• Agromin Provides Ventura County Celery Farmers With 3,000 Tons of OMRI-Listed Compost, Production Rises - Monday, July 25, 2011 at
  • The celery crop in Ventura County recorded a big jump in production in 2010, moving to the second largest crop (behind strawberries) in the county. Celery brought in $182.27 million in 2010, an increase of 8 percent over 2009. Production per acre was up from 37.67 tons in 2009 to 39.59 tons in 2010. Agromin, California's largest producer of renewable organics, delivered over 3,000 tons of its Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI)-listed Compost 100 last year to the celery growers in Ventura County.

    "We'd like to think that the some of the increase in production per acre is linked to the use by farmers of our Compost 100 soil amendment," says Bill Camarillo, Agromin CEO. "Since it is OMRI listed, the compost can be used in certified organic production according to the USDA rules. The compost is made from clean and renewable plant materials and contains no chemicals. The more they use OMRI-listed compost, the less than have to rely on pharmaceuticals to grow their crops."

    In the just-released Ventura County 2010 Annual Crop Report, 11,949 acres were in celery production in 2010 (up from 11,138 acres in 2009). Total production in 2010 was 473,054 tons compared to 419,466 tons in 2009. In the report, Agricultural Commissioner Henry Gonzales attributed the increase in celery production to the increase in production per acre and the increase in acres devoted to celery. He said he believes the Ventura County is now the leading celery producer in the country.

    Agromin's Compost 100 is made locally from organic material collected from farmers, landscapers and residents. The material is cleaned and composted and then returned to farmland or can be purchased in bulk by residents and landscapers.

    For more information on Agromin's Compost 100, go to www.agromin.com.

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  • Agromin Soil Products Made From Local Renewable Organics Now at Redondo Beach Nurseries - Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at
  • Soil products made from organic materials collected at curbside each week from Southern California residents are now available at landscaping wholesaler Performance Nursery (2500 Manhattan Beach Blvd.) and across the street at its retail outlet, South Bay Gardens.

    Organics recycler Agromin creates the planting mix, potting soil, vegetable garden mix and other soil products. The company collects over 380,000 tons of material (leaves, lawn clippings and tree trimmings) each year from residents and businesses and then uses a safe, natural and sustainable process to transform the material into its soil products.

    "Residents do their part by filling up their green recycling barrels each week," says Bill Camarillo, Agromin CEO. "We turn the material into organically rich compost--without chemicals and without human or animal waste. Gardening outlets such as Performance Nursery then give residents the opportunity to close the recycling loop--by putting the compost back into their gardens. It's truly a sustainable effort, especially since the entire process takes place in Southern California"

    "It's important for gardeners to protect their investment," says Fernando Munoz, Performance Nursery manager. "Using quality planting mix like Agromin's will make your plants stronger and healthier. And, it's always a good idea to use products created locally from our own green materials. It's better for our economy and better for the environment."

    Soil products are available in bags or in bulk. For more information about organics recycling, go to www.agromin.com. To reach Performance Nursery, call 800-525-5446, www.performancenursery.com.

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