Any press is good press? Not always. Cold Creek Compost is happy to make the news in AgAlert’s latest publication, but the article points out a tricky subject in our industry. California is well-known for its stringent environmental regulation, and Cold Creek Compost has long felt the strain of those regulations. While our primary function – composting waste – is good for the planet, there are many steps in the process that have environmental impacts. AgAlert’s article points out that diesel, which is the primary fuel for shipping and processing organics, is subject to strict environmental regulations that are becoming increasingly costly to meet. Our industry, and the trucking industry on which we rely, has no choice but to increase our rates to be able to afford to comply with regulations. Next time you wonder why our delicious compost costs so much, know that a large part of that cost goes to making our processes cleaner, albeit more expensive.
Photo credit: AgAlert/Caleb Hampton
How do we make the world a better place? We Sway the Future. Specifically, we reduce our dependence on petroleum plastics by switching to better alternatives, like seaweed-based plastics. It’s no secret that the occasional plastic bag ends up in the compost bin. Imagine if that plastic simply composted like a piece of paper or a leaf of seaweed… Our job would certainly be easier. We were happy to work with Sway to do some pilot tests on the viability of their bio-based plastic products in our compost. Spoiler Alert: it composts great!
Sway was recently featured in this Business Insider piece, and they gave Cold Creek Compost a shout-out.
One of our favorite customers is Peace & Plenty Farm. Among other tasty treats, they produce saffron by the bushel. Anyone concerned about low cannabis prices might look to saffron as an alternative; it goes for $5,000 per pound! Read a little about their farm here. Photo by Thomas J. Story.
If you want healthy fields and big yields, you need fertilizer, right? Yes, you do, but it’s not as simple as that. Pouring a bag of blue powder on your fields gives the plants the N-P-K they need, but there’s a lot more to happy plants than those three letters. Compost gives your soil structure, sequesters carbon, improves water retention, provides microbial activity, and improves your fields in countless other ways. What makes Cold Creek Compost’s Agrow-Blend compost special is it acts as a fertilizer and a compost at the same time. Our unique manure/compost blend provides fertilizer at less cost than a chemical fertilizer, while boosting your soil in all the ways that compost does. For more, read this article from Kiss The Ground.
Cannabis market got you down? We’re here to help! Using Cold Creek Compost, you can get high-quality product for a fraction of the cost. If you don’t have the budget to replace your planter mix with new soil every year, you can amend your existing soil with our compost. Agrow-Blend Compost rejuvenates old soil by providing new fertilizer content, enhancing soil structure, and reinvigorating the soil’s microbiology. Just till in some compost and you’re good to go! To hear how it’s worked for others, read this story from MendoFever.
We’ve talked about it before, but it’s worth repeating: farming with compost saves you money. And if you use our chicken manure compost, you’ll save even more money. This article explains a case study finding that applying compost to almond orchards increases annual returns per acre by $1,170. See the full article here.
Drought got you down? Maybe the drought has your profits down, too. If you like pinching pennies, then you’ll love our compost. One of our favorite publications, Biocycle, recently did a brief report, Compost and Mulch Use on California Almond Farm, on how an almond farmer can save money and improve output with compost. Their calculations were done with standard compost, so imagine the savings that could be realized using Cold Creek Compost’s highly nutritious blend.
Ever wondered what it takes to make award-winning wine? So have we. While there are a lot of secrets we’ll never know, we do know compost is crucial. We’re excited to see that several of Cold Creek Compost’s long-time customers have won the Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition. Our nutrient-dense compost is just what your crop needs to go above and beyond, whether you’re growing grapes, corn, asparagus, tomatoes, or cannabis. So if you’re looking to win awards, give us a call!