WORLD SOIL DAY!

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Ah the “Thin Brown Line”, rejoice and respect this fragile ecosystem, it’s your breath, your body and your spirit.  Learn more here about this day and start to add to one of the most important bio-system on the planet; make your own soil with worms!

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RANDOM FAQ

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Vermiculture has certainly gained ground in the last five to ten years.  When we started NATURE’S PERFECT PLANT FOOD back in the day, no one had a clue what we were talking about when we discussed our livelihoods and passion.  Over the years and in no small part due to our dedicated public outreach, “Worm Farming” is now in the common vocabulary and most people have at the least a rudimentary understanding of the process. Well done everyone!

There’s still some confusion around the finer points of vermiculture of course, let’s face it unless your getting paid to know, the Latin names for the multitude of micro-organisms involved escape even the most dedicated layman. For our part, we try to answer all questions posed to us and if we don’t know, we’re happy to explore for explanations together, no shame in that.

Today we plan to have a lighthearted look at some of the pressing inquiries from our friends….

No. 1  Q.  “If you cut a worm in half will it grow a new tail?”    A.  How many times….. if you cut a worm in half it DIES people.

No. 2  Q.  “If there was only one worm left in the world, could it mate with itself to save the day?”     A.  No, as Hermaphrodites these worms do have both female and male reproductive organs however, never the twain shall meet. It still takes two to tango and it’s physically impossible for one worm to get that job done.

No.  3  Q.  “How many hearts does a worm have?”   A. Red Wigglers are annelids or segmented worms, apart from the front and back ends plus the reproductive segment, the bulk of the worm’s segments are identical and they do not have hearts per say.  More like nerve clusters, two per segment that assist the movement of hemoglobin  through arteries.  They do have blood flow.  The number of nerve clusters can vary from five to eight per species with some adding new segments as they grow bigger and some having a set number of segments.

No. 4  Q. “Can I eat them?”  A.  Well, they won’t kill you…. if you must eat a worm, we suggest feeding the victim cantaloupe or apple for a few days before, the theory being that’s what you’ll taste.

Hope this helps and as always your feedback is welcome.  Contact us here on the website or through our Face Book page.  Happy Worm Farming!

BUY NOTHING DAY (EXCEPT WORMS)

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Here’s a thought, buy nothing today.  Yes we know it’s Black Friday, the sweet siren call from the winter holiday season, it’s calling you from the future.  You know what else awaits in the coming days?  Bills, they aren’t quite so alluring with their song.  What more can we predict, let’s take a look at the long term problem with our mass consumer culture.

It’s unsustainable to start, you can not keep producing products that ultimately become waste, and not the “good” waste either.  Waste that contributes back into the natural system like compost.  This is the chemical and plastic garbage that clogs the very arteries and veins of our planet’s surface; that thin protective layer of air, water and earth that allows you and yours to breath, eat and live.  This is serious business, more serious than the glossy flyers enticing you to shop.  This is the waste stream and many people don’t give it the time of day but your waste, be it biological, chemical or gaseous ends up somewhere.  This is also something you can gain control over, you have some power here.

Corporations and think tanks spend billions of dollars and thousands of hours figuring out ways to make you spend your money.  They try to convince you that must posses their product or service.  Some are more convincing than others; you do need food for example.  We’ve explored this topic on our website before, we are, in the end a big part of the waste stream and we realize it probably sounds a bit hypocritical to ask you to buy some worms on Buy Nothing Day.  In our defense, play your cards right and this could be a one time investment for you, worms reproduce like bunnies!  More than bunnies!  You will be diverting waste from the land fill, produce CO2 not Methane. The Vermicast you grow with your worms will enrich the soil in your home and garden, a practical addition to your waste stream system.

WINTER COMPOST….YES YOU CAN!

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People get into habits, good or bad, and we know that a habit can be hard to break so if you’re in the habit of composting in the summer, the winter months can be quite disquieting. You friend need a worm bin to keep those good composting vibes going.

