Paying their employees a fair wage and benefits, and treating them with respect. 20 workers are year-round while another 20 seasonal employees return each year.
Building the soil with cover crops and compost. They make all of the compost we need for our farm on 4 acres, which are dedicated for that purpose. Wood chips from San Francisco bay area cities are recycled through the composting process.
Practicing environmentally sensitive pest control by attracting beneficial insects, constructing owl boxes, planting hedgerows, spraying compost tea, and more. Their goal is to minimize spraying (even though the sprays are organic). They try to anticipate insect and disease problems, and use a multi-faceted approach to preventing them, using organic techniques. Biological control is always our primary goal.
Decreasing water consumption and protecting water quality by using drip irrigation whenever possible, and other water saving techniques.
Finding alternatives to fossil fuels. They have 53 kilowatts of solar panels, and intend to add more. They fuel most of our tractors and trucks with Biodiesel. They run all of our diesel delivery trucks, and our newer tractors, on 100% biodiesel.
Seeking to improve farming methods through observation, talking with other farmers, soil and tissue testing, and keeping up with the latest research.