Grow Dallas – Meet Heather Rinaldi

RWC “Worm Friend”, Heather Rinaldi, recently sent me a link for a really cool video featuring some work she is doing with another Dallas area green business owner. Here is what she had to say about it:

Just wanted to let you know that vermicomposting and using vermicompost for local organic growing are being thrown out as “an idea worth sharing” here at the local TEDx forum at Southern Methodist University. My GROW Dallas partner, Andrea Bithell, and I really tried to make an educational video to help people get their hands around the concept of capturing waste, vermicomposting, and growing their own healthy vegetables. We tried hard to make it educational and a call to action, vs. a commercial. Here is the video (and that is an outdoor worm trench on the side of my house, not a garden in the first scene–some people were saying they wanted to see a little bit of what my “operation” looked like)!

This concept is very similar to a “brainstorm” of my own, and I can’t help but feel that there is SO MUCH untapped potential here. Not only is this a really nifty eco-business idea, but these gals are also empowering the community to grow their own eco-friendly, healthy food! It doesn’t get much better than that!

Thanks Heather, for sharing (and inspiring)!

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  1. Heather and Andrea,
    That is a super video!

    • Larry D.
    • October 20, 2010

    Heather,i got to build me one of those.No doubt that Big D. has gotten a lot greener!Don’t forget to wear a buff! If you can’t find one,i’ll send you one with fishies!!! Ha ha!
    Nice video! You and Andrea keep up the great job! Now i gotta go build something!

    • Heather Rinaldi
    • October 20, 2010

    Mark: Thanks! And I just love that song, reminds me of some of the Schoolhouse Rock songs from childhood, but with a whole new theme.

    Larry–most of the time I was shooting in lots of shade, or had changed out of my big brimmed hat right before. But..I still need to get myself a buff for my big sunny garden.
    The garden we built in the video is especially for people with joint pain, back injury, older, etc. At that height, it is easier on the body than bending down to a ground level box.

    • Larry D.
    • October 20, 2010

    Wearing a buff like i do during a video shoot,may make a few people think you are filming a western in Big D.I wear mine by the highway in front of my house.I see a few people who get a neck ache spinning around.But i noticed during fall months you can feel yourself getting burned quicker.
    That is what is so appealing about that type bed.You don’t have all that back bending.Not sure how many people request this style bed.But it sure looks like the one for me!
    Two of us are kind of handicapped.And my wife isn’t getting any younger either! Hey we been married long enough.She knows i mean aging gracefully! 🙂

  2. I watched the video again and I have to admit you both are naturals in front of the camera.

  3. To Heather & Andrea;
    That was a Great Show! It’s rewarding to see other concermed individuals educating the public on other avenues available for us all, for re-directing our organic waste from our landfills and giving back to Mother Nature, a time tested,(Millions of years),of proven chemical free organic materials. (Worm Castings / Verimcompost) Our Company, Harvesting Soultions – “It’s A Worm Farm Thing”, teaches the same issues here in Central California, to our youngsters, and the general population within our community. Great responces.
    It is a big mission, and we are glad to be apart of this process, and glad to see others doing the same!
    I wish you both continued sucess.

  4. Heather…this is fabulous! You and Andrea have done a great job and your mission is truly admirable! I look forward to hearing more on this!

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