"Honey," said Emily, "maybe you should let me lead the discussion?
What do you think?"
"You bet. I'll take notes."
When the dishes were cleared away, they got right to it. Dewey
loosened his necktie and got ready to take notes.
"All right now," said Emily, brightly, "let's think vermiculture!
Here are our facts. Dewey grows the best red wiggler worms in the
valley. We know they're great fishing worms, and if you have a
compost pile, they can turn ordinary garbage into castings that make
great fertilizer. So how do we tell the people ... I mean everyone
... that they need worms in their lives?"
"Need a catchy phrase, maybe," said Steve, our tall cowboy.
"Good. Good. I like that. Any ideas?"
Mrs. Doc said, hesitantly, "How about ‘Worms taste good. Ask any
Dewey wrote it down.
"A fish with every wiggle," said Delbert.
"I like what I'm hearing here," Emily said. "Who's next?"
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"Turn your garbage into plant food. Use a worm," Anita said.
"Very good," Emily said. "I like where we're going."
"Emily," said Delbert, "do they do anything besides eat manure
and feed fish?"
"I'm not sure. Dewey?"
The chairman of the board shrugged. "Robins like 'em."
"That's it!" Steve said, "Worms are for the birds!"
"Might need to work on that one a bit."
There was a collective sigh as they all began to think
vermiculture. Loretta brought them all coffee. She wondered why no
one had ordered the spaghetti. It was the blue-plate special today.
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