Grow to Live

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

The Fuel We Eat and How to Stop It

I read a 1 2 neat little articles this morning about eating fossil fuels for breakfast. Not literally but figuratively. Have you ever thought about how much oil it takes to deliver food to your table? You should. It's one thing to cop the newest Toyota Hybrid but going the extra mile means finding out how far your the fertilizer that supplied your locally grown organic tomato has traveled and by what means. Moving on, sort of.

Reading about fertilizer, travel distances and the like gave me a good opportunity to pat myself on the back for undertaking the task of composting with worms. Many of you have probably heard me speak on it but rarely do I expound on what the process is and why it's vital to the organic farmer. I won't here either because the good people at do a much better job than I do. More gratifying is how many people I've introduced to composting and not only that but getting them to understand the benefits to themselves on a personal level but also to the planet as a whole.
My good friend Yvette (bless her heart) went the extra mile and bought what looks to be a professional worm box. Very aesthetically pleasing but far from functional. I don't think she appreciated the mass exodus of worms to her kitchen floor. The Brentwood boys came to the rescue and reconfigured her food scraps, newspapers and cardboard. Her worms are now living happily and consuming anything in their sights.

Worms are important. More importantly, worm castings(waste) are important.

They're not just little wiggly guys who come out in the rain. Our whole agricultural system is based on them doing their jobs.


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