It’s hard to believe that seven years ago we left good paying, normal jobs to chase a dream. We wanted to do something locally to help the community and give back to the soil. In the beginning we really didn’t know if it was going to work out. We kept telling ourselves, “let’s just give it till ___ (spring, or fall, or whatever), then we’ll re-evaluate.” We kept getting till ___ and were still having fun so we’d move the goal post out a bit. Soon it became “let’s just get through this year, then we’ll re-evaluate”. Eventually, it was working out. We went from no pay, to some pay, and no employees to some and finally ten full-time huggers.
It has been an eventful journey- we’ve met lots of great people, been mentored by lots of great people, and learned lots of hard lessons (some good, some bad). One thing we’ve always said is that we truly feel alive, and are continuing to learn and be pushed. Which, is not always fun, but the highs are high and the lows are low.
We are grateful and thankful for the opportunity to work in this industry. Composting is truly unique in that it’s members are open, sharing, and welcoming. It’s one of the few industries we’ve seen where the more you grow, the greater the positive environmental impact. We feel lucky to have stumbled upon this weird world of microbes and everything that’s come along with it. Thank you for your support – you’ve all helped along the way.
Tyler, Pierce + the Dirt Hugger Crew
Back Row (l to r): Mike Lock, Andrew Voodre, Tyson Wenz, Gavin Schmidt, Pierce Louis Front Row: Tyler Miller, Garrick Grevdig, Kevin Sepulveda, Duke, Nate Fleming (not shown Donnie Cotterell and David Re).