Newsletter – July 2006



Yelm Earth Saturday Market


The Yelm Earth Saturday Market continues every Saturday through October with vendors displaying and selling their arts, crafts and other wares and produce.  This weekend, and upcoming weekends, the Yelm Co-op will also be selling “harvest your own” farm grown certified organic produce including:  2 varieties of kale, several varieties of lettuce and chard, broccoli, beets, carrots, and bok choy.  More varieties of farm grown certified organic vegetables are on their way!


The open air market is open from 10 AM to 3 PM while Yelm Earth Worm and Castings Farm will be open from 9:30 AM to 4 PM.


If you are interested in vending or want further information, please contact Carolyn Sheldon at 894-1383.


Gourmet Garlic


We have begun harvesting our Certified Organic Lorz Red Italian Garlic, and it is just as large, hot and spicy as in years past.  Stock up now before the harvest goes to our garlic hungry Whole Foods Markets and PCC.  $5.59/lb.


Rose Tips for July


Terri Hiatt, whom specializes in roses in her newspaper columns, talks and lectures is now recommending our Barefoot Soil Earthworm Castings to all of her rose clients.  In her words to us, “I love the stuff!  The combination of your castings, Terosa fertilizer and a couple of extra doses of alfalfa and Epsom salts has been very impressive in my own rose garden at home.”


Here are her July recommendations for your Pacific Northwest roses:


“Groom your roses by cutting off the bottom 1/3 of the leaves because those leaves have served their purpose and now act more as a host for bugs and disease than anything else.  Cut off all dead blooms above a 5 leaflet, cutting down to a 2nd or 3rd 5 leaflet on established roses (not brand new ones) to do a “mini pruning” and promote more growth and flowers.  Watering now is extremely important and will continue to be until mid-September.  Inconsistent watering can cause the rose to go dormant, thereby creating much less growth and fewer blooms and also making the rose much more susceptible to a spider mite invasion.  You can apply your 2nd application of Epsom salts and alfalfa just as you did in May.  The amounts of both are exactly the same;  2 cups alfalfa and ¼ cup Epsom salts.”


I would also recommend adding 1-2” of Barefoot Soil Earthworm Castings to the drip line to increase the microbial activity to effectively use the alfalfa and Epsom salts as well as any other organics in the soil and to provide a mulch layer to help maintain good moisture levels.


Introducing the Yelm Earth’s Barefoot SoilÔ Worm Tea Brewer


The Barefoot Soil brand Yelm Earth Worm Tea Brewer is now available.


We have created this kit to be the easiest and best way for amateur home users to brew supremely beneficial tea from worm castings, compost, or humus.  This system is an amazing and flexible tool for gardening and composting, and allows the beneficial microbial life in our Barefoot Soil Earthworm Castings to be multiplied many times over and applied easily as a liquid.  Brew your Tea in as little as 12 hours.


Brew your own tea at home with this 5 gallon unit.  $86.95 in stock.


Alternatively, we have Barefoot Soil Worm Tea available on Wednesdays and Saturdays for $5/gallon.  Bring your own container and save the $0.50/jug fee.  Reuse until forced to recycle!


Book and online interview archive:  An Omnivor’s Dilema


Our society’s primary focus on corn and soy beans as diet staples has created some surprising and disturbing consequences that are documented in Micheal Pollan’s new book An Omnivors Dilema.  He was interviewed on the April 14th, 2006 NPR Science Friday program.  The book has great reviews, but you can also listen to the archived link below to find:


Former Newsletters are now available on our website at


Erika Fehr will be holding an EM Bokashi Making with Potluck, Date:  Sunday July 30,  10am – 2pm

Location11624 Hobby ST, Yelm. Contact Erika at 894-6819 for more details.



Yelm Earth Worm and Castings Farm

14741 Lawrence Lake Road SE

Yelm, WA  98597


M-F: 9AM-5PM

Sat: 9:30AM-4PM

Sun: Closed


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