Spring Orientation

In the world of compost springtime is far and away the time to shine! Or perhaps the time to rise and shine–after an incredibly long winter it feels as if we are waking from a lazy, unproductive torpor.  Still, looking back on the past few months, we have made some strides forward (albeit at a winter pace).

The first thing that comes to mind–our crew has been hard at work screening finished compost around the clock–producing some of the best material we have ever offered. Our front end loader wizard, Mike Lock, has been giving it his all screening day in and day out. That said, we’re well stocked with fully mature Organic Compost, and we are thrilled to see it going out to the Gorge’s gardens, farms, and orchards.

Let’s see, what else? Oh, we sent a couple of  our crew to the Compost Facility Operator Training–a week long intensive course in Puyallup, WA.  A month or so later, we received their final exam results in the mail; one of our lead operators, Gavin, scored a 103% on his exam!  We’re still trying to figure that out. Funny enough, we recently received data on our line up of soil blends for this year–our 50/50 Blend scored a 100% for Emergence and 105% for Vigor of sensitive seedlings.  Our Garden Blend was right up there too!

a hearty scoop of garden blend

The winter (and the spring that started out like winter) gave us a little time to sit around, conjure, scheme, and plan.  A few projects simmered to the top, but one of the main undertakings was the build and paving of soil blending bays and additional retail bays.  So….the rain finally let up a for few days and allowed us to get the job done. We’re excited to put them to use. Last year we we unleashed a line of high-end mixes for potted plants, seed starts, and professional growing purposes; the new bay space will allow us to mix these up way more efficiently.  Similarly, we are continuing to work with nurseries, farmers, and plant growers to mix up and deliver custom soil blends–additional space to do this will help us get the job done more efficiently and to higher quality.

compost, potting mix, and sky puncher are available in bulk and 1cf bags

If you would have stopped by the Dirt Hugger in February you would have seen our bays piled nearly to the brim with with compost encrusted snow.  Finally, now that the snow shuffling game is over, and spring shown her shiny little smile our bays are loaded to the brim with our compost, topsoil blends, and landscaping barks.

All in all, we are excited about the change of pace that spring brings.  It is great to see some life around the site with folks swinging by to drop yard debris or pick up compost, trucks making laps hauling material to our retail partners, and our driver, Donnie, loading up for his next delivery.

This is what its all about–returning organic matter and life to the soil.  Ahhh,  Spring.  Finally.

donnie fixin’ up the ol’ hog

bark chips in the foreground, compost behind

valedictorian, gavin schmidt, showing off his compost facility operator training certificate


a little extra mixing space will make a huge difference. waiting for a few dry days for a proper concrete pour was worth the wait.

garrick and tyler work well together.

the dirt hugger concrete crew left to right: kevin, garrick, andrew, and mike. good work!







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One Response to Spring Orientation

  1. Christian Bookter says:

    You guys are the ultimate Earth warriors! How is it that there are no women on your crews?

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