We understand the needs of farmers and ranchers because we live the agricultural lifestyle as well. Prior to delving into the world of biosolids recycling, we ran a cattle operation in Lewis County, Washington. While these aspects of our lives continue to thrive and grow, Fire Mountain Farms and the cattle operation grow and operate independently. This background in production agriculture has given us a unique insight in recycling biosolids. Understanding agronomic rates, soil conditioning, crop uptake and moisture retention are vital when applying biosolids as fertilizer.
Simmental cattle have played an integral role in our personal lives for decades. Actually, it's why biosolids were introduced into our own farming practice. Crops and livestock deplete the soil of essential nutrients over time. In order to maintain the health of our own land, we began applying biosolids in the 1980's. Today, we own and care for 100 mother cows on the same land as our grandparents.
Healthy crops yield more per acre. This is intrinsic to successful farming. Applying biosolids as fertilizer can promote a balanced soil pH, root production, and necessary micronutrients.
Fire Mountain Farms became involved in biosolids recycling projects in 1984 while farming 140 acres. The opportunities to grow and make an impact on our community have been plentiful throughout the years.
Setting the pace for the industry is just who we are. Working in conjunction with Department of Ecology and Wastewater Treatments Plants we are able to dredge lagoons, transport material and apply to agricultural land for much less than our competitors; saving cities, and taxpayers, a lot of money. We are also putting a renewable resource to good work as a fertilizer!
Fire Mountain Farms is unique in the way that we must work with contractors, commercial truck drivers, Department of Ecology, Department of Health, Wastewater Treatment Plants, farmers and neighbors to strike a balance in a tricky business that has offered us the opportunity to work in the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana.
Today our operation consists of over 800 acres throughout Lewis County in Washington state. We remain a family owned and operated business and continue to meet the growing demands of our suppliers.