Worms have fascinated me since childhood and now I know why. Don’t get me wrong, I have read about and have a clear understanding of worm composting or vermiculture and its tremendous benefits but for one reason or another I had yet to fully embrace the practice. Then I received a review copy of Amy Stewart’s The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms and accepted my fate as a newly-minted worm guy.
If you have never read Stewart’s work you are in for a treat. It is no accident that she is the author of several New York Times bestsellers; the woman has a gift with words that is only matched by the passion with which she delves into her subject matter and The Earth Moved is so exception. Even those with little interest in creepy-crawlies can’t help but be taken in by Stewart’s unique edutainment voice. She can make the most boring science feel like the season premiere of your favorite prime time drama.
In short, if you weren’t a fan of earthworms or Amy Stewart before you read this book, you will be after. What? You don’t have a copy, you say? Well as it happens, I have one to give away, but not so fast, Speedy McFast.
See, there is more to this story than just a kickass book. The winner of this sweepstakes is also going to be the proud recipient of their very own Worm Factory 360 from the folks at Nature’s Footprint. The Worm Factory isn’t just a worm compost bin, it is like a luxury worm condo that makes worm composting easy, and free of odor and mess.
The beauty of the design is that they have addressed the two most common complaints about worm composting. Now you don’t have to separate piles of worms from their valuable castings (a fancy word for worm poop) and you don’t have to worry about the mess of draining excess liquid from the container because both issues have been resolved in this ingenious design.
The Worm Factory 360 is made up of stackable trays that make the magic happen. When one tray is full, you simply add a new tray and the worms climb through the open mesh bottom of the first tray to reach the food. A few weeks later and that first tray is full of worm compost that is ready for use and the circle of life continues [cue Elton John music].
So you’re going to receive a great book and a great worm composting kit – what could be better? I’ll tell you what. I am going to be using my new Worm Factory 360 right along with you. Nature’s Footprint was nice enough to send me one to review, so I will be telling you about the entire process from the beginning right here on MEG with photos and a special video diary too.
The book and bin will go to one lucky winner who leaves a worm-related comment on this post, so get busy – you only have until Friday, March 30th to enter! One entry per person, please.
DISCLOSURE: Review copies of all products included in this sweepstakes giveaway were provided to the reviewer (that’s me) at no charge. All opinions in this and all future review posts of these products are my own.