Precision Fertility Application: We work with our growers to employ GPS systems to optimize planting, cultivating and spraying. The technology helps farmers improve soil quality, utilize every acre, reduce chemical application by eliminating overlap, and maximize crop yield. They also utilize farming practices that reduce soil compaction, mitigate soil erosion and save fuel.
Nutrient Optimization: Soil samples are sent to a lab for analysis to determine farmland nutrient levels, and our growers use the results to minimize fertilization application. We also continuously test new and improved varieties of seeds to increase yield and quantity and reduce the need for chemical additives.
Harvested products with imperfections and plant waste that is unavoidable in the commercial processing of our vegetables is collected and sent to area farmers to be used for animal feed or used as fertilizer for our fields. Finished products that don’t meet our stringent quality standards but are still safe for human consumption don’t go to waste either. We donate these products to local Chicago food banks, disaster relief food drives, and community events.