Morgan’s wins No. 1 in state for being green leader

Green LEader: Morgan’s Composting, Inc., located in Sears, is the winner of the 2013 Detroit Free Press Green Leader Award for the small business category. The family-owned and operated business produces potting soils, compost, organic pesticides and herbicides, and their infamous “dairy doo” and constantly work with local farmers and businesses to help replenish the earth. Here, Brad Morgan (second from left) and Sue Morgan (second from right) stand with politicians and representatives of the Detroit Free Press while being honored. (Courtesy photo)
Green LEader: Morgan’s Composting, Inc., located in Sears, is the winner of the 2013 Detroit Free Press Green Leader Award for the small business category. The family-owned and operated business produces potting soils, compost, organic pesticides and herbicides, and their infamous “dairy doo” and constantly work with local farmers and businesses to help replenish the earth. Here, Brad Morgan (second from left) and Sue Morgan (second from right) stand with politicians and representatives of the Detroit Free Press while being honored. (Courtesy photo)

SEARS — Due to the innovation, creativity and drive to better the planet, Morgan’s Composting, Inc. of Sears has received the Detroit Free Press Green Leader Award for the small business category.

“It was a shock and it’s a huge pat on the back that we really appreciate,” said Justin Morgan, vice president of Morgan’s Composting. “Since we started as a business, we’ve tried to capitalize on being against filling land fills. It’s something we’ve practiced for so many years.”

The family-owned business began as a dairy operation in 1982, changed over to composting in 1996 and has been going strong ever since. It uses five million chickens and 16,000 cows for manure composting and Morgan’s uses two million worms for their castings to help enrich bagged soil.

Three Michigan composting sites, located in Sears, Elsie and Hamilton, make up the business and provide green solutions to mitigate the growth and soil problems found in agriculture and horticulture.

“We like this area, and we think Evart is a wonderful town and I think there is a lot of potential in Evart,” Morgan said. “We have great people.”

The Green Leader Award was presented to the business in June in Lansing after the family applied for it during the fall of last year. The application included a written portion that described the business, how it contributes to a green effort and the business’ credibility. The award recognizes efforts by nonprofits, businesses and individual people to make Michigan a more environmentally sustainable state.

More than 60 stores in Michigan carry Morgan’s bagged composting and potting soils. Local farmers, both large and small from around Osceola County and beyond, rely on the product to help grow better crops.

The Detroit Free Press Green Leader Award gives the business a stepping stone for the future and Morgan said he would like to see another site in Michigan to allow the company to expand. The industry is growing and is larger than a trend, Morgan added.

“That’s our mission. We want to help create healthy soils that make healthy plants that make healthy people,” Morgan said. “It’s nice that the Detroit Free Press and the state of Michigan is recognizing that.”

For more about Morgan’s Composting, visit www.dairydoo.com