So….Dirt Hugger is six. It’s a little unbelievable. Five years ago we were pretty much asking ourselves daily if this was a good idea, if we’d ever get paid, if anyone would even want the compost we would make. Today, and everyday now, we are overwhelmed and amazed by the scale of everything – the amount of equipment, the number of people working here, the amount of material on site. What started as four piles in the back of Tyler’s yard has turned into a composting beast (over 21,000 tons composted last year). But, as a friend said, “it’s time to take the training wheels off”.
The good part of being a kindergarten equivalent is we feel that we’re past the toddler stage and have made it over the initial start up hump. We have a product, we have customers (awesome ones), we have an incredible team and we have a more stable degree of cash flow. For the most part, we can even sleep through the night now. Instead of focusing on walking, we can work on improving our craft and creating better products.
We’re also excited by the changing tide in agriculture we’ve seen in the past six years. At a orchard conference five years ago compost was likened to ‘witchcraft’ and ‘only for hippies.’ This year, that same conference featured compost as a the best solution for producing more profitable fruit. This generation of farmers is pushing back on chemical agriculture and moving into a new (old) frontier of organically amended soils.
It’s been a wild ride. We’ve had tons of help along the way. And at this point, I’ve worked at Dirt Hugger longer than anywhere else. But, the future looks bright for composting and we are excited to be a part of it. We look forward to continuing our journey of organics processing. Thank you for your support.
The Dirt Hugger Team