Kristin Eidse, MSW, RSW
Intake Social Worker
Children's Mental Health Access Centre