Havana Times writer Irina Echarry and I decided to build a worm hatchery. We’re now collecting scraps and leftovers of food for the compost – and not even overlooking rinds in the garbage.
The principal objective is to create humus for our tree nursery, but in addition to that we’re excited about practicing and spreading awareness of such a simple and non-aggressive method of improving the planet’s soils, since it seems like even these are being destroyed faster than they are formed.
One feels rich when doing something constructive, and that much better when it’s in good company.
A question has arisen in terms of what species worm to raise though. In Cuba there is one that emerges spontaneously, but in all the bibliographic materials we’ve gone over, the Californian Red Worm is suggested as being the most efficient, healthy, adaptive etc.
After much discussion on the matter, and trying to avoid nationalism and xenophobia in our attempt (which is more difficult than it sounds), we’ve decided to build three hatcheries at the same time: one for the Cuban worms, another for the Californians; and a third internationalist hatchery where both types will coexist.
I don’t know if it’s a good idea. I don’t know if they’ll work together in producing humus, but at least we will be bringing about the formation of values among the worms: those of unity and solidarity among workers of all species.
Worms of all countries unite!