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E-M:/ Earth Day Opportunity with a Book Worm (Ooops - Worm Book)
I would like to share an unabashed endorsement of an earthday opportunity and some excellent educational materials. >Mary Applehof is a friend and scientist "extraordinare". Her unassuming "world headquarters" are in Kalamazoo and if it is worms you want, worms you will get, but it is hard not to get an education about sustainable living if you talk to her.
Mary knows more about worms than anyone I know and is committed to sustainable
earth practices (well ok, so I don't know many people who are worm experts:>). She studies the many worm species world-wide. Her focus for business, however is focused on home use of worms to "eat my garbage". In my book, she is devoted to education more than to profit. I am guessing that most of her proceeds are fed back into her efforts to make kids, big and small, more ecologically minded when it comes to managing our food wastes. She is active on a global basis, continuing to work overseas in India, Russia, and elsewhere, spreading the word. Mary is a Michigan treasure (if we may claim her)!
Anyway, here is some information I received from her with a request asking if I would mind sharing it. I am privileged to do so, so here 'tis.
>Subj: Worm Powering Kids
>Date: 03/05/2003 4:12:49 PM Eastern Standard Time
>Worm Powering Kids
>Looking for ideas on how to get involved during the 33rd anniversary of
>Earth Day? Eco-minded adults across the nation are planning to read "Compost, By Gosh!" to groups of children to celebrate Earth Day 2003. To empower,
>educate and love children is to read to them.
[copywrite protected poem (delightful) omitted]
>Mary Rife, retired Children's Librarian from the Kalamazoo Public Library,
>says this about "Compost, By Gosh! An Adventure in Vermicomposting" by
>"At last a good book on vermicomposting for ages 4-9 with interest for
>anyone involved in organic gardening and composting. The book with its
>four-color illustrations and rhymed text catch the essence of why compost!
>The squirmy redworms will sell children on composting. Worms are kids'
>friends and finding out their usefulness will prompt them to convince the
>adult in their life to set-up a composting bin.
>The book gives good instructions. The drawings help, showing the steps
>from bin to black muck and healthy plants. An excellent addition was the
>plants greening up the yard visible from the window. That's proof of the
>Useful to anyone teaching about composting, worms, or how to set-up a worm
>bin are the instructions with the selected bibliography at the end of the
>book. A useful, fun book, by Gosh!"
>Whether you read it to a small group, large group, library group,
>gardening group, scout troop, school, or club, there are countless
>opportunities to gather and share.
>We've set up an area on Worm Woman's website for anyone who will commit to
>read "Compost, By Gosh!" to any group of any size or age leading up to
>Earth Day (April 22) and beyond. We call the program "Worm Powering Kids."
>You can sign up, order the book (we'll pay the postage if you sign up),
>even print out a flyer to post your event!
>to learn more, get your name on the list, and see who else is there!
>PS We have a delightful children's color picture book, "Compost, By Gosh!"
>by Michelle Eva Portman. I've had a wonderful time reading it to
>elementary school children. . . and I know that middle school kids like
>it, too! Check our website for details.
>http://www.wormwoman.com/acatalog/Compost_By_Gosh_.html Available now.
>Mary Appelhof, Author of "Worms Eat My Garbage"
>Flowerfield Enterprises,10332 Shaver Road,Kalamazoo, MI 49024 USA
>PLEASE NOTE NEW AREA CODE: PH:269-327-0108 FAX 269-327-7009
>"Changing the way the world thinks about garbage"
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