Waste Farmers

Loose and bagged fill soil products, soon organic fertilizers.

Arvada, Colorado

United States

www.wastefarmers.com

About Waste Farmers

Waste Farmers designs, manufactures, and markets lifestyle brands that address the world’s challenges in a positive, sustainable way. Founded in 2009, John-Paul Maxfield started with his savings of $9,000 and a belief that idealism and capitalism can coexist. Today Waste Farmers has evolved into an innovator respected by leaders in the global community for developing simple solutions to the complex problems of modern agriculture and food security.

Waste Farmers currently manufactures and sells premium organic soil products out of their “Microbe Brewery” and farmstead located in the shadow of Colorado’s majestic Front Range. Under their brand, Maxfield’s they offer products to help urban farmers and gardeners grow food, eat well and live full. Under their Batch:64 brand name, they offer products for indoor specialty agricultural professionals. As leaders in sustainable agriculture, they work hand-in-hand with growers to push the industry towards socially responsible and environmentally sound business and cultivation practices.

We became a B Corp because we believe in the collective power of business to solve pressing social and environmental problems.

The Change We Seek®

For Waste Farmers, as with life, it all begins and ends with the soil. One of the tenets of the great agrarian society that Thomas Jefferson envisioned was rooted in the belief that the cultivation of the soil provides direct contact with nature. It is in this reconnection where Waste Farmers sees hope for the future. It is here where humanity is reacquainted with the notion that we are part of the natural system and not removed from it, and where we seek to learn from nature, rather than find ways to simply extract from it. It is for this reason that Waste Farmers has committed to having a farm on site as a place for the surrounding community and their workers to grow food, eat well, and live full.

Via its farm and soil Microbe Brewery, Waste Farmers provides educational opportunities and tours to thousands of people a year free of charge and their employees are given paid time on the farm and in educational opportunities in an effort to reacquaint us all with that notion of being part of the natural systems. Employees of Waste Farmers also donate countless paid hours to local nonprofits focused on food justice and local sustainability.

Waste Farmers aims to build a lasting company and is guided by an enduring purpose statement and ten core values:

Purpose Statement:

We are cosmic journeymen seeking solutions inspired by natural systems, human potential, and intuitive imagination with the intention of enhancing the biosphere, local communities, and one’s authentic life.

Core Values:

1) Use passion to fuel change, allow imagination to drive it, and take pride in the vessel.

2) Don’t be afraid to take the contrarian point of view.

3) Believe there is more than less but trust that less is more.

4) Don’t be “right,” seek truth.

5) Strength through diversity, life builds life.

6) Trust your gut, listen, and always ask questions.

7) Civil disobedience through self-reliance.

8) The only productive move is to move forward.

9) Power ceases in the instant of repose. 

10) Take time for tea.

While incorporating their core values, Waste Farmer’s operates as a company that brings together passionate artists, business professionals, foodies, and farmers to find solutions that address the world’s most pressing social and environmental issues in a positive and sustainable way.

 

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

October 2014
Summary:

Company Score

Median Score*

Environment

Environment

The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.

44
7
Workers

Workers

The Worker section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.

13
18
Customers

Customers

The Customers section of the Assessment measures the impact a company has on its customers. The section focuses on whether a company sells products or services that promote public benefit, and if those products/services are targeted towards serving underserved populations. Questions in this section will measure whether a company's product or service is designed to solve a social or environmental issue (e.g. improves health, preserves environment or creates economic opportunity to individuals or communities, promotes the arts/sciences, or increases the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises).

N/A
N/A
Community

Community

The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.

18
17
Governance

Governance

The Governance section of the Assessment evaluates a company's accountability and transparency. The section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.

12
6
Overall B Score
86
55

80 out of 200 is eligible for certification

*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment

*Median scores will not add up to overall

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Miscellany: 

Press

  • Top of the Town Environmentalist 5280 Magazine Go »
  • Maxfield's - Cultivate the Farmer Within Video Go »
  • Waste Farmers' History Go »

Social Media

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Websites

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  • Batch:64 Website Go »