BAGUIO CITY, Philippines -- The local newspaper NorthernWeekly carries an advertisement that answers the question, "Where do we get our African night-crawler worms?"
The advertisement says: "For Sale: vermicompost, vermicast, African nightcrawlers. We also offer Basic Vermi Training." Cell-phone numbers were also included, and a website to go.
In Baguio City, the group Baguio Vermi Growers is fast growing in membership. Its members include nuns of at least two Catholic congregations, non-government organizations, local government units, ordinary housewives and traditional farmers.
It offers besides consultancy and field visits to vermicomposting sites, education on biodiversity and the environment and basic vermiculture.
Baguio Vermi Growers get support from the Tebtebba Foundation, a Baguio-based international center for indigenous peoples.
Among the showcases are the Sta. Scholastica vermifarm and the Religious of the Good Sheperd organic farm.#