Wow. It’s been 20 years.
When Jim McGill decided he was ready to give up his environmental consulting business and go build a composting business, I was the lucky guy he invited along on the trip without a roadmap. My background in agricultural science gave me an appreciation for the power of microbes, but converting that first batch of poultry litter into a product converted me into a believer in the power of composting.
As the business has grown, I have been replaced in every position by someone who is better at the job than me. Now I find myself in the position of president — the only position left — and there is nowhere I would rather be. Today, I have the pleasure of working with a wonderful team of people doing something we all know makes a difference. While there is the occasional problem which requires my attention, my energies are now overwhelmingly focused on opportunities for improvement and growth.
If there is one thing that occupies my focus, it is the tantalizing opportunity for compost to solve real and present environmental problems. Of all the great benefits of compost, its potential to replenish soil organic matter is what it’s all about. Without topsoil, we have no future. Taking all the world’s biodegradable materials, composting them and returning the organic matter to the soil is not the best option – it is the only option. How to achieve that goal is what I think about most days.
At McGill, I have the pleasure of leading a team that creates opportunities for everyone to contribute to the restoration of the earth’s topsoil. We work with Fortune 500 companies, farmers, major municipalities and small towns, landscape architects, engineers, construction companies, the Department of Defense, the Department of Transportation and erosion control companies, to name but a few. Though each may have different immediate objectives, they all – through composting – contribute to a more sustainable future, both economically and environmentally.