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Sustainability

Protect and Conserve Water Resources

  • Utilizing linear irrigation drip systems versus overhead sprinkler systems reduces electricity and water usage by 50%

  • All water used in drip irrigation is system is filtered

  • Collection ponds are used for all water falling on the farm - protecting local streams

Protect and enhance soil

  • "No till" farming method - which is less destructive to the environment and better for the soil

  • Utilize crop rotation to build necessary organic nutrients in the soil

  • All fields are subjected to tissue samples to determine only the nutrients needed for the plants applied - no more and no less

  • Minimal commercial fertilizer

  • Organic materials are used on the ranch to reduce dust and protect crops

Integrated Pest Management

  • Extensive use of bees for proper pollination

  • Lady bugs rather than pesticides preferred

  • Evaluate and manage native insects and pests that can harm crops

Conserve and Enhance Wildlife Habitat

  • Improve water quality for wildlife by maintaining streams on and near the farms

  • Incorporate and nurture habitat for wildlife to provide food and cover for migratory birds and other wildlife

  • Turn excess vegetable matter into silage for animals by recycling into animal feed

Safe and Fair Working Conditions Provided for Employees

  • Conduct specialized job training, food safety and other job-related education

  • Maintain safe and sanitary facilities for all employees

  • Encourage input from employees to continually improve the workplace

Genetically Modified Organisms

  • Does not use genetically modified organisms

  • Grow crops from seed varieties developed though conventional breeding techniques

  • Separate our crops by distance and time to preserve soil and identity

  • Support local farming economies that promote health and a positive global ecosystem

Solar Power

  • Controls power costs, and supports the environment