Organics Matter to Deano: Compost business keeping greenwaste of our landfills

  • Deano’s dad Dean continues to provide inspiration and support for his son’s composting business. (Diana Duff/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Deano’s daughter Selah often helps out, especially when Deano needs help moving tools and material in one of the Organic Matters golf carts. (Diana Duff/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Many Organic Matters customers come to the site to load compost or soil in their trucks. (Diana Duff/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Deano’s new sifter has a rotation drum that has both a fine and course screen. (Diana Duff/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Deano is delighted with his new revolving sifter that makes the sifting process quicker and better. (Diana Duff/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Deano delivers his compost and potting mix throughout the Big Island in his Organic Matters truck that holds 6 cubic yards of soil. (Diana Duff/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Above: Deano checks his compost manually for texture and relies on several labs for nutrition and biological analysis. Below: Deano’s daughter Selah often helps out, especially when Deano needs help moving tools and material in one of the Organic Matters golf carts. (photos by Diana Duff/Special to West Hawaii Today)

I first heard about Deano’s compost business from his mom. She was at the Keauhou Farmers Market handing out cards for her son’s new business. I took a card and started ordering soil from Deano for my farm and the nursery where I worked. I was impressed with his dedication and the quality of his product as well as his friendly customer service. That was more than 10 years ago and his company, Organic Matters, has grown in size, quality and service ever since.