ITCHY FINGERS STRIKES AGAIN

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VermicastLonging for the sight of something green?  Deep sighing at the touch of snow flakes on your cheek?  Sniffing back a tear when the cold air hits your face?  These are all signs of “itchy finger” syndrome.  If you’re the type who relishes in your backyard garden and spends many happy hours turning the compost, you are at risk for the cold weather reality check called “itchy fingers”.  This is the feeling of sadness associated with the end of the growing season.

Do not despair!  We have the cure.  Imagine being able to plunge your hands into deep brown loamy soil once again.  The feel and smell of the life giving goodness of perfect compost can be yours all year long, all you need is a worm bin.  That’s right folks, indoor worm bins are the best remedy for the winter blues.  Not only will you be leaving the guilt of not composting behind, you’ll be starting a whole new world of adventure for you and your loved ones.

An indoor worm bin is easy to maintain, has no bad smells and produces perfect organic fertilizer for your inside planting projects.   http://www.naturesperfectplantfood.com/2011/10/27/indoor-worm-bins-qa-2/

 

SAVING INSECT HABITAT

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garden scraps 002How is your garden growing now that it’s time for the snow to fly?  If you think there’s no action during the frozen months you’re wrong. Plants may be finished for the year if perennial or forever if annual, but some insects are just getting going.  Many beneficial pollinators and pest predator insects need your garden scraps to hibernate or procreate during the winter.  Please allow them the time and space to try and make it into another spring season.

By totally clearing your garden waste you are also completely destroying valuable beneficial insect habitat!  Unless you live in a rural area with lots of other nesting materials available, we strongly recommend a spring clean of your garden as opposed to a fall clean up.  In the city it’s a must.  Ladybugs for example over winter under the leaf mulch, butterfly’s lay their eggs on the stocks of plants.  Nature has designed these systems to allow for safe passage through the coldest of times.  If you have composted your butterfly eggs along with your garden waste…. well, that’s it for those tiny baby butterflies.  Don’t feel too bad, there’s also plenty of insects who have used your compost to lay eggs for next year.

Some Bee species use loose compost and matted grass areas to build nests to over winter, it’s just a matter of understanding and promoting the type of creepy crawlies you want in your garden.  Finally, there’s the mulch, we can’t say enough good things about mulch.  Mulch not only protects your plants during those dark days, it will protect insect habitat too.

Check it out; http://www.naturesperfectplantfood.com/2012/05/26/the-power-of-mulch/

 

WORMS MAKE YOU EAT BETTER!

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imagesWill the benefits of vermicomposting at home ever end?  It seems not, yet another positive result of indoor worm bins has recently been brought to light.  Having worms makes you eat more fruits and veggies!  After all you don’t want the little guys to starve do you?  This is particularly important for folks who live alone.  Everyone knows that eating healthy can seem a bit of a chore when your on your own.  Buying a whole lettuce or cauliflower may seem like a good idea at the grocery not so much 2 weeks later when it’s a rotten mess in the back of the fridge though.  While still perfectly good worm food, it feels like a waste.  Some people stop buying fresh fruits and veg instead opting for longer lived processed food.  These foods are expensive and unhealthy plus you can’t feed most of them to worms.  To get the victims of processed food back in the veggie isle, they need a worm bin.  It’s the guilt, starving worms is just plain cruel.  By feeding your worms kitchen scraps, you feed yourself healthy fruit and veg, compost the leftovers and save the environment.

So, in review;  worm bins keep organic waste out of landfills which in turn helps stop GHG’s and climate change.  Worm bins help people eat healthy diets and provide piece of mind on the sustainability front.  You really can’t go wrong.

WINTER PRICING, GET THOSE WORMS NOW

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VermicompostingFall is a beautiful time of year, nice temperatures, bountiful harvests and the promise of winter’s nip in the air.  It’s the time of year to prepare for the “hunker down” of the Canadian cold weather season.  Our vermicomposting facility is outdoors.   http://www.naturesperfectplantfood.com/2012/10/12/outdoor-vermicomposting/

While this works wonderfully for about half the year it does mean that during the coldest of months the harvest from our main supply can be limited.  Naturally we do stock up for the winter but supply and demand is somewhat unpredictable.  As a result of higher costs for worm storage and maintenance, we will be raising our prices from October 31st to May 1 of next spring.  Don’t worry it’s only 5 bucks and we’ll be back to the warm weather pricing with the spring winds.  The price of 100 mL of “clean” worms will change to $20.00 and we will not offer our “bulk” worm starter kits.

So…. get ‘em while their hot!

