Our company’s inspiration goes back to the Victory Gardens of World War II. Our founder, Steve Hazzard’s mother grew food for her family during the war, and Steve noticed at an early age that his mom took a different approach to gardening than most people. She preferred a more natural way to garden…saving scraps from the kitchen that she turned into compost. There were no chemicals in his family’s yard.
By the middle of the 1970s, as public and government concern for our environment grew, Steve’s passion for change led him to implement his mom’s non-toxic gardening approach. He felt led to explore ways to make non-toxic tools available to home gardeners. Steve found that the use of trichogramma beneficial wasps to combat leaf-chewing insects and the release of green lacewings to combat aphids were practical solutions to a critical challenge.
As time went by and Steve’s knowledge about the use and efficacy of beneficial insects grew, so too did his passion for sharing what he knew. He had insight into a holistic method of gardening and farming that he believed had potential to save the world from harmful toxins. He knew that toxins were not only harming those who came in contact with them, but they were becoming a severe detriment to the soil.
In 1976, Steve founded Organic Control, Inc. to further spread the word and to supply beneficial insects.