So here it is, spring of 2020, people are putting their gardens in, and Good Sweet Earth is...out of Worm Compost? Uh, what?!
Yeah, for the past several weeks, if you've tried to purchase Living Worm Compost on our website, you've probably noticed that we're sold out. So just what the heck's going on here? Isn't Worm Compost what put us on the map?
Here's the scoop: Last summer, we began selling CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) shares of our Worm Compost. Basically, that means, people can pre-pay for either 100, 200 or 300 pounds of our Worm Compost, and then when they need some, we deliver the amount they need right to their doorstep.
So the CSA program was pretty popular with local gardeners. We sold a lot of shares of the CSA over the past year. And that means we need to have enough Worm Compost on-hand to deliver to our shareholders at all times. We also had a quick burst of Worm Compost sales in March.
Now normally, we would have no problem having enough Worm Compost to provide our shareholders with what they purchased AND enough to sell by the bagful to gardeners throughout the spring. But then COVID-19 hit, and our usual sources of worm food sorta dried up for a while, which means our worms are running a few weeks behind schedule. They weren't getting fed the normal amount of rotten produce, so we're not able to bag up the normal amount of castings.
But fear not! We're again collecting that unused produce from our local sources. And we're shoving those rotten fruits and veggies into our bins as fast as our hungry worms can eat them. We're expecting to have Worm Compost available for sale again by mid-June.
We know it's not ideal, and we really do apologize for the delay. But we also thank you for your continued interest in our Living Worm Compost! (And might we suggest buying into our Worm Compost CSA once it's available for purchase again, because when you pre-pay for the stuff, you've always got dibs; you're guaranteed Worm Compost even when it's not available for the general public to purchase!)
In the meantime, we've got plenty of our Worm Tea, Raw Biochar, Alfalfa Meal and Bold Tomato.
Like most Americans, our family has been hunkered down for the past couple of weeks, avoiding as much social contact as possible to help slow down the spread of COVID-19. It’s meant a lot more “home time” for us, which means more board games, reading, Disney+ and even a little yard work when the weather permits.
But even as the weather warms, we expect to spend a lot more time at home this summer than in years past. Events like Holland’s Tulip Time have already been cancelled, and it’s uncertain what other outdoor events and activities will look like in the months ahead. And so we’re already looking forward to some fun activities we can do in our yard.
As we get ready for spring to hit, it’s important to think about your turf, especially if there will be increased traffic on it this year. Chemical fertilizers, while giving an immediate burst of color and growth, don’t actually do much for the overall health of your grass. Plus, chemical fertilizers and weed killers can be harmful for people and pets.
Good Sweet Earth offers an alternative that can make your turf better suited for increased foot traffic and playtime, as well as keeping it healthy for kids and pets to roll around on. We use only things found in nature to feed your turf—vermicompost, kelp, alfalfa meal and grains. Sound simple? It is, but we’ve been doing this for more than a decade now, and it really, really works. If you’re interested in getting a quote for services, or learning more, give us a call at 616.594.0693 or email our lawn guy Steve at Steve@GoodSweetEarth.com.
More time spent on your lawn means it’s more important than ever to have turf that is both safe for your family AND looks great.
Rain or shine (or whatever Michigan's skies give us), join us at Wedgewood Park, 3301 Wilson SW, in Grandville this Saturday, April 20, from noon to 3pm.
We'll be there to answer any questions you might have about organic lawn care, as well as a fun activity for the kids.
In addition to Good Sweet Earth, there will be a tree planting workshop, presented by the Grandville City Tree Board (noon-1pm); a workshop on native landscaping (1-2pm); and a rain barrel and rain garden workshop (2-3pm).
There will also be native plant vendors on-hand (cash only), planting activities, special activities from the Friends of Buck Creek, games, and Grandville Mayor Maas' "Famous Organic Granola" for sale.
Activities are free, and we hope to see you there!
We're excited to be part of the Fourth Annual Macatawa Water Festival this Saturday, July 14, at Windmill Island in Holland! The event goes from 9am-1pm, and is free to the public.
We'll be joining over 30 other community organizations promoting a cleaner, healthier Macatawa Watershed. Activities will include kayaking, fishing and crafts! Meijer will be there providing fresh fruits and veggies from local farmers.
Good Sweet Earth will be there (Steve & Corey) to talk about the importance of healthy soil and vermicomposting in relation to healthy watersheds, with a craft for the kiddos.
The Macatawa Water Festival benefits Project Clarity.
Windmill Island is located at 1 Lincoln Avenue in Holland. For more information, click here.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Victory Garden. In case you’re unfamiliar with this bit of agricultural history, here’s a quick summary:
Victory Gardens became popular during World War I as a way to ease demand on the public food supply, as well as boost morale for Americans struggling through a major war. The Victory Garden campaign was then resurrected during World War II for all the same reasons, but this time, it spread across European nations as well.
The government, during both wars, encouraged families to grow fruits and vegetables in their yards, as well as in community gardens.
The idea to encourage backyard and community gardens sprung from the need to increase food supply at a time when our agricultural resources were being shifted elsewhere, and transportation facilities were needed for the war effort.
Every family that grew their own tomatoes, carrots, berries, herbs and cucumbers did so because they truly felt like their backyard garden was contributing to a larger cause. President Woodrow Wilson said, “Food will win the war.”
So what does this have to do with us today? Is there a place for Victory Gardens in 21st century America?
Well, let’s think about this: there might not be a great American war raging in the traditional sense, but what about a war against corporate greed? Unsafe farming practices? Chemicals invading our environment and polluting our water supply? An economic culture that forces us to rely almost exclusively on corporations for our well-being? Worker exploitation?
What if we started fighting for the small family farmer? For a cleaner watershed? For an environment with less greenhouse gasses? For healthy soil that won’t erode when the wind blows? For produce grown in an environment that didn’t exploit labor?
The more food we grow ourselves, the less we rely on corporate supermarkets, shipping companies and corporate mega-farms for our food. For every tomato we grow ourselves, that’s one less tomato that had to be trucked across the country in a hot semi from a corporate farm to a chain store.
The more organic fertilizers and soil amendments we use, the less we rely on multi-national chemical companies to feed our plants (and ruin our soil). For every bag of Worm Compost, or alfalfa meal, or biochar, or fish emulsion, we use, that’s less money going into the pockets of billion-dollar chemical companies. Natural fertilizers and amendments also replenish the microorganisms and organic matter in the soil that chemicals destroy.
The more we shop from local farms, co-ops, CSAs and farmers markets, the more of our money stays right here in our own community. For every bundle of radishes you buy directly from the local farmer who grew it, that’s money going to a family that lives, plays, works and goes to school within 50 miles of your own home.
So, you want to do your part to heal the planet? Rely less on corporations for your food. Rely less on laboratories for your fertilizer. Rely MORE on locally-grown organic food—that either you grow or a small family farmer has grown for you. Let’s re-introduce Victory Gardens for the 21st century— the war might not be the same as it was a hundred years ago, but if we lose this one, what kind of planet will we leave for our kids?
If you’d like to grow more chemical-free food for your family this year, check out these Good Sweet Earth products, or (if you live in West Michigan) hire your own personal garden consultant to walk you through the growing season. If you’d like to buy some local produce, here are a few local West Michigan sources we love that you can try out this year as well:
Steve & Corey Veldheer are organic yard & garden specialists in west Michigan.