Practicing organic farming methods is only part of our equation for cultivating nutrient-rich plants. The other part is we do everything we can to leave the soil in a better place than we found it every time we're done harvesting.
Organic and regenerative farming methods are not the same on all farms. Growing nutrient-dense whole foods requires a real commitment to the soil – a commitment not everyone is willing to make.
For decades, our dedication to cultivating healthy soil has allowed us to maximize the nutrient density in our products, delivering them as close to nature as possible, and producing the kind of nutritional vitality that changes lives.
Our soil has vitality. It is literally a bio-diverse community thriving with thousands of living organisms. The continuous cycle of life in our soil cultivates a natural source of plant nutrition versus relying on petroleum-based fertilizers. Our organic farming methods foster good aggregation, air and water movement, high organic matter, and the right combination of microorganisms.
We take a holistic approach to organic farming. Our organic certification guarantees there are no synthetic pesticides and no genetically modified organisms (GMOs) used to grow our crops. There are no rescue methods in organic farming. We rely solely on our farmers, our diverse rotations, and the resilience of our living soil.
We believe responsible farming doesn’t just take from the earth – it gives back to it. Our regenerative and conservation farming practices help to ensure that the soil we pass on to future generations will be healthier than the soil we inherited. We give our soil the time and care it needs to replenish its biodiversity – which is not only essential to the quality of our products, but also to the sustainability of the environment.
Meet Our Farmers
Our farmers are experts at their craft, and organic farming is their way of life. Led by our Farm Manager, Christine Mason – a highly respected leader in the organic farming community – our team’s instincts and innovative thinking ensure our farm brings in a successful harvest. Working closely with the research and development team while leveraging technology to outsmart nature’s challenges, this team truly takes soil health and organic farming to a whole new level.
Our farm professionals collectively represent over
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“The most unique thing about our harvested products is that they don’t travel across the country to get processed, they simply travel down the road.”
Farm Operations Manager
We protect vital nutrients by harvesting our crops only when they are ready.
Once our crops reach their prime harvesting time, we transport them directly to our farm’s on-site juicing and drying facilities to begin the processing cycle. Farm products then travel down the road to our manufacturing facility to continue being processed and inspected for quality.
From soil to supplement, we apply stringent standards throughout our entire process – always setting a high bar with excellence as our standard.
We apply approximately 500,000 pounds of our own organic compost each year – in addition to millions of pounds of manure-free fertilizer (only organic food matter).
American food travels an average of 1,500 to 2,500 miles from farm to table. We harvest over 7 million pounds of our own food, annually, that travels 1.4 miles down the road.
All food we grow begins its processing journey on the day of harvest. We process hundreds of thousands of gallons of extract in the pressroom, and approximately a million pounds in the drier.
“The key to the highest quality is the manufacturing process” – Dr. Royal Lee
We honor this legacy with our greatest asset, our people, well-defined processes, and a world-class manufacturing facility.
Our Organic Farming Methods
Nature provides the foundation for all our nutritional needs. It has always been our mission to protect it at all cost. We have led the way in innovative organic farming and regenerative practices to ensure that the quality of our farmland is maintained for years to come. Today, our Nutrition Innovation Center is putting science behind many of the practices we have used for years. These methods not only improve our products, but also our world for the future.
We use certified organic seeds whenever they are available, whether they are purchased or seeds saved from our own farm. We never use genetically modified seeds.
We utilize many of the latest tools, including GPS technology to plant and cultivate with higher accuracy, the Einbock Cultivator for precise weeding at high speeds, and drones to evaluate our plants, soil, and more.
Our farm is surrounded on all sides by environmental buffers to minimize the impact of nonagricultural land and synthetic inputs from conventional farming practices.
Organic weed-control standards are strictly adhered to through weed management techniques including cultivating, mowing, hand weeding, cover crops, drone technology, and crop rotation.
We use composting, nature’s way of recycling, to increase fertility and soil health on the farm. It also keeps more than 2 million pounds of byproduct solids out of landfills annually.
Soil samples are taken annually to determine mineral and nutrient levels in the soil. No synthetic fertilizers or pesticides are ever used in our organic growing process.