Spread the Love!

Over the past four years we have been renting spreaders in order to perform compost trials in orchards and vineyards. When the last available rental spreader was sold out of the area earlier this year we were scrambling to find a solution for our farm customers. Though it has been a stretch for us financially we knew a spreader is needed for the region.

We’re super excited to announce the arrival of a new piece of artillery to our line-up—the Kuhn Knight 8110—a side discharge spreader perfect for the efficient and precise application of compost, especially in tight orchard rows.  Seriously, this is “the Cadillac” (do people even say that anymore?) of spreaders.  This well-built rig, traditionally  used for manure application, is extremely suitable for spreading compost without getting bound-up.

unnamedWe can’t wait to put it to use!  We’re now offering two additional services:
1) We Spread—we’ll deliver compost to your orchard, farm, or vineyard and will spread for you.
2) Spreader Rental—Rent the spreader at a weekly rate and hook up to your tractor.

Check out our Compost Spreading page for rates and details.

Many thanks and gratitude to Papé Machinery (Hillsboro) and Kuhn Knight for helping make this happen!  We certainly hope to turn the Gorge agricultural scene on to this high-quality piece of equipment.


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Survey: Hood River Curbside Composting

Hood River City Council is looking at adding curbside composting to the existing garbage services.  There is a new survey out to help guide the council’s decision making. If you care about curbside composting in Hood River, please take 2 minutes to fill out the survey and spread the word!

coming to Hood River?

Coming to Hood River?

The City Council will address the issue at the Sept 28th meeting, 6pm, City Hall. Please come and show your support!

Some data from a 2010 study on organics and composting in the Gorge:

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40% of the Hood River waste stream is compostable!

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There is a pilot commercial program in HR, a residential program would help the commercial program grow.

Links to interesting info regarding the importance of curbside composting:

Tri Counties Recycling study on Composting in the Gorge

Website detailing best practices nationwide for curbside composting. FoodScrapsRecovery.com

Article on increased diversion rates from using roll carts.
Putting the Cart before the Bin


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