People, communities and businesses rely on our surrounding environment and natural resources to thrive. We consider ourselves to be stewards of the land, water and other resources that we manage. Our commitment and concern for sustainable use of resources and the environment pervades our operations. Here are some examples.
We recognize that water is a precious resource. All of our member farms have rights or access to surface water. For example, our member farms surrounding Oakdale, CA were recently annexed into the Oakdale Irrigation District.
In addition to carefully stewarding our sources of water, we are also extremely careful about when and how it is applied. All our member farms use the highest efficiency dual line drip systems. Dual line drip systems allow us to be precise in how we irrigate block by block. As more data is gathered, water use can be fine tuned to be even more efficient while sustaining yields.
Our member farms are regularly visited by a consulting biologist who advises us on care for sensitive plants, animals and water features. We choose to avoid any work or development that could disturb these sensitive areas. We prefer practices that are good for our orchards as well as the habitat.