• 23 Tons of Mulch and Compost Help Shipley Nature Center Celebrate Earth Day
    Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at

  • The newly revitalized Shipley Nature Center in Huntington Beach celebrated Earth Day on April 21 with its first plant sale of the year.  Agromin, in partnership with Rainbow Environmental Services of Huntington Beach, donated over 20 full pallets of organic potting soil, vegetable soil, top dressing, small bark and walk on bark for the occasion--23 tons total! The pallets were delivered and set up for use at the plant sale on Saturday and were a huge hit. The center also used the bags as part of its membership drive: each person who signed up on Saturday to become a member received a free bag of premium soil or bark.

    The Shipley Nature Center sits on 18 acres in the middle of housing subdivisions and shopping centers.  The center was opened in 1974 but was neglected over the years and was soon overrun with invasive non-native plants.  With donations, grants and mostly volunteer labor, the center is now a showplace.  It includes 4,000 feet of well-maintained trails that lead through several habitats, including oak woodlands, Torrey pines, meadows and Blackbird Pond, a natural freshwater wetland with mature willows and sycamores.  There is also a 1,500 square foot interpretive building with exhibits on local wildlife and ecology.

     Over 100 local students visit the center each day and those numbers can at least quadruple on holidays and during the summer months. 

    The event was a big success and Agromin and Rainbow are proud to be donors.

    For more information on the center, go to www.shipleynature.org. Agromin's earth-friendly products are available in Orange County at Rainbow Disposal in Huntington Beach. Visit Rainbow Environmental Services at www.rainbowdisposal.com.

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  • Come to T.O. Earth Day--Agromin's Giving Away 6 Tons of Planting Mix

  • Agromin is giving away six tons of its outdoor planting mix during the City of Thousand Oaks/Conejo Recreation and Park District's 15th Annual Arbor/Earth Day celebration. The free event is Saturday, April 28 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Conejo Creek Park North (1379 East Janss Road behind the Thousand Oaks Library). The planting mix is available to Thousand Oaks residents in 360, 1 1/2 cubic foot bags. Distribution will be in the Conejo Creek Park South parking lot across the street from the library.

    "Going to Arbor/Earth Day will hopefully get most of those attending in the mood to start or expand their garden," says Bill Camarillo, Agromin CEO. "The planting mix is particularly effective in conditioning sandy or clay soil but is excellent when planting vegetables, flowers, roses and shrubs. It gives soil the nutrients it needs and the right texture to allow air and water to reach plant, tree and lawn root systems."

    Agromin processes more than 385,000 tons of green waste each year. The green material is collected at curbside in the Conejo Valley and throughout Ventura County and is then chopped, cleaned and naturally composted before becoming soil products. The products are then distributed to farmers, landscapers and to consumers in bags or in bulk. "Just by using one of the free bags of planting mix means you're doing your part locally to close the recycling circle," says Camarillo. 

    The planting mix is available on a first come, first served basis.

    For more information on green material recycling, visit http://www.agromin.com. For more information about Thousand Oaks Arbor/Earth Day, go to http://www.toaks.org/arbor.

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  • Buena Park High Hosts "National Teach Ag Day"
    Saturday, April 7, 2012 at
  • Buena Park High School Ag Science students and teachers recently hosted "National Teach Ag Day," put on each year by the National Association of Agriculture Educators.  A team of nationally-ranked Future Farmers of America (FFA) officers and educators visited the school's farm site and were given a tour by seniors Steven Aguilar and Edelina Reyes.  The seminar and live question and answer period were broadcast from the school's ag classroom.

    "It was a surreal experience having them here and talking to them," says Steven. "It was an honor to be able to give them a tour of our farm because we're so proud of it but it was awesome to show it off.  We really appreciated the chance to have people at that level here at our school". 

    Urfia Abdul agreed. "It was really cool seeing all the national officers and being able to talk to them personally," she says. "I learned a lot and it was also cool being able to show everyone what we have here at Buena Park."

    National Teach Ag Day is a component of the National Teach Ag Campaign, an initiative to bring attention to the career of agricultural education, get students thinking about a possible career in agricultural education, and to support current agricultural educators in their careers.

    After the event, senior Edelina Reyes said she is sure she wants to become an ag teacher.  Edelina has been extremely involved with the ag science/FFA program and feels ag education should be part of every students' learning experience. We agree!

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