Over the years I've had an insiders’ tour of some of the state’s more sensitive industrial sites, including experimental labs at Pratt & Whitney and the Connecticut Yankee nuclear plant.
But photographer Daniel Owen and I couldn't gain access to a plant we thought would throw down the welcome mat: CowPots at the Freund Farm in East Canaan.
Matthew Freund would have loved to take us down by the Blackberry River where he and his employees turn cow dung into gardening pots – and ship them all over the nation and the world.
But he's now working under a contract with a buyer to produce the pots under that buyer’s name, and the deal calls for top secrecy.
CowPots were featured on The reality TV show “Dirty Jobs” on the Discovery Channel a few years back, and the business is growing, but Freund takes great care to protect his trade secrets even when he's not under a private production contract.
The method he uses to make odor-free poop pots – which decompose as fertilizer -- could be ripped off by would-be competitors, and he's spent eight or ten years perfecting it.
Freund sees the business taking off and starting to turn real profits in the next year or two. When we stopped by, he was getting ready for a large flower trade show in Ohio.
The farm also has an extensive store and bakery run by Matt’s wife, Theresa.
CowPots is one of those places we’ll visit again to offer the full story. I might have to work down at the dung pot factory to deliver a clear picture. It's a dirty job but someone had to do it.Copyright © 2015, CT Now