• Agromin and Houweling's Form Partnership to Manage Tomato Grower's Organic Waste Materials - Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at

  • Agromin, the largest organics recovery and composting company in California, and Houweling's, a leading North American greenhouse produce grower, have partnered to manage Houweling's Nurseries' organic waste stream.

    Houweling's 124 acres (50.2 hectares acres) in Camarillo, Calif. produces hydroponically-grown, handpicked "tomatoes on the vine," beefsteak tomatoes, other specialty tomato varieties, as well as seedless cucumbers. Growing its produce in greenhouses enables year-round production. Since Houweling's grows its tomatoes and cucumbers hydroponically, the vegetables are grown without soil. Its tomatoes are sold at Costco, Vons, Ralphs, Bristol Farms, Fresh & Easy and other outlets.

    "Houweling's is currently repurposing 90 percent of its waste into recycling efforts and energy production," says Casey Houweling, Houweling's president and CEO. "We hope to improve that to 95 percent this year with the help of Agromin. Ultimately, we'd like to recycle or reuse 100 percent of the waste we produce."

    The company generates approximately 15,000 tons of organic matter each year. Agromin will take Houweling's green material and turn it into compost, which will then be available to the local agriculture industry and the public. "Being able to turn this organic material into soil products that are available locally is what sustainable agriculture is all about," says Bill Camarillo, Agromin CEO. "We reduce the demand on our natural resources when we recycle. Since the compost is available locally, we also reduce energy use and pollution associated with long-distance transportation. Agromin's partnership with Houweling's is a great example of closing the recycling loop."

    Houweling's has been a leader in sustainable agriculture since it was founded in 1974. The company uses solar energy and thermal heat collecting to provide sustainable energy and heat, and its water recirculation system recaptures, filters and re-circulates its water. Houweling's closed structure technology naturally minimizes pest and disease risks.

    Agromin, headquartered in Oxnard, Calif., was recently listed as the largest organics recovery and composting company in California, according to the latest rankings by Waste & Recycling News. It processes almost 380,000 tons of organic material each year.

    For more information about Houweling's, go to www.houwelings.com.
    For more information about Agromin and organics recycling, go to www.agromin.com.

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