Harrisonburg Organic Fertilizer Company Expands to Partner with Local and Out-of-State Farmers


HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) — Seven years ago, David Bocook started Mountain Gate Organics in a just 3,700 square foot facility to promote the benefits of using “living” soil to grow crops. .

“The worm farm produces about 650 tons a year in worm castings alone, which changes the biology of the soil and makes things live instead of dead,” Bocook said.

About 1.3 million earthworms are housed at Mountain Gate where they go through a multiple screening process to separate them from their castings which are then mixed together to create the fertilizer.

“We pack it full of organic grain, pure organic grain. I know what they’re getting, so the result is outstanding and he can carry a plant from start to finish on his own,” Bocook said.

Bocook said the company has begun offering customizable soil products designed specifically for the crops demanded by Mountain Gate’s partner farmers in and out of state, and even has an on-site store for that people can buy items for household use.

“We want to help the community. We want people to grow their own food. We want them to be able to taste that difference between home-grown tomato and store-bought tomato,” Bocook said.

In addition to being customizable, Bocook claims to sell around 637 different types of fertilizer-related products.

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