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Thursday, 18 October 2007
Earthworm Interest Group of South AfricaThe humble earthworm has the amazing ability to turn organic waste into valuable plant and soil nutrients. The Earthworm Interest Group of South Africa seeks to educate people on how to use worms to reduce their trash whilst helping their garden at the same time.

There are very few plants on this planet that can survive without soil. Soil is the basic medium for producing all the food humans and animals need for survival and it follows that proper care of the soil is essential if anything is to grow.  It is rather frightening to observe the way this vital element has been degraded by injudicious farming and gardening methods. One of the serious consequences of these practices has been the drop in numbers of the one little creature that is able to rebuild soil, no matter how it has been depleted:  the humble earthworm.

No matter how small a garden is or how large a farm is, the owner is in a position to do something to restore soil quality or to maintain the soil that he is using at a high level of fertility.  This can be done by either introducing earthworms into your soil, or by making sure that you provide conditions which ensure not only their survival, but that their population growth is sustained.

It is to assist all those who are interested in maintaining healthy, fertile soil, that the Earthworm Interest Group of Southern Africa (EIGSA) was formed in November, 2004.  The purpose of this article is to give readers some background information about EIGSA and to invite people of all ages to join EIGSA. 

Among the main objectives of EIGSA is to provide a forum for anybody with an interest in earthworms to:

  • Contribute from their own experiences with earthworms
  • Ask questions
  • To be put in touch with suppliers of earthworms, their by-products and more...

Articles of interest are frequently sent to all on our mailing list.  Several of these have been contributed by EIGSA members, others by courtesy of magazines, news media and the Internet.

Our members have already conducted several seminars in various centres throughout the area we cover.  These have all been very well received by those who attended.

We set up an organising committee during 2005, mainly to organise our Open Days, but also to run the affairs of the Interest Group.  This committee comprises representatives from each of the regional groups, into which EIGSA membership is divided.

Membership is free to all who have access to the Internet, but those who need communications to be sent by any other means will be required to pay a small annual fee, to cover the cost of sending by fax or by regular post.

We would like to invite you to join us.  To do so, all you need to do is to contact Ken Reid.  He can be contacted by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it by fax at 086 672 2958 or by letter at P. O. Box 1577, Ferndale, 2160.

Please supply the following information with your application:

  • Family name and given name (please add the name you like to be called)
  • Physical address (we would like to try to group members according to their region where possible)
  • Email address
  • Fax number (only if email is not available to you)
  • Postal address (only if neither email nor fax are available to you)
  • Preferred language for all communications (we undertake to try to send communications in the Southern African language of your choice)

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