Happy new year! We’re happy to say that our 2017 Season of Giving Charity Drive was a great success! Thank you to everyone who donated clothing, food and toys.
We were able to donate an entire pallet of gently used clothing to Alpha Project, a local organization that serves over 4,000 San Diegans each day. From the Alpha Project website, “Services offered include affordable housing, residential substance abuse treatment, supportive housing for people with special needs, basic and emergency services for the homeless, transportation assistance, mental health counseling, employment training, preparation and placement, education, outreach and prevention, and community services.” We’re very excited to keep working with Alpha Project on future endeavors and community projects!
In November we focused on collecting food to donate to the San Diego Food Bank. The food bank serves over a quarter million individuals EVERY month and accommodates about 24,000 volunteers every year. We were able to donate 214 pounds of food this year and we hope to go above and beyond that number next year.
Finally, in December, we collected donations for Toys for Tots, an organization run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve designed to bring new toys to less fortunate children. You, our customers, really showed the love for this drive! Every store was able to bring a sizable donation of new, unwrapped toys to local fire departments just in time for Christmas!
“What’s Up With Malibu Compost”
Interview with Randy Ritchie, Co-Founder of Malibu Compost
A: Back in 2009 when Colum and I first met.
Q: What made you guys start your company?
A: Well… I had been a sustainable landscape designer in LA and Colum had grown up making compost in a biodynamic farming community. We were like long-lost brothers when we met. There was a need to heal the earth. Heal the soil. We felt it needed to start with people’s own yards and gardens. There was no alternative to chemicals or synthetics besides “faux organic” waste management and conventional AG composts and soils on the market. We started Malibu Compost to give people a choice to get true organic and biodynamic compost.
Q: How did Bu your Spokescow become part of Malibu Compost?
A: When we wrote our mission statement we altered the traditional triple bottom line for business from people, planet and profit to people, planet and animals. We rescued Bu because we wanted to show people that you can make a profit and do the right thing. We’ve helped rescue many cows since Bu, but she changed our whole company, she changed all of us… the truth is she rescued us.
Q: What is your biodynamic compost?
A: Bu’s Blend Biodynamic Compost is thermophilic compost that we make on our organic farms. The temps get to 140 degrees, then we turn the windrows so that the temps never get to 160 degrees which kill the beneficial microbes. It takes six months to make Bu’s Blend and another month to cure.
We inoculate the compost with the biodynamic preparations (chamomile, dandelion, oak bark, stinging nettle, yarrow) at just the right moment, and spray it with the BD Preparation #507 valerian. Bu’s Blend is diverse with bacteria and fungi. Organic dairy cow manure is bacterially rich. As the compost cools down from the composting process, microscopic fungi go up into the windrows and start eating the bacteria. The nitrogen and nutrient cycling begins then and it’s time to bag it for you guys. There is nothing else like Bu’s Blend in the marketplace.
Q: What’s Next for Malibu Compost?
A: We’re adding new farms in Oregon and Pennsylvania, and have an offering out for people to buy stock in our company. To buy stock in BU or check out the stock offering go to: https://wefunder.com/malibu.compost
Q: How do you feel about the journey so far?
A: Humbled. Grateful. Blessed.
Come see SD Hydro’s award winning “Farm-Scraper” hydroponic installation at the 2017 San Diego County Fair located at the Del Mar Fairgrounds June 2nd – July 4th. In 2016 the San Diego County fair had record attendance accommodating about 1.6 million visitors during the fair and the organizers estimate that an average of more than 20,000 people walk through the “Farm Scraper” exhibit hall every day.
This will be SD Hydro’s second year constructing the a “Farm-Scraper” in the award winning ‘California Grown’ exhibit. Last year the installation was met with much enthusiasm from fair-goers and received an award from the International Association of Fairs and Exhibitions.
The California Grown exhibit features educational farming displays showing the past, present and future of agriculture in California. SD Hydro’s display, the “Farm-Scraper”, represents the future of farming in a world with ever increasing urban populations that will require innovative gardening techniques.
This year, to demonstrate alternative gardening techniques, we are showcasing several hydroponic systems including a vertical hydroponic garden, a deep water culture system, drip bucket system, a floating raft table and an Aeroflow system.
For more information about the San Diego County Fair Fair visit: https://sdfair.com/
What they say about us
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