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The Life & Times

April, 2007


Cathy Nesbitt of Cathy's Crawly Composters (far right) introduced the art of vermicomposting to a great group of students at Trillium Woods Elementary School

Trillium Woods Gets Green

Photos and Article by Nicole Beauvais-Holt


Cathy loves her worms! In fact she thinks everyone should love worms as they are the angels of the earth.

"It's your future and it is great that you are taking on this responsibility," she told the full house of eager young students from Trillium Woods. Cathy Nesbitt of Cathy's Crawly Composters was at the school to help set up Bronwen Lash's Grades 4- 7 Gifted classroom with their very own vermicomposter. This is the process of using worms to help compost organic materials to generate rich-in-nutrients worm waste for gardens.

The children will be caring for their composter and feeding it with organic food waste, some generated from their own school lunches which. just adds to the benefits of composting.

"Kids may actually start bringing some healthier choices so that they can help feed the worms," said Lash. "You can't put just anything in there."

Cathy's presentation to the children was full of information and there was no end to the questions her rapt audience had. "If a worm eats too much will it throw up?" "Do worms have feet?" "Why can't we put meat in our composter?"- Students learned about anaerobic digestion and how Toronto's green box program is generating green fuel and all about the decomposition process.

"I'm not sure when I became obsessed with garbage, but I am!" Cathy told the class with a laugh. Worms love coffee grounds and Cathy once did an experiment with a local coffee shop. "It wasn't even one of the busier ones and I collected 1,000 pounds of coffee grounds and filters in 30 days!"

The week before students were shown An Inconvenient Truth, former Vice President AI Gore's enlightening and downright frightening movie on the state of our environment.

"The kids were just shocked and wanted to know What can we do to stop this," recalled Lash.

Bryton, a student in Mrs. Lash's class told me; "People don't understand about -global warming because they don't want to understand. They feel scared by it. They think if I don't think about it; it will go away."

Trillium Woods is doing their part though. It has a Green Team; an environmental task force of students. This group is composed of all age groups and they are helping with the school's recycling program and learning more about the environment by participating in meetings and providing their input.

When I asked them what they would be doing with their worm castings (the compost) I was told they are going to try to participate in the Space Seeds program where they will grow tomato plants from seeds that have spent time at zero-gravity and regular seeds.


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