About Us

Our Mission

At The Ground Up we are dedicated to improving the vitality of our community through a sustainable foundation of healthy, fertile soil.

We manufacture and sell compost tea because it is the most efficient, effective way to restore and maintain healthy soil biology.

A Local Business Fostering Community Resilience

The Ground Up proudly resides in the heart of Colorado’s Rocky Mountain region.  Supporting local businesses like ours ensures revenue flows through and stimulates our local economy, leading to a more resilient community!  By using our soil health consulting services and applying our locally made compost tea to keep plants healthy, you will also be doing your part to help restore our local rivers and enhance our beautiful mountain views.

Our Team

We have a team of professionals who are Certified in  Composting, Soil Health Management, Gardening at Altitude, and Aboriculture! We will assess your trees, shrubs, turf, agricultural land and open space to determine the best plan of action to maximize yields, beauty, and soil health. We commit to diligence and care for your needs and the environment.

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Nick Close

ISA Certified Arborist and Preventative Tree Care Specialist.


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Shawn Bruckman

CSU Master Gardener, USCC Certified Compost Operations Manager, and Soil Health Specialist.

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Evan “Lanny” Ellis

CSU Master Gardener, Certified Permaculture Design Specialist, and Soil Food Web Lab Technician.