Spring Update

Spring has sprung and compost is flying off the shelves like hot cakes. Thanks in part to nice weather (we are calling it “Springamaggedon”) and the need to clear out of our old site we sold more compost in Feb than we ever had in a single month. This is the time of year we get excited to see friends and customers met over the years and to check in on how their farms, gardens and projects are developing. Spring is exciting.

Something else happened recently, Dirt Hugger turned FIVE on March 8th!?! It’s really hard to believe that we’ve made it past the toddler stage and are now full blown pre-schoolers.   According to statistic brain only 49% of manufacturing start ups make it past the 4th year of operation. (There are some other amazing statistics on why start ups fail- check it out if you’re interested). We are proud, humbled and honored to be a part of the 49%.

Many people ask -we are open and operating at our new site in Dallesport, Washington. It is located at 168 Highway 197- 2 miles from the center of The Dalles bridge on 197 on the right hand side (right across from Gillmore Fish Smokehouse). 

We’ve only been at the new site for a few months and aren’t nearly finished with construction, but we’ve noticed some major changes. The main thing is a major increase in efficiency. We haven’t crunched all the numbers, but anecdotally our front end loaders used to run 6-8 hrs per day at the old site, at the new site we are running a loader about 2 hrs/day. That is an enormous savings!

Here are some photos of what’s been happening at the Hugger lately. Thanks for being a part of it.

Loading Up

Loading Up

Stuck in an orchard - ouch

Stuck in an orchard – ouch

bagging for Hood River Supply

bagging for Hood River Supply

The Caddy Lives

The Caddy Lives – Taylor put a new (used) engine in. Better than ever.

Casa Verde

Casa Verde

Future Cherry Orchard- compost first

Future Cherry Orchard- compost first

Installing irrigation at Dirt Hugger

Installing irrigation at Dirt Hugger

Demo'ing the Hurrikan - Thanks Todd and Dan

Demo’ing the Hurrikan – Thanks Todd and Dan

Spring deliveries

Spring deliveries

Andrew completes the CFOT training course

Andrew completes the CFOT training course

Fusing pipes for the new aeration pad

Fusing pipes for the new aeration pad

Finally - A sign at Dirt Hugger 2.0

Finally – A sign at Dirt Hugger 2.0

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Food Scraps Program Update

There have been questions lately about the food scraps program in The Gorge. Some cans have not been collected due to contamination or discrepancies over what can and cannot go in the food scraps bin. Hood River Garbage and Dirt Hugger have produced an updated list of what can and cannot go in the bin (see PDF below). We apologize for any issues with your service and hope that this updated flyer will provide clear guidance on the program. We appreciate your support and understanding.

Dirt Hugger is committed to making high quality compost. We hand pick every load that comes in to our site. Your food waste is our ingredient – please keep it clean.

FOOD SCRAPS PROGRAM – PDF

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