In Our Orchards
As a result of investment in advanced irrigation technology, monitoring, AI and automation we have reduced our overall water usage by 15%.
Our integrated Pest Management Program deploys passive pest management tactics as our first line of defense. These methods include trapping, mating disruption and orchard sanitation. When we do need to resort to chemical-based tactics we can target only problem areas - no more spaying the whole orchard for a local problem. We apply crop protection materials only during inactive periods for bees and pollinators, and have eliminated the use of chemicals linked to pollinator health decline like chlorpyrifos and neonicotinoids.
We’ve use dust capturing technologies in our processing plants to provide cleaner air environments for employees. these technologies also reduce dust pollution in our communities.
At the end of the lifespan of our orchards, trees are removed and chipped on site and incorporated back into the soil. Not only does this boost soil health and aide water retention, but we eliminate the off-site transportation and disposal of this valuable resource.
We have converted our diesel powered pumping stations to use clean electricity. We’ve also begun replacing fossil fuel based equipment with those powered by electric energy. Solar has been installed where power consumption is sufficient to benefit from this investment.