Artticles throughout the years on Maggie and her worm farm.
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(NECN) - Worms are an organic way to give your garden a real boost. We visited Cape Cod Worm Farm, which has been family owned since 1974.
Worms create space around the roots of plants, which helps them grow better. They also leave nutrient rich castings behind.
"If you were to take a child and want to give them a healthy diet, that's what the worm casting is. It's the optimum health for plants." Rottisha sells adult worms for about $26 a pound.
She has been working the worm beds since she could walk. For her, it's more than a job. "My great grandmother passed away a year ago, so for me, this is keeping her memory alive."
She isn't grossed out by the worms - she says they're like low maintenance pets. She said, "It's not like a cat or a dog where you have to like feed them and pet them every single day."
Perhaps the human animal, with its unparalleled ego, is not quite ready to concede the superiority of any other organism.
Yet, like it or not, a good case can be made for the lowly earthworm being the most perfectly designed, and eternally significant, creature on God's green earth.
Or under it.
Lumbricus terrestris -- from Aristotle to Shakespeare many of the great minds throughout history have postulated on the common worm's uncommon importance in the vast order of things.
What the poets call The Cycle Of Life.
Since long before humankind slithered out of the primordial ooze, the Emperor Worm has reigned -- and will continue, the more pessimistic among us suspect, long after we've gone the way of the Dodo bird.
One Buzzards Bay resident could not agree more with this view of the worm's integral importance.
For Maggie Pipkins, the brains and brawn behind The Cape Cod Wormery -- an earthworm farm -- these slender, segmented, subterranean creatures are life itself..... http://archive.southcoasttoday.com/daily/04-00/04-25-00/b01li109.htm
GOT DIRT? the art of building soil
by Michelle Koch
Ask ten gardeners how to improve the soil and you’ll get nine different recommendations. (The tenth guy won’t tell.) On Cape Cod, where the glaciers have left us with sand and some clay, enriching the soil is essential. Here, half a dozen friendly folks share their strategies for creating primo dirt. http://www.ediblecommunities.com/capecod/summer-2009/got-dirt.htm
A Wriggly Business
CURWOOD: Some people have an unusual ability to improvise. Necessity seems to only make them more creative. Today we bring you the story of one such woman. Maggie Pipkins is 86. Although her husband served in the Air Force, money was always tight. So Mrs. Pipkins, who prefers to be called "Maggie," started a business: a worm farm. These days, she ships out these natural tillers – garden worms – and their castings, by the ton. They go to customers in Europe, Africa, and other parts of the world.
From Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Producer Ian Gray has this profile.