Kremmling business awarded top honors |

Kremmling business awarded top honors

Granby resident Betty Straub (center) of the Walden Organics Sales Team was offically presented with the Best New "Must Have" Product Award for Walden Organics at the 2016 ProGreen EXPO held in Denver recently. The award was presented by representatives of the Garden Centers of Colorado organization.
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February and March have been unseasonably warm in Grand County with snow melting off of roads and sidewalks throughout Middle Park.

The spell of warmer weather has many people feeling spring fever and preparing for planting season and summer gardens. For the folks at Confluence Energy though, out of Kremmling, spring and summer features proximately in their minds throughout the year. The company recently began working to promote their new line of garden and soil products under the product line name “Walden Organics”.

Walden Organics was recognized with the Best New “Must Have” Product award at the 2016 ProGreen EXPO held in February. Walden Organics was selected from a field of more than 400 exhibitors at the ProGreen EXPO, an industry conference in the Rocky Mountain region for businesses involved in the gardening/planting and horticultural industries. The EXPO is an opportunity for businesses to show off their latest product developments to a congregation of over 4,500 industry professionals at a conference held in Denver each year.

The Best New “Must Have” Product award is a retailer’s choice award and the winner is determined by a vote of the thousands of attendees at the conference. Most EXPO attendees hail from retail garden centers throughout the Rocky Mountain region.

Confluence Energy’s CEO Mark Mathis was proud of the recent designation. “We’re delighted to receive such a prestigious Green Industry award and to be recognized as the best from among the hundreds of new and wonderful products at the show,” Mathis stated.

Walden Organics’ new product line includes potting soil, outdoor garden mix and garden mulch among other items and will become available at select Grand County retailers in the coming weeks. The Walden Organics’ products use Confluence Energy’s TrueChar biochar as an organic compound base. The biochar is derived from beetle kill pine trees harvested locally.

“It’s a great example of making something useful from dead trees which otherwise pose a fire hazard,” stated Jonah Levine, Product Development Manager for Walden Organics. “It’s also an incredibly rich, aged organic material that is a fantastic base for these products.” Levine went on to state, “it perfectly demonstrates our philosophy of making a great economy and ecology.”

Confluence Energy is a company based out of Kremmling Colo. that focuses on developing products derived from the abundant supply of beetle kill pine trees in Grand County and the Rocky Mountains. According to their Web site,, they are the largest manufacturer of wood pellets in the western US. The Walden Organics product line diversifies Confluence Energy’s product portfolio to allow for more robust business when wood pellet sales dip in warmer months.

The company uses biomass from beetle kill pine for a number of products used in industries from cat litter to oil field waste treatment. The company began operations in 2008.

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