• Agromin Donates Bags of Potting Soil To Habitat For Humanity's Orange County "ReStore" - Friday, April 30, 2010 at
  • Habitat For Humanity received a donation of 120 bags (two tons) of outdoor potting soil for its Orange County "ReStores" from Agromin, a green materials recycling company and premium soil manufacturer.

    Habitat for Humanity of Orange County's Santa Ana and Garden Grove ReStores sell recycled and reusable home and construction materials including furniture, artwork, appliances, cabinets and countertops. Proceeds from the sales of the items help support Habitat for Humanity homebuilding projects throughout Orange County.

    “We are so grateful for this donation from Agromin,” said Karen Thoms, director of ReStores, Habitat for Humanity of Orange County. “Donations like this help us fulfill our mission of transforming lives and communities by helping families fix up their yards with affordable lawn and garden items from the Habitat OC ReStores. It fits into our recycle, reuse philosophy.”

    Agromin potting soil is made from green materials (grass clippings, leaves, trees trimmings) that are cleaned, chopped and naturally composted using a safe, organic and scientific system. The company receives and processes more than 365,000 tons of urban wood and green waste each year and produces more than 200 different kinds of soil products for farmers, landscapers and consumers.

    Agromin will also provide the top dressing and mulch for Habitat home construction projects in Fullerton and San Juan Capistrano.

    For ReStore locations and hours, go to www.ReStoreOC.org.

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  • Las Colinas Middle School Donates 130 Pounds of Vegetables to St. Mary's Food Bank - Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at



  • Las Colinas Middle School donated over 130 pounds of school-grown vegetables to St. Mary's Food Bank in Camarillo. The vegetables were donated as part of FOOD Share's "Pounds for Produce" contest.

    School children from Las Colinas' special needs class care for the garden. Celery, radishes, cabbage, artichokes and onions were part of the harvest. "We hope to have a least 20 pounds of vegetables a week to donate," says Dianne Polen, Las Colinas Beautification/Life Lab advisor. "We've started planting potatoes and tomatoes so they should be ready in June or the first part of July."

    Schools, community gardens and backyard gardeners are growing vegetables and donating their surplus to one of 65 Ventura County FOOD Share food banks. The pounds of vegetables are then weighed and logged to the participant's account. Top producers win free soil from Agromin on a pound-for-pound basis, equal to the total weight of produce donated to FOOD Share.

    "Our students are having such a wonderful time and feel great knowing that they are helping families within our community," says Polen.

    The Pounds for Produce contest is a joint effort by FOOD Share and Oxnard-based Agromin, one of California's largest green materials recyclers and a soil manufacturer of natural soil products. Gardeners sign up on the FOOD Share website as a Garden Share member to participate in the contest.

    The contest ends July 15. For more information, call Meg Horton at FOOD Share, (805) 983-7100, ext. 105 or go to the FOOD Share (http://www.foodshare.com/) or Agromin (http://www.agromin.com) websites.

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  • Free Compost From Agromin At Thousand Oaks Earth Day - April 24 - Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at
  • Agromin, an Oxnard-based manufacturer of premium soil products and the green materials recycler for Thousand Oaks and other Ventura County communities, is giving away 360 bags of compost during the City of Thousand Oaks/Conejo Recreation and Park District's 13th Annual Arbor/Earth Day celebration. The free event is Saturday, April 24 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Conejo Creek Park North (1379 East Janss Road behind the Thousand Oaks Library).

    "Much of Thousand Oaks soil is dense and sticky when wet," says Bill Camarillo, Agromin CEO. This clay soil makes it difficult for water to reach a plant's root system. The decaying materials found in compost allow air and water to travel through the soil so roots receive the proper nutrition. Using compost is the most natural way to prepare for spring planting. There's no need to put chemical fertilizers into the ground to produce a bumper crop of vegetables and flowers."

    Agromin processes more than 365,000 tons of green waste each year. The green material is collected at curbside in the Conejo Valley and throughout Ventura County and is then chopped, cleaned and naturally composted before becoming soil products. The products are then distributed to farmers, landscapers and to consumers in bags or in bulk.

    "About 40 percent of all waste generated in California is green waste," says Camarillo. "From an environmental standpoint, it's important that we keep these materials out of landfills, which would reduce the amount of greenhouse gases this waste produces. Thousand Oaks residents can do their part by putting their green materials from their garden into their green recycling bins."

    For more information on green material recycling, visit www.agromin.com. For more information about Thousand Oaks Arbor/Earth Day, go to www.toaks.org/arbor.

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