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Our family has been raising animals and crops on the same land in rural Minnesota for four generations. When our family settled here in 1910, it was the typical family farm.
They milked purebred Holstein cows, raised sheep, pigs, ducks, geese, and chickens. They also grew corn, oats, wheat, and alfalfa, and maintained huge gardens for fresh eating and canning. Some of these products were used to feed the family while others were sold to local markets.
Seeing an opportunity for growth, our grandfather expanded into the egg industry in the mid-1960s. In 1988, our parents took over a portion of the egg and crop business and we’ve been growing ever since.
With the business now in its fifth generation, our family has expanded into the organic fertilizer market. High Island uses the chicken manure from our hens to produce high-quality organic fertilizers. We take huge pride in diligently caring for our hens, and we will do the same with our customers.
Our goal: to offer high-quality organic fertilizers, soil additives, gardening products, and more to customers across the United States and around the world.
All High Island fertilizers begin with dried chicken manure that comes straight-from-the-barn. Our fertilizers naturally contain nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, and other important micronutrients.
Every High Island fertilizer provides your plants with the necessary nutrients for optimal growth and superior performance.
Unlike other fertilizers on the market, High Island’s All Purpose Organic Fertilizer is made from just one ingredient: dried chicken manure.
We didn’t begin this process to make organic fertilizer. Instead, our family was looking for ways to be proactive in reducing the potential for agricultural runoff. We wanted to be a part of the solution, not the problem.
It was only after we realized we could create exceptional organic fertilizer that our brand, High Island, was created. High Island Creek is a local watershed that runs near our family farm. We know that we can directly impact soil and water, and that those things effect others downstream.
This is why we have made conscientious decisions about the how, why, and what we make our products out of and package in.
By utilizing post-consumer biomass to heat-treat our fertilizer, we are using a byproduct that would otherwise be sent to a landfill. Also, by utilizing biomass, we use no Natural Gas to dry the manure, unlike some of our competitors.
Our bags are fully recyclable, making sure that none of our bags that you can buy never have to be put in the garbage.
The fertilizer that makes our base is dried down means that there is less raw manure applied to local fields. This means less chances for agricultural runoff, protecting our waterways.