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September 2007

A few strange things that happened this week.

By Heather 12 years ago

I was attending a talk by Larry Bailin of Single Throw at The Podcast and New Media Expo in LA when he jokingly posed the question: I don’t suppose there’s anyone in this room who has produced a show on “Worm Farming”
Picture his face when I put my hand up…..and imagine mine when he gave me his new book! Thanks Larry.

Can-O-Worms is on sale in Marks and Spencer! (Its true.)

I have been invited to spend two days on a grocery van with Cherie in Michigan. Cherie had to take over her husbands fruit and vegetable business when he was killed last year. She delivers produce to an Amish community, who have really supported her. (I’m going – I cant wait).

The Wiggly Podcast has made the big three icony things on iTunes and this has resulted in a squillion billion extra downloads.

Our Pool Team (Red Lion Madley A) won again this week which makes us UNBEATEN for the season (it has only been three weeks, but even so…)

Rach and San have had 500 photos on Friday as Google have chosen Wiggly Wigglers as their “face” of the next quarter in their UK business advertising campaign. Roll over Kate Moss…

Latest iTune review for The Wiggly Podcast

By Heather 12 years ago

Our latest review is up on iTunes>
Here we are:

"4 stars by Allotmentman

What a bunch of Frootloops!

This is a podcast you will really look forward to downloading every week. Gardening, farming and environmental issues are discussed in a light-hearted - often hilarious - and passionate way, you will also learn a great deal and be affected by the issues raised...even when Ricardo is banging on about worms you are still captivated by his passion.
The trio obviously enjoy what they do and their bounding enthusiasm is a joy to listen to.
So if you want to travel to work, walk the dog or garden etc, with an inane grin on your face then add this to your downloads. You will not be disappointed. Just dont listen to episode 100 first - you will think the lunatics are running the asylum.
Thanks guys."

If you want to find which show to listen to what, check them out here.

Our new catalogue is out

By Heather 12 years ago

You can give us a ring to send on 01981 500391 or order one online here:

I hate that plastic covering that is used all the time to send out catalogues and magazines. They have now produced biodegradable product but I believe this isn't the best solution, especially as I think it has to be genetically modified.

Its really difficult to move over to envelopes as they weigh much more and to give you an idea of the impact the difference between sending a catalogue at 100g and a catalogue in an envelope weighing say 200g would be £8000!

Anyway we decided to take the bull by the horns and try sending the catalogue out without any covering at all - BARE!. So far it seems to have worked... we are really pleased as we have saved all that plastic waste, and the cost of packing them:

Here's just a few responses we've had by email:

May I just say what a great idea it was to post out the Wiggly Wigglers
catalogue without using plastic wrap or an envelope. It was a pleasure
to receive it without having anything to recycle or throw away. You may
like to know that it arrived in absolutely perfect condition - no
creases or tears at all.

Can I also compliment you on your new catalogue. I found it very easy to
browse and it looks lovely inside. I have found a good few things I like
and will hopefully be ordering soon.



In response to you sending out catalogues without using envelopes or plastic bags, what a fantastic idea! It works perfectly well. Your latest catalogue arrived in perfect condition and as soon as I saw it, I knew it was my catalogue and I commented to my husband what a good idea it was not to have a jacket. It proves that they are completely unnecessary. Keep up the good work!

just to say I thought posting the catalogue with no plastic was great- I could look at it straight away without tearing plastic and nothing to the land-fill! and it wasn't damaged Alison t

Hi Heather

We have had no internet access for a few weeks but
glad to say we are all hooked up again...not a moment
too soon...I was suffering from withdrawal
symptons...no Wiggly podcast for 5 weeks.
Having updated my podcast subscriptions I settled down
in bed to listen, chuckled a bit laughed out loud and
felt that normality had returned at last...then you
mentioned that the new catalogue was winging its way
to me. i could not believe my luck.
However, having rushed home from work in eager
anticipation for over a week,,my catalogue did not
appear. Today work was so busy I did not ahve time to
think about it at all, and lo and behold my new
catalogue was waiting for me...I've had a quick flick
over a cup of coffee but am now off to bed to read it
in detail and I can't wait.My Ipod updated with
today's podcast, a new wiggly catalogue and next
springs planting to plan and anticipate...life doesn't
bet much better,

Thanks for the podcasts, thanks for making me
smile...time for bed :-))

Anita Roddick

By Heather 12 years ago

Anita Roddick died tonight aged 64
She was an inspiration to many - myself included. I was lucky enough to get to talk to her at the British Library last year where she had given of her time to mentor women entrepeneurs. She is a Wiggly customer and said how much she loved lots of the products (but that indeed our t'shirts are crap!) I was struck by her direct no nonsense approach, and her passion and enthusiasm. A real hero in my book.
You can listen to the podcasts by clicking on podcasts in the Wiggly website.

Recycling Miles

By Heather 12 years ago

What a great new term coined by Jane's Blog
as she decides whether or not to Bokashi!

Recycling miles are often ignored in our quest to be green (or not).

Carting waste around the countryside is really bad, but I think we have yet to consider the best way of recycling our green waste. Its true in many parts of the World that you can send your green waste and kitchen waste to a central composting facility. This may be better than landfill but to me it is so much better to deal with this resource at home in our own gardens.
First of all with the combination of making leaf mould and compost you can become completely peat and coir free, and need never buy anymore compost again. Secondly you can end up with free liquid fertiliser for life, and thirdly we aren't carting our waste from here to there, to buy it back again as soil conditioner!!

Heather Rant over!

We r 2!

By Heather 12 years ago

Two years ago on a Saturday in September Michael and I went to Podcastcon in London to find out all about Podcasting. Within a week we had recorded the first ever Wiggly Podcast (no I cant go back and listen to it....just cant!) Since then The Wiggly Team along with our editor and genius producer Michael have put together 99 shows which I am really really proud of. A Wiggly Legacy of sorts. Certainly A Wiggly Giggly! If you haven't had a listen yet - think of The Archers, but Funny... and you'll be on the right track. Anyway coming tomorrow is Episode 100! Why dont you let me know what you think? I'll post the link up tomorrow but if you want to get the feel of them check out another episode here.