Sustainable Growing Practices
The beauty of working with local farms is that we know them - they're our neighbors, our co-workers and our friends. They farm because they want to make the world a better place, and as a result they're committed to using ecologically sound growing practices. Some of our grower are certified organic and some aren't, but ALL of them use the following principles of sustainable agriculture.
The fertility and biology of our farmers’ soil is protected through the use of cover crops, compost, compost teas, mulch and/or low-till management.
Our small farms are diverse landscapes, not sterile monocrops. Insect and wildlife habitat is created by planting a diversity of row crops and/or pollinator plantings, and by keeping uncultivated land around the farm.
All of our growers conserve water by using efficient drip irrigation, either entirely or combined with other irrigation methods.
Our farmers don’t use GMO’s, ever!
No synthetic fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides are used. Our farmers’ fertility inputs are typically manure, compost, cover crops or naturally-occurring amendments. Pests and insects are managed using barriers, beneficial insects, trapping and certified organic sprays. Weeds are dispatched the old fashioned way – by hand, hoe, rototiller, tractor or mulch.