SGHS Meeting: Smart as Poop, Ottawa’s Vermicomposting Experts, with Doreen Manley


Tuesday, September 19    
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Johnny Leroux Stittsville Community Arena
10 Warner-Colpitts Ln. , Stittsville, Ontario, K2S1V7

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The next meeting of the Stittsville Goulbourn Horticultural Society is on Tuesday, September 19th. The meeting will be held in person at the Johnny Leroux Community Arena (second floor), 10 Warner-Colpitts Lane, Stittsville, at 7:30 pm. If you prefer to attend the meeting on Zoom, please send a request a few days before to and the Zoom link will be sent to you.

Tonight we host Doreen Manley of Smart as Poop, Ottawa’s vermicomposting experts. Doreen will teach us how to harness the power of the mighty red wiggler composting worm to turn your household’s organic waste into nature’s most powerful fertilizer. Sit back while Smart as Poop removes the “ew” factor and debunks the common myths associated with vermicomposting. Contrary to popular belief, vermicomposting is easy, odourless, and requires minimal maintenance. Come and learn how, with Smart as Poop.(

A failed season of crops kickstarted Doreen’s vermicomposting journey and she hasn’t looked back since. Over the past 13 years, Doreen and her family have turned their 29 acre property in Stittsville into a self-sustaining farm. The family’s hobby farm blossomed into a small business selling fresh eggs, chicken, turkey, and a wide array of vegetables, and is now the city’s source of vermicomposting tools, supplies, and red wiggler composting worms. The farm is bursting with life and Doreen vows that it is largely due to vermicompost.

Now a firm believer in the power of red wigglers, Doreen’s mission is to introduce homes, educators and students alike to these environmental heroes—the red wigglers themselves—and to help us all do our part in the fight against the climate crisis.

Come join us for a lively presentation. Society members are invited to bring goodies or snacks to share during the meeting. Juice will be available, so please bring your own mug. There will also be a sharing table for those who wish to share their plants, seeds, books, or supplies.

If you are not a member and would like to attend free as a one-time guest, or if you would like to become a member, please send an email to The annual membership is $15 per person or $25 per family.