What do red worms have to do with changing the world?
Okay, they can’t stop nuclear waste, stupid politics or animal abuse. They’re not going to march on Washington and demand a balanced budget or an end to the war in Afghanistan.
But like you and me, when they do their jobs, they make a difference in whatever little corner of the world they are set up in. How?
Set these little wrigglers loose on household waste and stand back. They turn into freight trains. Just one bin and one pound of worms will turn everything from paper to food waste (no meat, dairy or fried/oily foods or glossy print papers, please) into some of the richest fertilizer around.
Now that may not sound like a big deal or a big job unless you know these numbers.
The waste created by the average American household is made up of 33% paper and almost 13% food waste. With a simple worm bin and a pound of worms, you can turn most of that into a natural supplement for your garden, shrubs and houseplants.
Michelle McCarty is the owner and CEO of Wonder Wormin’ Vermicomposting Systems. She says vermicomposting can transform almost half of a household’s waste and keep it out of landfills.
This California girl does workshops teaching Vermicomposting. She raises Red Wigglers and builds worm bins. She sells them as kits to people who want to start their own worm farms at home. And Michelle also sells worm castings (vermicast) and worm tea that she produces herself.
McCarty makes money by selling worms and bins but her business is really a labor of love. She is a teacher. She shares information, advice and articles to help people learn about going green and leaving a smaller footprint on our planet.
And that’s why I added her to my list of 365 people and businesses helping to change the world.
Know any other people in your town or city who are helping others? Send me the name of the group and any info you want to share and I will do the rest.