A business built from the ground up

SEARS – With a pile of unwanted cow manure and the spirit of entrepreneurship, Brad Morgan and his father, Dale, set out to build a business.

Sixteen years later, the Morgan family is reaping the harvest of the father-son team’s innovative thinking.

Morgan Composting Inc. operates three composting facilities and sells more than 80,000 cubic yards of composting material out of 57 stores in Michigan each year. Along with their top-selling item, Dairy Doo compost blends, the business also features an 18-acre vegetable garden and a greenhouse where they grow and sell flowers and vegetable plants.

As more people grow their own gardens, Morgan Composting’s 19 employees have served as garden gurus, sharing wisdom with new growers.

Located east of Evart in Sears, the expanding business provides products for the Evart community garden project and Evart High School greenhouse.

This month, the Herald Review shines its first business spotlight on Morgan Composting Inc., located at 4353 E. U.S. 10 in Sears.

HERALD REVIEW: Give a brief explanation of what your business does or specializes in.

BRAD MORGAN: Our company specializes in composting and potting mediums. We have been composting manure for more than 15 years and constructing potting mediums for more than five years. Recently, we have begun to grow 18 acres of produce, two million worms and 110 acres of corn and soy, and opened a retail feed/need store.

What is one thing most people don’t know about your business?

MORGAN: Morgan Composting sales are primarily to farms. Farms account for 95 percent of all materials made. If we were to average the semi truck loads of material sold in one year, we would have ten loads every day, 365 days a year. Over the course of five years, we have eliminated more than two billion pounds of recyclable materials from being piled in landfills!

How does your business give back to the community?

MORGAN: Morgan Composting gives options to the community. We attempt to educate and provide health not only to consumers but to Mother Nature as well. From helping the school greenhouse to providing insight on the community garden project in downtown Evart, the Doo Crew is dedicated to the well-being of others.

What is an interesting trend you’ve seen with your company or customers?

MORGAN: As times get tough and the economy becomes more unstable, we have noticed more and more people chose to begin backyard vegetable gardening. As they grow, questions arise. We seem to not only sell biological products, but also make recommendations to consumers. This provides a good, healthy relationship that folks like to come back to.

What is the best and worst thing about being in the business that you're in?

MORGAN: The best thing is the people we meet who support local businesses and want a healthier lifestyle. They are more than willing to support us or just come by to say hello.

The worst thing is running out of products and telling large farms we could no longer ship (compost to them) in order to save some for homeowners.

Any last comments?

MORGAN: We are proud of the community we are able to be a part of. Without local support, we would have been defeated a long time ago. Special thanks to all who support us and believe in our company.