Source: Converted Organics

In a bog neatly surrounded by evergreen trees, third generation cranberry producer Karl Ashley, owner of Lazy A Cranberries, applied a liquid fertilizer made from source separated food waste on two bogs. He was amazed to find that within a month, three applications of the liquid fertilizer from Converted Organics Inc. had resulted in berries that were so abundant that he realized he could harvest a crop from these first year vines, a practice that is unusual in the business.

"In all my years of raising cranberries, I have never harvested a crop from a first year growth bog. This year we were able to pick 45-50 barrels," states Karl Ashley. "We started applications in July with five gallons per acre on one plot and ten gallons on the other-both fields had some bull's eye rot. By the second application of the Converted Organics product, at the ten gallon rate, the vines were vigorous, the berries were abundant, of good size and color, and there was a noticeable reduction in the bull's eye rot. In a state that is responsible for raising one-third of the nation's cranberries, getting production earlier than expected in new fields and decreasing fungal growth that can destroy cranberries could revolutionize the industry. Several farmers in my area have seen the results and will be using Converted Organics product next season."

This experience is not unusual for farmers who use Converted Organics products. The company uses state-of-the-art technology to produce all-natural, organic soil amendments and fertilizer products that help grow healthier food and improve environmental quality from source-separated food waste. Fruit and vegetable farmers tilling thousands of acres California's Central Valley swear by Converted Organics products.

More than 230 million tons of solid waste is produced in the United States each year, of which 25 million is food waste. Due to the difficult nature of composting food waste on a large scale, the majority of this waste is destined for landfills or incineration. Converted Organics technology transforms this food waste into a high-quality organic fertilizer.

Converted Organics products have been tested in numerous field trials for more than a dozen crops with the result that, on average, the net value of the farmer's crop increased 11-16%, depending on the particular crop and product application. According to Frank Santos, former certified golf course superintendent and eastern regional sales manager, "this is due, in part, to the disease suppression characteristics of the product, which reduce or eliminate the need for other costly crop protection applications. Increased use of nitrogen in commercial agriculture and turf grass applications, such as golf courses, has reduced the soil's ability to absorb nitrogen and other nutrients. Using the products produced by Converted Organics helps restore the soil by replenishing these microorganisms. As a result, use of the product reduces chemical run-off to streams, ponds and rivers, which has significant long-term benefits to the environment."

"We are very pleased that growers have recognized the unique benefits of Converted Organics all-natural soil amendment and fertilizer products, and that our products are having a positive impact on yield and the bottom line for growers," said Edward J. Gildea, President of Converted Organics. "We are committed to continuing to provide products and services to meet growers' diverse agricultural needs."