Update From the Front Lines of Composting

After an incredibly busy spring and early summer, it seems like we’ve now hit a fine cruising altitude to take us through the rest of the warm season.  So far this year we have kept nearly 17,000 tons of material out of land fills, burn piles, and other less ideal circumstances—all the while screening, blending, and delivering over 5,500 Cubic Yards of compost and compost blends.  Many thanks to our incredible customers for the support and for investing precious time, sweat, and energy into building healthy, nutrient-rich soils throughout the the Gorge region.

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join the team!

Now time for some updates:

We’re hiring!
We are currently seeking applicants for two open positions–a Heavy Equipment Mechanic and Site Project Finisher.  Check out the position descriptions here. If you fit the bill, please apply!  Know anybody? Send ’em our way.

coming to Hood River?

coming to Hood River?

Hood River Waste Group Meeting Coming Up
Do you want curbside compost collection in Hood River? If yes, please attend the city council meeting this upcoming Monday the 25th at 6pm. City Council will hear a proposal on an updated collection service, which includes yard debris/food waste collection. There will be questions and discussion following the presentation. This is a great chance to hear the proposal an show your support. We have been working on this for over four years and this is most likely a final push for the program. Your support matters.

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we aim for 40% moisture in our compost

Compost and Hydrophobia
Sounds scary, huh?  Well, no need to worry and here’s why.  During this time of year, when the sun is beating down and the winds are blowing like a banshee, soil moisture tends to evaporate at an incredibly fast rate.  Once dry, some soils, along with compost, tend to resist the rapid reintroduction of water.  Overly-dowsing in such a scenario can leading to water pooling, puddling, and running-off.  The best bet is to rehydrate the soils at an almost boringly slow rate to allow for an ideal level of percolation between the fine particles of the soil or compost.  This is best accomplished with a drip irrigation system or the mist setting on your sprinkler.  After an initial reintroduction of moisture, the soil will become less resistant and the watering levels can be turned up slightly to allow for a more efficient watering.

Similarly, for customers incorporating compost into their garden beds or landscaping projects throughout the drier summer months, we try to encourage applying water intermittently throughout the the duration of the project to ensure adequate protection from hydrophobia.

Please Share Your Story
As both a business and active member of the local agriculture/gardening scene, we would be thrilled to receive feedback regarding your experiences using any Dirt Hugger products this year or in the past.  Feel free to share your experiences (including beautiful plant photos) to info@dirthugger.com.

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Gavin “G-Unit” represents while blending up some amendments

The wizards from Green Mountain Technologies coming to test duct velocities on the air pad

The wizards from Green Mountain Technologies coming to test duct velocities on the air pad

testing duct velocity. 120 mph - not bad.

testing duct velocity. 120 mph – not bad.

the spreader on display

the spreader on display

composting cherries

composting cherries

Tater doing one more engine swap

Tater doing one more engine swap

Applied Physics dept from PSU doing methane testing on compost. (they think compost might even eat methane!!!)

Applied Physics dept from PSU doing methane testing on compost. (they think compost might even eat methane!!!)

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Bringin’ Home the Buckle

Resized_20160625_162139We’d always had a hunch that our team was the best in the business and this past weekend brought validation. Taylor “Tater” Alsheimer and Andrew “Booter” Voodre headed down to the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) Road E-O competition in Corvallis to compete in the front end loader and mechanics competition. After a written test, pre-trip inspection test and a driving obstacle course Tater and Booter were tied in points with a mere eight seconds separating the two in the obstacle course. Their scores were good enough to bring home first and second respectively, with Tater getting an additional 3rd place in the mechanics division. They each earned a super sweet belt buckle and a ticket to nationals in South Carolina. Congrats Tater and Booter!

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