We had the good fortune of connecting with David and Kimberly Wilson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi David and Kimberly, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
We started by composting in our own yard. As we continued researching the benefits of compost we realized how important this is to the soil, as well as for the earth around us. We started asking friends and family if they composted, and everyone told us that they had tried and gave up because they couldn’t get the right combination of browns and greens, or they didn’t want to have a pile of food in their yards inviting pests and rodents into their homes. That was when we realized there was a need, and we could provide a solution. We would take the food for them and compost it, so they could receive the benefits of composting without the mess and without becoming a backyard scientist. We love that by composting we are removing food waste from the landfills, and creating soils that can help new crops grow. This helps complete the food lifecycle, and reduces the methane gasses that are released into the atmosphere. We are so excited to be a part of reducing some of the greenhouse gasses that contribute to global warming, and creating better soils that help with carbon sequestration which draws carbon from the air to reduce even more greenhouse gasses.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
We started this business part time, David was working full time for a software company, and Kimberly was 8 months pregnant with our 5th child. Not exactly the best time to start a new venture. But if we all wait until the perfect time to start something we will never get started. After 8 months of slowing growing this business David was let go from his software job in the oil and gas industry which he had worked in for over 11 years. This was a turning point. Did we want to focus on the small business and make the leap into full-time entrepreneurship, or should I go back and find another job that would pay the bills? This is when we decided that this business is something that is so important to both the environment, and something that we are passionate about.We have felt no remorse about our leap.We are really excited for what we are doing, and the impact we are making in the lives of our customers, and for the environment. Our goal as a company is to provide back compost to our customers, as we believe in the benefits of composting for our soils. This is the biggest difference from our service and our competitors as we provide back compost more often than anyone else on the market and it’s easily dropped off at your door with your bucket. We love talking with our clients when they sign up for our service and feeling like we are a real part of our community.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Most of our family is from outside of Texas, so we always make it a point to take them to Buc-ee’s while they are in town.
The museum district is a must visit, and we always make sure to take a day to visit . While visiting the Children’s Museum or the Houston Zoo we would make sure to walk around the McGovern Centennial Gardens.
We also love to visit downtown Richmond, and eat at the Old Time Soda Fountain. There are some fun antique shops down there, and the train museum close by.
With a family of five small children we love that there are so many parks and trails throughout the city. We would plan a day to walk or ride bikes through the Terry Hershey Park. And with the warm summers we would find our ways to one of the many splash parks throughout the city.
We love nature, and parks, so we just like to enjoy a picnic at some of the great parks and nature trails in Houston. Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary, George Bush Park. We like to visit Bear Creek Pioneers park because it has great playgrounds, and a very small zoo available for free, which is great for small children. We have the goal of visiting 52 parks in Houston this year and have made it to 21. It has been a fantastic way to see so much of the city and we will know the best ones to take our family to next time.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There are many people and mentors that have helped us grow and build our business. From our current customers some of which have helped us improve our business model, and even help with our branding and website redesign. Also our families support us to help us get started and encourage us to keep chasing after this dream. We are also inspired by the many companies on the east coast that are also doing similar businesses. We have reached out to some, and they have been very encouraging, and supportive in this growing movement to keep food out of landfills.