Composters find booming new market in pesticide-free pot farms
Compost companies can make a killing, insiders say, by selling to growers who want to produce a “cleaner” product free of pesticides.
Malibu Compost mainly sold to nurseries, organic vegetable farmers and backyard gardeners until a few years ago, when the small business started by two surfing buddies began getting calls from farmers in Mendocino County.
Co-founder Randy Ritchie drove to Willits and met an old hippie standing near a truck parked away from the main highway. “Can we get a couple truckloads of that?” he asked.
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