We are Upcycle & Co, and we were put on this earth to give soil a soul. We give second lives to spent beer grains, used coffee grounds, kelp, algae and all sorts of manures. Because we believe in putting waste to work.

We’re doing it like they did it in the old days. We’re going for “Best Pumpkin.” We’re cultivating happier childhoods for our vegetables. We’re sourcing it, making it and selling it locally.

Call us old-fashioned but we’re crazy about composting and persnickety about the particulars of locally sourcing our materials. If it’s not from within a couple hours’ drive, it doesn’t belong in our bag.

So let’s credit our nutrient deficit. Let’s give old growth soil the respect it deserves. Let’s make landfills against our religion.

Let’s be friendlier to our future. Find your soil mate.

Sustainable Farming

Future Friendly Fertilizer.

Native Soil is a future-friendly fertilizer made of naturally sourced organic matter. By the locals, for the locals, we collect our upcycled ingredients from nearby areas and sell it in neighborhood nurseries. We recognize a greater balance must exist between humans, animals, plants and soil. What we take from the earth must be returned to the earth. We gather leftover nutrients discarded by humans and return them to the soil to grow more food.

We’re not Certified Organic. And that is on Purpose.

Native Soil Fertilizer is a natural fertilizer. We think that’s better than being certified organic. Because organic isn’t always better.

Did you know there are over 20 chemicals permitted for use in growing and processing organic crops? In some cases, organic farming requires up to 4x more fungicides per acre than conventional farming and up to 5x more fertilizer. All those extra chemicals and nutrients mean more runoff and more environmental pollution. This doesn’t sit well with us.

We want to save the environment and feed your family by locally sourcing and preparing nutrients just like they did in the old days. We upcycle natural, organic matter that would otherwise fill up a landfill. Then we sell it to you, your local nursery and local farms.

Doing it Locally Means Doing it Right.

Native Soil is a local fertilizer. That’s important because conventional fertilizer companies mine their nutrients from tens of thousands of miles away. And we have a big problem with that.

Our minimal pollution process saves the environment and feeds your family by locally sourcing and preparing nutrients naturally. We don’t steal from the earth. We don’t ship from far away. We do it right because we believe it’s the right thing to do.

We believe in science, and proven and reliable practices.

Growth Tests

A local grower mixed some Native Soil Fertilizer and Fox Farm Big Bloom into pots with clones of similar size to see how they would perform. All that water-soluble nitrogen from Native Soil Fertilizer made Mary Jane move!

Both plants were put in the soil on April 20 2018. This image was taken on June 10 2018 after 1 month of growth. You can see a big difference between the two plants, particularly in the color and size of the leaves. The plant to the left was grown with Native Soil Fertilizer. These are the same height. While the one grown with Native Soil Fertilizer is narrower, it is growing thicker, fuller, and greener leaves and branches than the plant fertilized with Fox Farm’s Big Bloom.

A local family with farming in their blood tried out some Native Soil Fertilizer and came back for more. They decided to go for best of everything – tomatoes, artichokes, multiple lettuce varieties, peppers, herbs, cannabis, zucchini, and yellow squash. Their yield was as compelling as their comments, so see for yourself!

“We’ve been growing organic vegetables in our backyards for over 15 years, and our family is 3rd generation farmers in Nebraska. We live by the coast and we’ve tried dozens of soils, fertilizers, and our own compost to get the perfect harvest.

We grow tomatoes, kale, artichokes, Swiss chard, a number of red and green lettuce varieties and we’ve never had anything grow and create continuous blooms the way Native Soil Fertilizer does. Anyone serious about growing anything at home should be using Native Soil.”

Hydrangeas This purple-blue perfection has been rooted in a shaded area for 8 years prior to receiving its first dose of Native Soil Fertilizer. The winter prior, the state they were grown in (Connecticut) experienced a freeze which killed all the buds on the hydrangeas. Some Native Soil Fertilizer and a little TLC brought them back to full bloom.

“These were survivors and the color was exceptional even though I did not use the aluminum sulfate that I sometimes use to get that super blue.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Biosolids are treated sewage sludge. Biosolids are carefully treated and monitored and must be used in accordance with regulatory requirements. There are two primary classes of biosolids, Grade B, and Grade A. Biosolids that exceed the Grade A standard are referred to as Grade EQ (Exceptional Quality). It is these Grade AEQ biosolids that are used in the the Native Soil blend.

Biosolids are created through the treatment of domestic wastewater generated from sewage treatment facilities. The treatment of biosolids can actually begin before the wastewater reaches the sewage treatment plant. In many larger wastewater treatment systems, pre-treatment regulations require that industrial facilities pre-treat their wastewater to remove many hazardous contaminants before it is sent to a wastewater treatment plant. Wastewater treatment facilities monitor incoming wastewater streams to ensure their recyclability and compatibility with the treatment plant process.

Once the wastewater reaches the plant, the sewage goes through physical, chemical and biological processes which clean the wastewater and remove the solids. If necessary, the solids are then treated with lime to raise the pH level to eliminate objectionable odors. The wastewater treatment processes sanitize wastewater solids to control pathogens (disease-causing organisms, such as certain bacteria, viruses and parasites) and other organisms capable of transporting disease.

Per the United States Environmental Protection Agency:

The National Academy of Sciences has reviewed current practices, public health concerns and regulator standards, and has concluded that “the use of these materials in the production of crops for human consumption when practiced in accordance with existing federal guidelines and regulations, presents negligible risk to the consumer, to crop production and to the environment.

Farmers and gardeners have been recycling biosolids for ages. Biosolids recycling is the process of beneficially using treated the treated residuals from wastewater treatment to promote the growth of agricultural crops, fertilize gardens and parks and reclaim mining sites. Land application of biosolids takes place in all 50 states.

To determine whether biosolids can be applied to a particular farm site, an evaluation of the site’s suitability is generally performed by the land applier. The evaluation examines water supplies, soil characteristics, slopes, vegetation, crop needs and the distances to surface and groundwater.

There are different rules for different classes of biosolids. Class A biosolids contain no detectible levels of pathogens. Class A biosolids that meet strict vector attraction reduction requirements and low levels metals contents, only have to apply for permits to ensure that these very tough standards have been met. Class B biosolids are treated but still contain detectible levels of pathogens. There are buffer requirements, public access, and crop harvesting restrictions for virtually all forms of Class B biosolids.

Nutrient management planning ensures that the appropriate quantity and quality of biosolids are land applied to the farmland. The biosolids application is specifically calculated to match the nutrient uptake requirements of the particular crop. Nutrient management technicians work with the farm community to assure proper land application and nutrient control.

In general, exceptional quality (Class A) biosolids used in small quantities by general public have no buffer requirements, crop type, crop harvesting or site access restrictions. Exceptional Quality biosolids is the name given to treated residuals that contain low levels of metals and do not attract vectors. When used in bulk, Class A biosolids are subject to buffer requirements, but not to crop harvesting restrictions. In general, there are buffer requirements, public access, and crop harvesting restrictions for virtually all forms of Class B biosolids (treated but still containing detectible levels of pathogens).

Indeed we have. The following information is from our testing regarding pathogens and other nasty stuff you don’t want in your fertilizer. You can download the results of our tests on not only the biosolids, but the algae and beer grains as well.

Download here.

We would suggest you go straight to the horse’s mouth. The EPA website has a good deal of information about the health and safety of the various biosolids used in the United States.

EPA FAQ

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