THE SEASON OF THE WORM

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Worm season!If worms had a season it would be Fall.  As any child, farmer or gardener can tell you, “playing” in the dirt is very therapeutic. http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/antidepressant-microbes-soil.htm   check out this link we’re not kidding around.  Over the years we’ve noticed a distinctive upsurge in worms orders from September through October and pondered why.  Apart from the obvious classroom worm bins (vermiculture is an amazing teaching tool)  http://www.naturesperfectplantfood.com/2013/09/27/teaching-with-worms/   we have a discovered a phenomena we call “Itchy Fingers”.  This is the experience of losing or missing the therapeutic power of soil in your hands and to a degree working with plants.  Many people turn to an indoor worm bin around this time of year to alleviate the depressive symptoms of life without dirt and guess what?  It works!

If you haven’t had the opportunity of exploring this wonderful and life enhancing “phenomena”, you need not miss out.  An indoor worm bin is simple project that will not only improve your quality of life but help our environment too.  Vermicomposting allows you to compost kitchen scraps all through the cold months, keeping organic material out of the landfill and methane GHG out of the atmosphere.  http://www.naturesperfectplantfood.com/2011/10/27/indoor-worm-bins-qa-2/  

 

TROUBLE IN THE CASTINGS?

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Wormcast.The hazy lazy days of Summer eh?  Turns out it pays to Google yourself now and then.  You can imagine our surprise upon finding out first ever Google review floating around the world wide web.

WE CHALLENGE THIS REVIEW AS…BOGUS!

Check it out;

6 months ago
NUH UH. within a week my compost was over run by hundreds of mites, and I kid you not, MILLIONS of these really tiny hairy mites I’ve never seen before (I looked under a microscope, NOT springtails)

DO NOT use this unsterilized vermicompost for any kind of plant you would like to survive for more than a week. And if you prefer your living space to be free of millions of pests I would recommend buying from someone who keeps their shit more clean.

Our first point is; there’s no reason to put vermicast in your compost.  Vermicast IS finished compost.
Number two, “NOT spring tails”  well, that’s good. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Springtail    Some mites are actually quite beneficial;  http://www.naturesperfectplantfood.com/2012/04/05/mites-in-the-worm-bin/
Maybe this person had spider mites?  It’s irrelevant however because….. we checked the business records and found NO SALE of castings to anyone during the time period that this review was written!  Not a giant shock in Manitoba in the middle of winter.
So, we ask our valued customers, have you ever had any trouble with our products?  If so kindly let us know through one of the many forms of communication tech available.  Here on the web page, our Face Book page or over e-mail and phone.
Everyone’s entitled to an opinion of course, but the facts just aren’t adding up here. Feel free to write up a review yourself, good or bad we want to know.

STEP UP TO WATER PROTECTION

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Water Wednesdays!Protecting our water and lands is something our First Nations Communities take to heart. NATURE’S PERFECT PLANT FOOD has been blessed with the opportunity of working with First Nations people in Winnipeg and Manitoba and privileged to operate on Treaty 1 and 2 lands. That said, we think it’s high time the burden of responsibility in caring for our water and lands should be shared, step it up people.
http://idlenomoremanitoba.com/2014/06/15/winnipeg-water-wednesdays-were-back/
Wednesdays, 5:30pm @ Memorial Park fountain north across from the Legislative Building
Hosts KAIROS & RHYTHM 104.7FM share with us ways we can get involved in protecting our water!
KAIROS invites you to attend Water Wednesday on July 16th! Carin Crowe, regional KAIROS Chair, and Dr. Mary LeMaître will be speaking about water as a human right, the watershed that we are part of, the proposed Energy East pipeline, safety issues it poses to our water, and then offer concrete political and civic actions that you can take to stop the pipeline.
RHYTHM FM will be on hand to help document the words shared, and spread the message/invitation!!
We want to work towards concrete SOLUTIONS to improve the safety of our water for future generations, so we invite any group that is concerned with water issues to join us, or even to host a Water Wednesday later in the summer. We also want to CREATE an ongoing art project, last year we created the “WATER IS LIFE BANNER”
This year, in support of GOT BANNOCK? will be collecting donations every week for “The Bannock Lady” as she continues to feed the hungry in honour of the village we once had. “Water and Love make Bannock” –
Bring a donation for The Bannock Lady

 

