Sustainable Communities Network is a  commnity-based  non-profit organization located in Lexington, Ky that endeavors to educate, inspire, build, create and empower sustainable cities

2011 Fundraising Letter
with highlights of our work in 2010

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We encourage you to read our

SCN Annual Report 2009

Back 2 Nature project Report

Youth GreenCorps Report

GROWLEX Community Garden Manual

Sustainable Communities Network contributed articles, photographs and quotes for this book.


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God's Worms
A project of Sustainable Communities Network and the Catholic Action Center

     What is God’s Worms?
A community of worms that will reduce food waste going to our landfill while creating a source of organic material for gardeners! Over 30,000 worms were the beginning of God’s Worms in June of 2009; the worms are growing quickly and within six months will have multiplied to a community of over 1,000,000! They will become part of an effort to provide an economic opportunity for the homeless of our community who will feed, market, and be the “bin supervisors”. Worms, the castings, and “tea” from the castings will be sold to area gardeners and on Ebay to create luscious vegetables and flowers with their extraordinary natural fertilization. Sustainable Communities Network(SCN) will create educational and environmental projects for schools, homes and businesses with God‘s Worms.

What do the worms eat?
Vegetable food scraps from Fresh Approach, a workshop for mentally and/or physically handicapped members of our community that provides prepared vegetables to local restaurants. The worms eat weekly; the scraps are specially prepared with a food grinder. These food scraps are then turned into nature’s most fertile soil!

Where is this worm community?
God’s Worms is located near the hoop house near Fresh Approach. The worms are in bins that are kept at a comfortable temperature in moist soil. Each bin is a compost and is the home to over 2,000 worms! Schedule a tour by calling (859) 270-3699.

Why do this?
In this challenging economic time, we all need to do what we can to protect our environment, produce healthy food and create ways to be a sustainable community. Worms are a very important part of our ecosystem. God’s Worms will be a hand-on, educational experience for men, women and children. With the expertise of Jim Embry of SCN, schools, community and church groups can schedule workshops, receive materials and support in creating worm composting with these adorable, wiggly creatures!
Call: (859) 270-3699
email: embryjim@gmail.com



Fresh Start Plan  Contributions(Jim Embry) 

Embry Web Articles
Embry Ace Articles
Brattleboro 100year plan

Hip Hop Vegan Group

Sam Levin 2008 Terra Madre

ACE Weekly download articles

Gardens of Eatin

Shovel Ready

Lexington Gardens Grow

Dig It: Gardens Root

HOBY Eco-Art 2009
HOBY Eco-Art 2008

Model of the Year
Closing the Food Gap

Greening of Bryan Station High School

Growing Food & Justice conference

Community Garden Tour Report

Gardening with Class

Bluegrass Food Security Summit 2010

The Great Work

The Great Turning

Farm to School

School gardens

Catherine Ferguson Academy

Catherine Ferguson "O" magazine article

Asenath Andrews

 Grown in Detroit_


Food and Sacred Earth Connections

Religion and Environment

Closing the Food Gap 2008

Profile of Food Policy Councils by State

interactive map of food policy councils

 Climate Change  portal information

Climate Change Books

African Americans Climate Change:Unequal Burden_REPORT

African Americans Climate Change Ex Summary

African Americans Climate Change Bullard Bibliography

Slow Food Newsletter