Well it has been a year since I started writing this blog. My purpose has been to assist others in becoming successful composters and gardeners. Through my business contacts I have grown my areas of interest and it seems everyday I have new ideas that I plan to expand on with my business. I have purposely kept this blog about the topics, not about my business. I think once a year or so it is appropriate to talk about my business and where I am headed at the present time.
Urban Compost Systems started simply with my basic product line of one, two and three bin cedar and redwood compost systems. I also build compost screens to allow the separation of finished from unfinished material.
I have raised red wiggler compost worms for years so I supplied quite a few people with pounds of worms and worm bins to get them started on vermicomposting.
For years I have wanted to be a vendor at a farmer’s market. Last year I made this desire a reality by spending the summer and fall at the Wheeler Farm Market on Sundays.
I added birdhouses, bat houses, mason bee houses and bird feeders to the product line.
I have a friend who own a fireplace mantle business and he supplies me with hardwood scraps that I have made into garden and craft baskets. I love to design build and I see many different types of baskets and planter boxes coming out of my shop this year.
Last summer I also did a lot of garden consulting and I installed a couple of grape trellis’ and a paver patio.
I spent a good deal of time creating and maintaining the Westlake school garden. This was a fun and rewarding project and I hope to be involved in creating other school/community gardens in the future.
To keep me busy in the winter months I decided to add real estate post installation to my business under the name UCS Post Installation. This will supplement my income so I can continue to build my compost business.
I wish I could say that spring is in the air but we have not seen much to hope for with more snow coming this week but spring planting is just a few weeks away. It’s time to get building and my hope is to continue to build my business so that I can focus my energy on what I love to do rather than what I have to do to make a living. I plan on continuing the farmer’s market experience adding Gardner Village, Thanksgiving Point and possibly Millcreek markets. I will also attend the Wheeler Farm market once a month or so as time allows. I am excited to continue exploring new gardening related products and I am looking forward to tackling the creative challenges that lie ahead.
If you would like to see my items in person, come to the Wasatch Front Farmer’s Market store located at 5823 S. State Street in Salt Lake City. The owners are the people who run the summer farmer’s markets and they are really great people. Go and say hi to Marty and Maryann and support our local vendors. They have a great facebook page so search for Wasatch Front Farmer’s Market.
I hope I can continue to help with other people’s gardening dreams. Give me a call or text 801-718-4007. Thanks for your support.