BREAKING NEWS…. BAD NEWS

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there is no planet BFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Health Study Reveals Alarming Links Between Oil Sands Contaminants and Incidence of Illness July 7, 2014, Edmonton, AB – Today the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) and the Mikisew Cree First Nation (MCFN), in collaboration with researchers from the University of Manitoba, released a report Environmental and Human Health Implications of Athabasca Oil Sands, and is the first report of its kind to draw an associations between oil sands produced environmental contaminants and declines in community health and well-being in Fort Chipewyan, Alberta. This report has been peer reviewed by Health Canada and other health and environmental agencies. Integrating scientific research methods and local knowledge, the report is the result of three years of community-based participatory research that incorporates both the traditional knowledge of community members and scientific monitoring techniques. MCFN Chief Steve Courtoreille says, “This report confirms what we have always suspected. about the association between environmental contaminants from oil sands production upstream and cancer and other serious illness in our community. The Joint Oil Sands Monitoring Programme has released data about the increases in these contaminants, but fails to address and monitor impacts to First Nations traditional foods. We are greatly alarmed and demand further research and studies are done to expand on the findings of this report.” Findings include generally high concentrations of carcinogenic PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons), and heavy metals arsenic, mercury, cadmium, and selenium in kidney and liver samples from moose, ducks, muskrats, and beavers harvested by community members. Bitumen extraction and upgrading is a major emitter of all of these contaminants. Contaminants in wildlife, as well as limited access due to declining water levels, have nearly eliminated the consumption of some traditional foods; fish caught in Lake Athabasca and the Athabasca River are no longer trusted, while muskrat populations have declined precipitously. ACFN Chief Allan Adam notes that “It’s frustrating to be constantly filling the gaps in research and studies that should have already been done. This demonstrates the lack of respect by industry and government to effecting address the First Nations concerns about impacts our Treaty rights and the increases in rare illnesses in our community. We need further independent studies done by internationally credible institutions like the World Health Organization.”

Community health and wellbeing have been in sharp decline. The study reveals a link between the Oil Sands and illness in Fort Chipewyan unlike the 2014 cancer report by Alberta Health Service which simply aggregated limited data.. Indeed, cancer occurrence in Fort Chipewyan is positively associated with the consumption of traditional wild foods, including locally caught fish. “Communities are facing a double-bind”, says Stephane McLachlan, head researcher for the study. “On one hand, industry, notably the Oil Sands, causes a substantial decline in the health of the environment and ultimately of community members. On the other hand, the existing healthcare services are unable to address these declines in human health. These Indigenous communities are caught in the middle, and the impacts are clear and worrisome.” Researchers and the community leaders urge further investigation of contaminant concentrations, in addition to the mitigation of existing occurrences. The report also emphasizes continued community-based monitoring and calls for improved risk communication from government and industry. A full copy of the report will be available online at www.onerivernews.ca

Stay tuned for more updates, NATURE’S PERFECT PLANT FOOD is grateful to operate on Treaty 1 land.  Thanks to Susanne McCrea for this informative post.

OOPS, MISSED CANADA DAY….

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sad dayWell, truth be told, we’re not too happy with the state of the Canadian environment right now and our Federal government is not doing anything to help.  We don’t want to piss anyone off, but if you’re visiting our page you are most likely interested in vermiculture, organic gardening and a sustainable environment for future generations.  All the things that make this future a possibility are being actively destroyed by the  folks in control in Ottawa.  The Harper government has blinders on when it comes to sustainable energy like solar and wind power, they have something stuck in their eyes…. we think it’s oil.  The recent tentative approval of the Northern Gateway Pipeline is just the next step in a series of decisions that has anyone with even a remote interest in a sustainable future hanging their heads in despair.

Now that this regime, yep that’s what we’re calling it since it seems they’re not listening to any public input, has effectively silenced all descent from the academic world, you know….scientists, they are taking their marching orders from huge corporate interests.  Some of which aren’t even Canadian.   Why are we letting big oil money dictate the future of our country you may ask?  That’s a good fricken question but try to get an answer from Ottawa’s talking heads, you’ll be disappointed.  They drag out the same old rehearsed tag lines claiming that this is in fact what the public needs for it’s own good.  Well, not this public!

Try not to be discouraged, keep composting and re-cycling, keep looking for alternative energy in your home and life.  When you need to grow your own food ’cause the stuff at the grocery store is (GMO) out of your reach…. we got your back.

CHECK UP TIME

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VermicompostingAfter our ridiculously late spring season the last month has been freakishly busy.  Forgive our absents from the web page…. in review our expanding operations are growing nicely.  The new manure management program has successfully introduced worms into four more Manitoba farm steads.  We now have vermicomposting partners using sheep, cattle and horse manure.  Everyone is reporting worm colony growth and casting retrieval. http://www.naturesperfectplantfood.com/2013/04/19/calling-all-cattle-producers/  

Thank you to all the visitors who joined us at Northern Sun Co-op for the very special 30 year anniversary party at the Spring Solstice.  Celebrating off the grid life and sustainable farming with fine food and friends has been a joy.   http://northernsunfarm.weebly.com/  

We are growing at full strength and ready and willing to get some castings or worms into your house and garden.