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July 18, 2002
Cathy Nesbitt of Bradford, sells vermicomposters, which use worms to turn household waste into rich compost for gardens.
Some innovative ways to deal with waste
In last week's discussion about composting, I forgot to mention the joys of vermicomposting. (That's composting with worms.) It's the ideal thing for people living in apartments and condos. And it's a great way to get kids interested in composting (Icky, slithery, gross worms? Works for me!)
One woman who has launched her own vermicomposter business is
Cathy Nesbitt of Bradford. An enterprising soul, she took her show on the road during Toronto's garbage strike, handing out flyers and showing her worms to anyone who would look.
At one point, pickets at the Bermondsey transfer station called her a "scab" and warned people waiting in line to drop off their trash not to talk to her.
"Pickets were telling people with garbage that they wouldn't be let through if they talked to me," she laughs. Otherwise, the pickets treated her and her red wigglers well.
Worm composters have been around for some time. Bins containing about a pound of worms fit neatly under your kitchen sink or in the basement. A pound of worms will eat roughly half a pound of waste a day, according to Nesbitt.
The quality of compost produced by worms far exceeds that of a regular composter. The castings (or "worm poop," as Nesbitt calls it) is rich in nutrients and highly sought-after by gardeners.
She can be reached at Cathy's Crawly Composters at 905-775-9495.
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