An indoor Vermicomposting bin allows you to continue diverting food waste from the landfill all year long.  As you go you’ll be creating beautiful worm castings for your plants to use inside and out.  A worm bin can be a simple or complex as you choose, many people start with a standard 38 L Rubbermaid bin.  These are cheap to buy and easy to set up.  Some folks like the sleeker look of a stacking tray system also easy to set up and use.  You may want to design your own and why not, self made bins can be very effective.

No matter your preference you will need some worms.  During the winter our worm stock has nothing to do but eat and multiply which is exactly what they’re doing.  We have worms aplenty to populate whatever system you decide to go with, don’t delay contact us here through the webpage or visit us on Face Book, your worms are waiting!

WINTER MASH UP

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As regular visitors to our site will know worm farming has seasons, at least these worm farmers have seasons. Our main facility is outdoors as are our satellite depots scattered throughout the cattle farming community of South Eastern Manitoba.  These operations are a part of our waste management branch and work to keep methane from cattle manure out of our atmosphere.  Happy farmers all round with beautiful vermicast for them at the end of the day.  (learn more here)  Still that doesn’t explain how we can continue to sell worms during the winter, what the heck…

We keep a large supply of worms in the city to keep the good work going and that my friends is no small task, they need food, alot of food.  Each year we team up with co-operating business and NGO’s in the past we’ve teamed with community centres and assisted living facilities.  Sometimes we work with retailers and we’re happy to say that this year we’ve found a match made in heaven.

Enter My Farmer’s Market  they deliver fresh, local produce to your front door!  What a deal!  I’m sure you can imagine that despite their best efforts fresh produce doesn’t stay fresh, this is a time sensitive endeavor and as with all best laid plans there is some waste produce that can now be vermicomposted.  When organic waste is kept out of the land fill it’s called waste stream diversion. It’s an important step in slowing global climate change and every little bit helps.

This co-operative union does not only divert organic waste it allows for our winter worm stock to eat and grow. We have pound and pounds of big chubby Red Wigglers just waiting for a new home.  If you want to begin composting your kitchen scraps and paper waste at home contact us, we’re here to help.

HEMPFEST LEARNING

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We’re headed to HempFest this weekend at the RBC Convention Centre in downtown Winnipeg!  HempFest! Yeah!

In 8 short months you will be able to grow your own Cannabis for recreational purposes and we’re here to help.  We want you to make the choice to grow organic.  Just like the food put into your body, organic cannabis can and should be healthy too.  There are many misconceptions swirling around this new found civil right and we can clear those up.  For years we have had a symbiotic relationship with our city’s dedicated craft medical cannabis cultivators. These people have felt the brunt of public opinion in a war of words that seldom reflects the amazing work they do or relief they give to patients across the country.  Now is the time to set the record strait with solid information and helpful answers.

Why not visit us at HempFest, we’ll be presenting with award winning medical grower “Golden Tree” at High noon on Saturday and you can talk to us at our booth (#38) all week end long.  We’ll keep the coffee pot on for you. learn more here

LEAF COLLECTING

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Ah yes, that peaceful time of the year when your outdoor gardening is winding down and food producers can enjoy the bounty of their harvest.  If your fancy is floral, you may be feeling a little sad. Should’a popped in a few tomatoes eh?  Oh well, you can start your worm farm for the winter.  Just a reminder that our bulk kits our only available during the warm weather, pick one or two up this week.

And while we’re on reminders, if you have an indoor worm bin grab yourself some leaves.  Worm bins are a “closed” system.  Similar to an aquarium what goes in may not go out and the system can become unbalanced.  An example of this are oils, it’s not the citric acid in citrus fruits that cause trouble in your vermicompost these worms evolved to live in fresh manure after all, it’s the citric oils that add up. Oil and water don’t mix so as water evaporates the oils can add up and become toxic.  Other living aspects can take a misstep in a closed system.  Bacterial and fungi compete for resources as do other microorganisms, sometimes one strain will take the lead and your bin may not function at top composting ability.  Your going to need some “winter” leaves.

