Coast of Maine: Getting Better with Age

When the Vice President of Marketing, Cameron Bonsey, joined the Coast of Maine crew within the fall of 2007, the corporate was recognized for creating distinctive, natural, and potent compost blends derived from ocean biproducts. Lobster compost, notably, was successful with native backyard facilities all through New England.

“I discovered in a short time that gardeners had been reacting emotionally to our pure, recognizable merchandise as a result of of their superb effectiveness and pure, natural impression on the crops they had been cultivating,” defined Bonsey. “Our merchandise had been nearly just like the rock stars of the backyard facilities.”

This quickly transitioned to the rising hashish business. Maine, which is thought for its progressive stance, handed its first medicinal hashish regulation 1999 that allowed sufferers to develop their very own crops. Patients quickly gathered and shared concepts, and spoke proudly of the efficiency, yield, and purity of the strains that they had developed. Local on-line boards usually detailed Coast of Maine’s Quoddy Lobster Compost blended with Pro-Mix and perlite as a tremendous mixture for rising medicinal marijuana.

At the identical time, Bonsey started noticing soil manufacturers like Fox Farm and Dr. Earth on backyard middle cabinets that had been catering to this rising market. He additionally began calling on native develop retailers to review the varied soils and vitamins out there to caregivers and finish customers.

“It blew my thoughts,” he stated. “The chemical selections had been overwhelmingly diverse, and the natural choices had been from the West Coast. It appeared like a pure option to develop a neighborhood, residing natural rising medium. In 2013 we employed a sensible and motivated chemical engineer, natural farmer, and licensed caregiver named Felicia Newman. We visited growers and caregivers collectively to grasp their wants and Felicia started the method of creating and testing blends like a mad scientist.”

Newman labored for the following two years on the combo with her skilled workers whereas Bonsey attended hashish tradeshows. He usually dropped off unlabeled white luggage to growers and hydro shops — asking just for suggestions in return.

The finish end result of all that give-and-take is a growers’ mix that includes mycorrhizal fungi, kelp, fish bone, and alfalfa meal, in addition to worm castings, peat, coir, and, sure, that lobster compost that launched the corporate means again when.

“We had expertise with all these inputs; we’ve been composting for over 25 years and our workers is amazingly responsive,” says Bonsey. “With their dedication we now have a balanced, residing soil. There is not any have to flush your crops earlier than harvest. We confer with that as ‘rising clear.’”

Feedback has additionally led to label modifications on sure merchandise. Coast of Maine initially promoted its Stonington Grower’s Mix as a water-only, residing soil. This nonetheless holds when rising in a 15-gallon container. But the corporate got here to grasp growers have their very own strategies and changes that impression each progress season and pressure.

Coast of Maine has created a feeding schedule utilizing its Stonington Plant Food and Fishbone Meal in conjunction with the soil. The Stonington Plant Food incorporates kelp meal, lobster meal, worm casting, alfalfa meal, and fish meal and is ideal for the vegetation cycle. The fishbone meal is excessive in phosphorus and terrific for buds and blooms. This mixture can be utilized to re-amend Stonington Growers Mix for second progress utility, or it may be used with different natural potting mixes. The product’s reputation is evidenced by expanded manufacturing capabilities all through the Northeast.

“We at the moment are producing our Stonington Growers Mix in two places,” says Bonsey. “Our authentic Marion, Maine, facility and now our Quarryville, Pa., amenities are cranking. The plan is to help our buy-local, be-sustainable and grow-clean mantra. It’s solely taken us 26 years to be in the best place on the proper time!”

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Coast of Maine Organics is a neighborhood New England Company that has been composting lobster shells, kelp, salmon and quite a few different ocean sources for greater than 20 years. To be taught extra, go to


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