• Bill Camarillo Receives Distinguished Business Leader of the Year Award From Ventura County Leadership Academy - Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at

  • Bill Camarillo, Agromin CEO, was the recipient of the Ventura County Leadership Academy's Distinguished Business Leader of the Year Award. The award was presented at a May luncheon celebrating the academy's 17 years of service in Ventura County.

    The Ventura County Leadership Academy (VCLA) was founded in 1994 and is sponsored in part by the United Way of Ventura County. Its purpose is to develop a diverse group of leaders whose actions enhance the quality of life throughout Ventura County. The academy is a member of the California Association of Leadership Programs.

    Those who participate in the academy experience opportunities to enrich their leadership capabilities that will ultimately enhance their participation in the community.

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  • Agromin Wins 2011 OCCGI Innovative Business Award - Monday, June 13, 2011 at

  • Agromin was given the Orange County Council for Green Impacts (OCCGI) 2011 Innovative Business Award.

    Each year, the OCCGI selects one business in the county to recognize for its innovative green practices. This year, Agromin was announced as the winner at the June 8 Green Impacts and TrashARTist Challenge awards dinner at the Anaheim Hilton.

    Orange County's MUZEO, a center for arts, knowledge, entertainment and culture, created the Green Impacts Events in collaboration with Anaheim Hilton and Orange County Department of Education (OCDE). These annual events are designed to heighten awareness and education of green innovation in business and culture.

    Agromin is a proud sponsor of many Orange County school gardening programs. It supplies these schools with quality mulch and compost needed to maintain healthy and successful gardens.

    With each delivery of mulch and compost, Agromin sends a strong sustainability message to schoolchildren. Agromin processes renewable organic materials from over 50 California communities in Ventura, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Monterey and Orange Counties. Each year, Agromin receives almost 380,000 tons of this material that would otherwise end up in landfills and then uses a safe, natural and sustainable process to transform it into premium soil products that are used by farmers, landscapers and consumers. Kids quickly understand the importance of recycling and of providing sustainable solutions to our planet's needs.

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  • Agromin-Houweling's New Sustainable Organics Program Diverts Over 2,000 Tons of Green Material From Landfill - Friday, June 3, 2011 at
  • In its first quarter of operation, the sustainable organics program undertaken by Houweling's Nurseries and Agromin has diverted 2,156 tons of organic material from Houweling's greenhouse operations in Camarillo to Agromin's renewable organics center in Oxnard where it was recycled into compost, mulch and soil amendments.

    From January 1 through March 31, 2011, Agromin processed leaves, vines, coco fiber and tomatoes from Houweling's, which produces hydroponically-grown, handpicked "tomatoes on the vine," beefsteak tomatoes, other specialty tomato varieties, as well as seedless cucumbers. Houweling's grows its tomatoes and cucumbers hydroponically in greenhouses on more than 124 acres. Products are sold at Costco, Vons, Ralphs, Bristol Farms, Fresh & Easy and other outlets.

    The 2,156 tons of waste would have otherwise found its way into landfills. By processing the materials into soil amendments that are then used locally by farmers, landscapers and gardeners, 367 tons of methane were kept from entering the atmosphere (an equivalent of 6,992 tons of CO2 emissions).

    "To put it into perspective," says Bill Camarillo, CEO of Agromin, "the avoided emissions were equivalent to the greenhouse gas produced from 1,371 passenger vehicles and the CO2 emissions from the electricity used by 849 homes for one year."

    The sustainable organics program is part of Houweling's efforts to become a zero waste company. In addition to repurposing its organic materials, the company uses solar energy and thermal heat collecting to provide sustainable energy and heat. Its water recirculation system recaptures, filters and re-circulates its water.

    "From our perspective," says Brian Beggs, Business Development Director of Houweling’s, "the most important thing is for us to do everything we can to be good stewards of the environment. Our relationship with Agromin is critical to helping us accomplish that goal."

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