Wait for a nice dry spell and collect a bag or two of dry fallen leaves.  The type of tree isn’t too important, but try to find “clean” ones unaffected by molds or disease.  This dry carbon material will act as an inoculation for your bin over the winter.  The leaves carry micro-organisms that will help retain a bacterial balance in your bin.  Throw in a handful every week or two for overall bin health.  They also work as bedding material so if you want to go full bore have at it.

Red wigglers are leaf litter worms, living in the thin layer of decomposing material under the leaf litter and at the top of the soil surface. This is why all bins are topped with bedding, it replicates the natural composting habitat. One last reminder, if you haven’t got an indoor bin going at your place, start today, contact us right here on the web page or visit us on Face Book, we look forward to hearing from you!

EATING THANKSGIVING DINNER? THANK A WORM….AND A BEE.

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Have you heard of the thin brown line?  It refers to the fragile layer of top soil that feeds our entire planet.  People don’t realize just how tenuous the balance between productive and sterile land can be.  There are vast tracts of unproductive poisoned growing areas all over the world.  Let this sink in…. 85% of the land on Mother Earth is unable to grow food!  When you consider that 2% of that soil is lost to erosion every year and combine it with the continued poisoning of huge areas annually, well it should give so pause to think.

Now turn your mind to the collapse of our Bee populations, Bees had a hand in the growth of 75% of the food you eat.  Pesticides are killing us and the pollinators of our world not just Bees.  When we join the dots we can see a picture of steady decline leading to a very dark and hungry future.

On top of this we can count on the flooding, drought and volatile weather caused by Global Climate Change, all adding up to more and more challenges to our existence as a species and, we won’t be the first to go.  Before our demise we’ll see the death of the living world around us.  It’s a lot like those space show episodes when the ship’s lost power and the air is running out…..do you honestly think the mother ship is going to bail us out of this one?

Back to the Worms and the Bees, because you know what…. They actually can save the day.  Think for a moment who it is that creates our soil, of course they don’t act alone but as an integral part of our soil life web the worms are working along with bacteria, fungi and microorganisms all over our planet.   They are creating the thin brown line of our precious top soil.  Without it we’re doomed.

Do you want to feel proactive and contribute to clean, healthy and productive soil?  You need to get some worms!  You’ll be a soil builder and you’ll have the satisfaction of being responsible for your personal organic waste management.

Start today and contact us here on the web site or through our Face Book page.

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LAST CALL FOR BULK WORMS

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It’s getting cold out there. If you have a worm bin outside in Manitoba, now’s the time for inside action.  Even though our days are pleasant the nights are dipping into the frost zone.  Any night time temperature under 5 C is a sign of times to come and and a good indication that the annual fall migration is upon us.  Find a cosy corner for your bin today and make the move to indoor composting.

Autumn is a great time to take stock of the health of your vermicomposting operation too.  If you have open air holes in the outdoor bin who knows what kind of little flying friends have joined the party.  It’s a good idea to cover your bin with some mosquito netting for the first few weeks inside, this will catch any flying interlopers before they get a chance to enter your home.  You can keep them contained in the bin while they hatch out and remove them as the appear.

Harvest your castings, while the days are mild find a nice flat area to dump out the contents of your bin.  Using the “hostile environment” method you can give your worm bin a nice deep clean in preparation for winter indoors.  http://www.naturesperfectplantfood.com/2014/01/14/harvest-those-castings/

Take the time to bag up some leaves, wait for a nice dry day and set aside a few grocery bags of dried leaves.  These will act a mini inoculations for your bin as the winter wears on. As a closed system your indoor bin may experience a microbial unbalanced where one type of bacteria or fungi wants to take over.  An inoculation of dry leaves and the various microbes they house will enrich the biodiversity of the bin and restore the balance.

We’re getting ready for the cold too, our winter stock will come to town in the next few weeks and that will be it for the season.  We put our outdoor facility to sleep under straw bedding and just like all farmers are at the mercy of Mother Nature and her hopefully deep snow pack till the spring melt.  This means that from Oct. 15 through till the warm weather comes we will only sell “clean” worms.  These are picked and measured in 100 mL lots for you to use.